Local Studios Come Together to Host Fitness and Fundraising Competition

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“It’s Theresa’s Time!” Subscription Contest

For just $30, you can support Achilles International Nashville*, get a one year subscription to Nashville Fit Magazine, AND enter to win a HardWin Picnic — a free two nights’ stay in Black Mountain, North Carolina at a 5-Star Airbnb with a guided trail run at your group’s fitness level. The lucky winners will also be featured in a future story about their epic adventure in a future issue of Nashville Fit Magazine!

To win, guess the race time blind Achilles Athlete, Theresa Khayyam, will finish the 2020 Nashville St. Jude’s Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon**.  Closest guess (make sure to include hours, minutes and seconds) without going over will win the HardWin Picnic!***.

Gather the friends you want to run with on the HardWin Picnic and have them subscribe and enter to win! Work as a team to make the most strategic “It’s Theresa’s Time” Contest guesses you can! A list of Theresa’s previous race finish times are located HERE.

Increase your chances of winning by purchasing more entries! Every entry over the $30 subscription is just $5. When you do, Achilles International Nashville receives 50% of anything over and above the normal subscription rate of $30.

The winning guess will be posted on this page on the evening of April 25th, 2020.****

*Achilles International Nashville receives 20% of $30 subscription and 50% of every $5 dollar guess over and above subscription rate.
**Guesses will be kept secret by Nashville Fit Magazine and will not be revealed to Theresa and her guide prior to the race.
**In the unlikely event of a tie — remember to guess down to the second — the winner will be determined by public drawing, probably at Jackalope Brewery the following weekend.
***Winner has a year to select the desired weekend at the 5 Star Airbnb with exclusive use of the upstairs suites: two full baths, three bedrooms, two parlors and private deck, a luxurious space that comfortably accommodates a party of two to eight guests.
***Host(s) HardWin Adventures Staff — trail guiding and house cleaning — use downstairs bedroom and facilities.
***Winning group responsible for own food and dishwashing.
***All towels and linens provided.
***All persons participating in the guided trail run must sign a waiver.
****Winning group agrees to be the focus of a feature story in a future issue of Nashville Fit Magazine.

First, purchase a Nashville Fit Magazine subscription HERE!

Then, enter the contest to win HERE! Your email address will be matched for each entry.

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Nonprofit Annual Dream Center 5K Finds Future Home

The West Nashville Dream Center is a local 501 (c)(3) committed to PROTECT and EMPOWER those living in crisis. Their programs serve the Clifton Pike/40th Avenue neighborhood, the Preston Taylor housing community, and three of the surrounding income-based apartment complexes in both the 37208 and 37209 areas. One of the ways they build awareness of their programs and the neighborhoods they serve is their annual 5K race set for February 29, 2020. Five kilometers is the same distance many families would have to walk or take the bus to get groceries. Their 5K is a unique race in Nashville because the route takes you through the middle of the neighborhood where they serve. This year’s event will be particularly special as it will start and end at their brand new facility at 520 39th Avenue North (slated to open in March 2020).

The cost of the 5K race is $35, and proceeds help fund their programming budget. Registration includes a t-shirt and race bib. The 5K race begins at 10:30 AM. Immediately following the awards ceremony, participants and their families are invited to stay for an after-party featuring a health fair with local vendors. They also include a free fun run for participants 12 and under, which starts at 10 AM. Additional registration and event details are found here: www.westnashdc5k.com. Since losing their original location in June of 2018 due to the landlord selling the property, they took their ministry mobile and have grown their food program from three days a week to mobile sites seven days a week. Because of their partnership with Second Harvest, they have extended partnerships with Whole Foods, Sprouts, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s grocery stores list, rescuing an average of 5,000 pounds of food per month. This food, in turn, feeds nearly 2,000 community members a month. “It’s incredible to say we feed thousands of people, but that’s just meeting a basic human right. If we get too excited about this we miss the incredible opportunity to empower through relationship. We call it the magic in the middle. It’s when we stop ‘helping people’ and become family to them instead.” TJ Fletcher, West Nashville Dream Center Executive Director

