Nashville Skate Scene Supports Independent Music Venues

Red Bull Skate Nash Stages transforms iconic Exit/In into a skate park to raise awareness for independent music venues — “The soul of our city

Red Bull teamed up with Exit/In and MVAN (Music Venue Alliance Nashville) to transform the famed rock venue into a private pop-up skate park for a series of socially distant skate sessions. Over the course of three days, nine skate crews from Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis had the opportunity to ride custom-built features, capture content and listen to live sets from local DJs.

Photo by Robby Klein/Red Bull Content Pool

For the first time in over a year, the Exit/In was brought to life. Valued staff members returned to work, security welcomed guests and the bass bumped to the sound of optimism for the family of staff and the creative class who call Exit/In home.

“Independent music venues are the soul of our city,” said Chris Cobb, Owner of Exit/In and President of MVAN, whose mission is to fiercely protect Nashville’s 15 independent music venue owners, operators and the ecosystem surrounding these notable properties. “Pretty quickly we realized it was existential and most of us realized we would go out of business if we didn’t do something about it,” he said. “Thus far we’ve been successful. We’ve been able to fend it off through fundraising initiatives, grant programs and a streaming series. That’s allowed us to collectively pool our resources and our talents to raise enough funds that we can all pay our bills.”

The transformation from rock club to skate park came together with a custom mini ramp built into the iconic Exit/In stage with an adjacent quarter-to-quarter hip feature. The pop-up park also utilized the venue’s outdoor space as a street section to accommodate skaters of all abilities.

Gallatin, TN native and pro Red Bull skateboarder Jake Wooten dropped in on the action alongside local skaters as some of Nashville’s beloved DJs made their return to a live stage, including the Boom Bap’s DJ Rate and DJ Jerry J, drummer for Old Crow Medicine Show.

“Skateboarding has given me everything in my life,” said Wooten. “It’s given me purpose and a way to connect with people; a way to communicate with people that I can’t speak the same language with,” he said. “I know music does the same thing — it’s just something that’s felt. Skate and music are intertwined.”

In true Nashville fashion, The Cadillac Three filmed a music video for the song “Bridges” from their Tabasco & Sweet Tea album (Big Machine Records) on the set of Red Bull Skate Nash Stages. The ACM Awards Group of the Year nominee’s relentless effort to #SaveOurStages over the course of the last year, paired with their roots in rock music made the skate setup a no-brainer for the trio. 

“Anything new these days,” said TC3 lead vocalist Jaren Johnston. “I grew up skateboarding, so I thought it was a really cool thing to be a part of and Exit/In is our favorite place.” Fans can check out the video for “Bridges” coming in early April.

Photo by Robby Klein/Red Bull Content Pool

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American Heart Association Gym With The Biggest Heart Event

Workout Date: Saturday, December 12th

Location: Each participating Gym

Cause: Benefitting the American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee through the 2021 Heart Gala Late Party.

The Middle Tennessee Heart Gala Late Party is designed to spark awareness, compassion and a deeper understanding of the nation’s no. 1 and no. 5 killers – cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It is an opportunity to celebrate advances in the fight, celebrate the lives of survivors, and unite our community

toward a healthier, happier future. Corporate, social, medical, and philanthropic members of the community are joined together to advocate, support, and directly impact the mission of the American Heart Association.

Cost: $10 donation per participant/athlete – Using Mobile Cause Late Party website, please be sure to select the gym you will be representing. Gyms will not need to collect or keep track of funds – we will use the Mobile Cause Website to handle all tracking. Participants are welcome and encouraged to make donations at a higher amount than the $10 buy-in.


“Hearty Holiday 12” Workout – Caleb Gregory (CrossFit East Nashville) to program. Similar to popular 12 Days of Christmas workout. Adjust and scale as needed for your gym’s workout style andor your members’ abilities. Scale as needed (Please contact Matt Donnelly below for scaling suggestions!)

Sequence: Kick things off with 1 short run, then you’ll do 2 handstand pushups and 1 short run, then 3 Front Squats, 2 Handstand Pushups, 1 Short Run and so on until you finish with 12 Power Snatches, 11 calorie row, etc. until you end with 1 Short Run.

1. Short Run (Shuttle Run or 200m)
2. Handstand Pushup (Shoulder Press/Hand-release Pushup)
3. Front Squat (Goblet Squat)
4. Hang Power Clean (Dumbbell Hang Power Clean or Curls)
5. Deadlift
6. Pullups (Assisted Pullups/Ring Rows/Bent-over Rows)
7. Box Jumps (Step-ups)
8. Toes-To-Bar (Sit-ups, Hanging knee raises, v-ups)
9. Wallballs (Dumbbell Thrusters, Split Jumps)
10. Kettlebell Swings (Dumbbell)
11. Calorie Row (Sumo Deadlift High-pull, 11 Mountain Climbers on each leg)
12. Power Snatch (Dumbbell Snatch)

How to “Win”:

We’re all winners when it’s for charity, but the gym with the highest donation dollars wins the award!


Bragging Rights, Recognition at the Late Party and Winning Gym will receive 10 Tickets to Late Party Digital Experience on January 30, 2021

Have Fun!:

Encourage ugly Christmas sweaters or other fun holiday themes. Feel free to make an internal competition of your own gym members too!

**Questions? Please contact Matt Donnelly – 610.730.7686 or**

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Local Pro Skateboarder Jake Wooten Partners With Red Bull For Community Skate

By: Staff Writer
Photos by Robby Klein

October 26, 2020 | Nashville, TNThe quintessential 2020 celebration has been the drive-by, honking horns, decked out cars and cheering on loved ones has become a staple of social distancing festivities, yet Nashville has never seen a caravan quite like this before. On Sunday, pro skateboarder and Tennessee-native Jake Wooten returned home to up the ante on the drive-by concept.

Jake, along with this hometown friends including the team at Sixth Avenue Skatepark, loaded up the Red Bull vehicle and brought their own mobile skatepark to Nashville skaters itching to get out of their houses. He hit the streets stopping at four different locations throughout the city for 30-minute jam sessions complete with rails and ramps before moving onto the next spot. The neighborhoods Jake stopped by included Antioch, Bellevue, Madison, and Franklin.

Jake grew up just north of Nashville in the town of Gallatin. It was there where he honed his skills that earned him first place at the Vans Park Series in 2018 and a spot among skating’s rising stars. Now at only 20-years-old, Jake returned home to deliver the gift of skate directly to the front steps of Nashville’s ever-growing skate community.

“It was great to see all my friends who I haven’t been able to visit since all of this started.” Jake said after a day of skating. “It felt so good to bring some fun and normalcy to these Nashville skaters.”

This year’s break in competition hasn’t been ideal for Jake or any of his peers in the skateboarding world but being able to bring some joy to Nashville made this visit home extra special.

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“Voice of IRONMAN” Mike Reilly To Emcee Inaugural Mind Body Tri

Want the voice of IRONMAN to call your name out during a race?

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Marathon Pilates Announces Expansion

With so many businesses struggling, one Nashville entrepreneur looks toward growth, and supports other small businesses with a focus on wellness and healing.

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barre3 Nashville Offers LIVESTREAM and Outdoor Classes Upon Reopening

August 4, 2020 | Nashville, TN – Barre3 Nashville is offering virtual LIVESTREAM classes, outdoor classes, and socially distanced studio classes upon their reopening. Barre3 Nashville has two locations: 501 12th Ave South in the Gulch and 73 White Bridge Road in West Nashville.  Barre3 offers a full body, balanced workout combining strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness.

Since opening in 2014, barre3 Nashville has fostered a community of fiercely loyal fans who are inspired by healthy, balanced living and captivated by the full-body workouts in studio and online videos.

Holly Coltea, co-owner of barre3 Nashville, notes that reopening the studio was a dedicated work of passion, of embracing a flexible mindset, and taking the opportunity to create a supportive community of health and wellness in the midst of a pandemic. “My goal was to create a safe place for Nashville to move and to find connections. We decided day two of our forced closure, to serve our community through LIVESTREAM classes via ZOOM. Our actual studio closed, but we opened our virtual studio right away, and it remains open.”