Living out the empowerment piece of their vision will flourish once they have their new home base. “We have proven we can do a lot without a building. But what we have created isn’t just a set of programs. It’s a family, and a family needs a home.” TJ FletcherNeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis reveals that the Clifton Pike / 40th Ave N. neighborhood has more single mother households than 99.0% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. Because of this, stat, single mother-led homes, and their children are one of the main demographics they serve. Their new home will be a place where things like community meals are provided and professional development classes are held that help foster opportunities for growth both emotionally and financially. Food donations will be housed out of their new facility, and they plan to continue five of their seven mobile food sites due to the success they’ve had this past year.

To learn more about the West Nashville Dream Center and how you can be part of the dream, visit www.westnashdc.com or follow them on social media at @westnashdc.

Media Contacts:
Full Name: Miranda Telford
Phone: 615-585-7699
Company: West Nashville Dream Center
Website: www.westnashdc.com
Email: miranda@westnashdc.com

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First Row House in Tennessee to Open in Franklin

Offering members low-impact, high-energy workouts!

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Music City Yoga Festival to Take Place on February 15th

WHAT: Small World Yoga will be hosting its annual Music City Yoga Festival Presented By GoNoodle on Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by bringing together the region’s top yoga instructors and wellness experts for a day of self-care and community that features live music, diverse vendors, food trucks and local businesses. Attendees have the opportunity to take yoga classes throughout the day from a robust line-up of local and national yoga teachers. This event is open to all ages and yoga levels. Tickets are available online for $50 at musiccityyogafestival.com or at the door the day of the festival for $65.

All proceeds from the event support Small World Yoga, a Nashville nonprofit inspiring growth, connection, and possibility through yoga across Middle Tennessee. Serving an average of 2,000 students per month, Small World Yoga has over 140 certified teachers helping to increase access to the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Classes are offered in more than 100 outreach locations throughout Music City, including Room in the Inn, the Davidson County Correctional Facility and The Next Door.

WHERE: Rocketown, 601 4th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37210

COST: $50 for General Admission; Food and beverage vendors will be available for individual purchases, as well as various retail vendors in the Festival Marketplace.


9:00 a.m. – Registration opens
10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Meditation, Brooke Widmer (Small World Yoga)
10:10 a.m. – Powerful Vinyasa with Cindy Lunsford (Yogasoul) and Amanda Bell (Bend and Zen Hot Yoga)
11:15 a.m. – Standing 26 with Nora Shabayek (Fahrenheit Yoga) and Madison Blackwell-Dotson (Madison Ryan Yoga)
12:10 p.m. – Vinyasa Flow with Emily Wilterdink (Life Time Athletic – Franklin) and Kristin Gore (FreeBird Fitness)
12:55 p.m. – Mission Moment: Connecting People, Creating Community with Liz Veyhl (Small World Yoga)
1:15 p.m. – Bootcamp with Derrick T. Billups Jr. (City Fit Concierge) and Lindsey Hahn (Burn Boot Camp – Bellevue)
2:10 p.m. – Cacao Bliss Flow with Debbie Williamson and Kellie Lin Knott (Wild Kauai Chocolate)
3:05 p.m. – Yin Yoga with Liz Stewart (Sanctuary For Yoga, Body & Spirit) and Ashley Brooke James (TRILUNA Wellness)
3:55 p.m. – Namaste

 For more information on the Music City Yoga Festival, or to purchase tickets, visit musiccityyogafestival.com or the festival page on Eventbrite.com.


Small World Yoga is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and accessibility to yoga. Small World Yoga’s mission is to inspire growth, connection and possibility by increasing access to yoga. The organization connects yoga teachers to areas of the Nashville community that have limited access to yoga. Currently, Small World Yoga is sharing yoga in over 60 locations throughout Nashville including children and adults in low income neighborhoods, homeless families, cancer patients and caregivers, women in recovery from domestic violence or drug & alcohol abuse and many more underserved populations. More information is available at http://www.smallworldyoga.org/.