“Never have I experienced a workout that makes me feel so strong, challenged and mindful all at once,” says Coltea. “Practicing barre3 makes me feel balanced all day long, and I’m so glad I’m able to continue to share it. In this present moment, I believe we need barre3 more than ever.”

Barre3 Nashville outdoor classes are held every weekday morning in the Gulch’s Grace’s Alley (directly in front of the studio door) and every Friday afternoon at Centennial Park (directly in front of the Parthenon) . Studio classes are held with less than half capacity & six feet spacing markers, highly disinfected props, with extra precautions to air flow and ventilation. Extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in place. Barre3 Nashville has even installed an ionization unit to ensure their indoor space is purified and completely safe for use. 

“We temperature check; screen with COVID-19 questions; and require masks upon entry. While we provide and sanitize all props before and after use, we also encourage our clients to bring their own props. By offering these options at both of our locations, we hope to meet our community where they are. This also keeps our team strong and healthy–ready to give wholeheartedly to this beloved 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.

Barre3 Nashville Reopening Details: To celebrate their opening, barre3 Nashville is offering all new clients 3 classes for $40. Additionally, for those who want to stay home, all first-time LIVESTREAM clients can take their first class for only $10.  Lastly, the Sunday Centennial Park class is free for all! barre3 Nashville is committed to making this whole-body health lifestyle financially accessible with a wide variety of pricing options to fit every budget. 

About barre3: Barre3 is a fitness company comprising 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.

Contact: For more information, images and/or to arrange an interview, please contact Holly Coltea,

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Small World Yoga Attempts to Host “World’s Largest Online Yoga Lesson” on International Day of Yoga

June 17, 2020 | Nashville, TN – Nashville nonprofit Small World Yoga announced today that it will be celebrating International Day of Yoga on Sunday, June 21 by attempting to achieve the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ of “largest online yoga lesson” and “most people performing the tree pose (yoga) simultaneously online.”

Yogis of all experience levels will be able to attend this free virtual event courtesy of Microsoft Teams. The afternoon will be one of community and connection with yogis from all over the country and world participating. Nationally renowned yoga instructors Bethany Lyons of Lyons Den Power Yoga (New York), Sean Silvera of Baptiste Power Yoga San Francisco, and Catherine Njeri and Patrick Kiragu of Africa Yoga Project (Nairobi, Kenya).

Location: Microsoft Teams:

CostFree all attendees with voluntary donations benefiting Small World Yoga

Schedule of Events:

3:30 to 4:00 PM CST – Welcome, meditation, and introductions

4:00 to 5:00 PM CST – Yoga Practice for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt

5:00 to 6:00 PM CST – Tree Pose Challenge in an attempt to break a second GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, MoveFit Dance Party, and closing remarks

“This organization meets multiple critical needs not only in our Nashville community but also for our nation and others around the globe,” Small World Yoga executive director and founder, Liz Veyhl, said. “It is our mission and motivation to give people of all backgrounds access and the opportunity to positively impact and create changes in their own life or mental and physical well-being.”

Any donations collected during the event will go directly to Small World Yoga. Serving an average of 2,000 students per month, Small World Yoga has over 140 certified teachers helping to increase access to yoga’s physical and mental benefits. Classes are offered in more than 100 outreach locations throughout Middle Tennessee, including low-income neighborhoods, homeless families, correctional facilities, cancer patients and caregivers, women in recovery from domestic violence or drug & alcohol abuse, and many more underserved populations.

For more information on Small World Yoga, the International Day of Yoga celebration, or ways to donate, visit


About Small World Yoga

Small World Yoga is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 100 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

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Local Studios Come Together to Host Fitness and Fundraising Competition

We are stronger together.

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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: 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 or follow them on social media at @westnashdc.

Media Contacts:
Full Name: Miranda Telford
Phone: 615-585-7699
Company: West Nashville Dream Center

Original News Story:

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