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Community Options to Host Annual Cupid’s Chase 5K at Shelby Park

The annual Cupid’s Chase 5K is back!

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AVP America to Debut First National Grass Championships in Nashville

The AVP America debut is coming to Nashville!

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Nashville’s First Recycled Outdoor-Clothing Shop Opening In East Nashville

Oct 1, 2019 | East Nashville, TN – On Saturday, October 5 from noon to 6:00 p.m., Orbital Outdoors will host the grand opening of its brick and mortar store at the Shoppes on Fatherland in Five Points. The store will feature upcycled outdoor-centric clothing and gear, ranging from National Parks memorabilia to vintage Patagonia, the North Face and other outdoor brands. The owners, Mark and Kelsey, want to inspire Nashvillians to get outside, and look good doing it.


Kelsey Silverstein and Mark Donoher live in East Nashville with their three dogs Maddie, Ollie and Rocky. Their journey together began when they met in Savannah, Georgia six years ago. Mark and Kelsey took a year-long road trip to climb and mountain bike their way across the U.S.

Their cross-country trek started in a Subaru with a homemade trailer attached, and they eventually upgraded to a van. To sustain their trip financially, they scoured the nation’s thrift stores along the way and sold the best pieces of clothing they found on Ebay. Mark and Kelsey eventually ended up in Nashville and got married. Mark also founded and runs Orbital Climbing, LLC, a company that specializes in homemade skincare remedies for climbers, aptly named Boulder Balm. They are passionate about environmental conservation and are motivated to inspire others to take steps to mitigate their environmental impact. Boulder Balm is handmade with sustainable materials by Mark, and Kelsey procures all items sold at Orbital Outdoors.

The store mural was created by Clare Horne of AMARANT ART & DESIGN.

For more information and updates on Orbital Outdoors please visit orbitalclimbing.com/orbitaloutdoors or follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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Ben Lankford

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Boutique Fitness Studio barre3 Opens in Brentwood

Everyone’s first barre3 class is FREE September 20 – October 20

Sept 26, 2019 | BRENTWOOD, TN – Barre3, a global network of studios and the innovative leader of the barre fitness movement, will open its newest location in the Brentwood, Tennessee area this Friday, Sept. 20 at 4908 Thoroughbred Ln. To celebrate the barre3 Brentwood opening, Co-Owners Jessie Ganick and Francie Corcoran will be offering everyone’s first class for free throughout the grand opening month.

Since launching in 2008, barre3 has grown to over 140 studios around the globe, building a worldwide community of fiercely loyal fans who are inspired by healthy, balanced living and captivated by the full-body workouts in studios and online. A modern evolution of barre created by fitness expert, Sadie Lincoln, barre3 offers a full body, balanced workout combining strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness.

Ganick notes that opening this Brentwood studio was a dedicated work of passion, embracing the opportunity to create a supportive community of health and wellness in her home town.

“I discovered barre3 in college when I was studying at the University of Knoxville,” said Ganick. “There was something magical about the atmosphere and community, and I quickly fell in love with the classes, instructors and welcoming staff that made me feel strong and challenged. It has been my dream to bring barre3 to the Brentwood area for several years, and I look forward to sharing my dedication to fitness and wellness with our community.”

Barre3 is a full-body mindful workout that delivers remarkable results from the inside out. You’ll be guided through sustained holds, muscle-burning micro-movements, and heart-pumping cardio bursts. The barre3 signature approach will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within.

Fisher adds, “Barre3’s mission is to make fitness accessible to anyone, anywhere. Our classes are designed to make everyone feel welcome, and Jessie and I look forward to helping redefine what success in fitness truly means. We are excited to finally be opening our studio doors – a project we have been working on for more than a year – and we can’t wait to connect with the Brentwood community in a few days.”

Barre3 Brentwood is the third location to open in the Greater Nashville area. The Brentwood studio joins Nashville studios in the Gulch and on White Bridge Rd. The studio is located in the Merchants Walk shopping center near the intersection of Franklin Rd. and Old Hickory Blvd. For more information about barre3 Brentwood, please visit the studio website at barre3Brentwood.com or call us at 629-203-6065.

Brentwood Grand Opening Details:

To celebrating their opening, barre3 Brentwood is offering everyone’s first class for free starting Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 20. Continuing, for a limited time, the Brentwood-based business will offer their specially priced membership option for unlimited classes at the studio plus many perks. Ongoing, barre3 Brentwood will make their whole-body health lifestyle easily accessible to all with a robust class schedule (classes will run seven days a week as early as 6:00 a.m. and as late as 6:45 p.m.) with barre3’s signature Play Lounge for children available during many classes each week.


About barre3:

Barre3 is a fitness company comprised of more than 140+ studios around the globe, 300+ streamable online workouts, wellness retreats held throughout the year, a thriving digital magazine, and thoughtfully curated retail products. Through fostering a culture of good health, barre3 is a community where every individual can feel balanced in body and empowered from within. Founded by renowned fitness and wellness expert Sadie Lincoln in 2008, barre3 features a highly effective system of one-inch isometric variations and fluid motions. Barre3 combines strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness. Every dynamic barre3 workout is designed to increase energy and produce serious, lasting results. By focusing on whole-body health, we empower you to feel your best from the inside out! Barre3 is adored by everyone from busy moms to A-list celebrities, earning media attention from How I Built This, WELL + GOOD, TIME, SELF, INSTYLE, VOGUE, People, US WEEKLY and many more.

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Achilles Nashville Brings 6th Annual Hope and Possibility Race to Music City

Hope and Possibility® 5-Miler and 1-Miler to Be Held October 19th, 2019 at the Dominican Campus

September 11, 2019 | NASHVILLE, TN – Achilles Nashville will hold its 6th Annual Hope and Possibility® 5-Miler and 1-Miler (https://hopeandpossibilitynashville.enmotive.com/), on Saturday, October 19th , 2019 with Start, Finish, and Post-Race Celebration on the beautiful grounds of The Dominican Campus (4210 Harding Pike, Nashville). More than just a race, the mission of this community-unifying event is to celebrate Hope and Possibility® in our great city of Nashville.

The Hope and Possibility® is the signature race of Achilles International, an international 501(C) 3 that brings together able-bodied runners with athletes with disabilities, welcoming all to the wonderful world of athletics. Athletes with and without disabilities will run alongside one another throughout the 5 or 1 mile course.

Awards will be given to 5-Miler participants for the Top 3 M/F Overall, Masters, Grandmasters, Top 3 M/F Age-Specific Categories, and Top 3 Handcycle, Pushrim Wheelchair, Power Chair, Push Division, Ambulatory-Disabled, Above-Knee Amputee, Below-Knee Amputee, Double Amputee, and Visually Impaired Categories.

Sponsors for this year’s race include Capital Spring, HG Hill, Baird, Fleet Feet, Calypso Café, Nashville Striders, Dell, Heritage Medical, Wil Power Sports Training, along with other Friends of Achilles.

In the spirit of its mission, Hope & Possibility® participants designate $5 of their registration fee to local non-profit organizations that provide Hope and Possibility® to people in our city every day. The 2019 Beneficiaries are ABLE Youth, Achilles International Nashville, Ainsley’s Angels, Mending Limbs, and Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes.

To register and learn more about Hope and Possibility®, visit https://hopeandpossibilitynashville.enmotive.com/.

Media Contact
Amy Saffell
P: (615) 480-4331/E: amysaffell@yahoo.com

About Hope & Possibility®

The Hope & Possibility® is the signature race of the not-for-profit Achilles International and began in 2003 with the remarkable story and recovery of avid runner Trisha Meili, author of “I Am the Central Park Jogger, A Story of Hope and Possibility®.” Achilles’ flagship chapter in New York City has hosted 12 Hope & Possibility® races in Central Park, acknowledging and celebrating the abilities of all athletes, running side-by-side. Attendees have included Prince Harry of Wales, Jon Stewart, Gloria Gaynor, Heather McCartney, Cindy and Meghan McCain, and former New York governor David Paterson (now Achilles International’s Chairman, Board of Directors).

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