Resolution Solution: Local Gyms Offer Something for Everyone

Studies have shown that nearly half of all gym memberships started based on New Year’s resolutions are all but forgotten by Valentine’s Day. Of the one-in-eight Americans who pledge themselves to the fitness revolution in January, a mere 20% of those are still at it by the time Thanksgiving comes around.

Going to the gym is a commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly; it can be expensive, time-consuming and may interrupt an already busy schedule. However, when going to the gym is fun, convenient, or pairs physical fitness with potentially lifesaving skills, it becomes an aspiration instead of an obligation. Thankfully, Hendersonville boasts dozens of gyms, dojos, and training centers, meaning there’s no excuse to get around getting into shape.

24-Hour Gyms

24-hour gyms are an answered prayer for busy professionals, college students and stay-at-home moms alike. Planet Fitness, in Hazel Path Commons, offers a full range of onsite classes along with a nice selection of its signature purple cardio and strength training equipment. Similarly, Anytime Fitness is a freestyle, always open fitness center that provides a complimentary personalized fitness plan to new members.

Martial Arts Training

Martial arts training, contrary to popular belief, isn’t reserved for the physically elite. Hendersonville Martial Arts Owner and Lead Instructor Justin Swanson explains that many self-defense training programs are adaptable to all skill levels. Hendersonville Martial Arts is one of the area’s fastest growing Krav Maga training centers. Swanson claims this military-style self-defense system is not only exciting and engaging but can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour. HMA recently announced it would double its floor space, taking up a large chunk of real estate in the Hazel Path Commons shopping center.

UFC Gym packs a punch with a full schedule of MMA, kickboxing and other “functional fitness” classes for those ready to kick that excess winter weight to the curb. UFC Gym, which is in the Indian Lake West shopping complex, is unique in that it houses a regulation-sized UFC octagon ring.

Timed Training Programs

Timing is everything, at least according to CrosFfit enthusiasts. CrossFit of Hendersonville stresses shorter duration workouts for maximum intensity. Each fast-passed, instructor-led workout program focuses on varied movements to consistently target multiple muscle groups –and keep things interesting. With small classes, capping out at approximately 20 people per group, CrossFit of Hendersonville offers personal attention for people of all levels.

A newer member of the Hendersonville fitness family is Indian Lake Blvd.’s Orange Theory, which focuses on heart rate monitor interval training. This allows participants to know when they have reached their peak performance levels during each 60-minute class. Certified personal trainers are always available and Orange Theory’s package options start at just four classes per month.

Boot Camps

Burn Boot Camp has set Hendersonville on fire with its daily schedule of high-intensity training programs; a children’s program is available during certain sessions. BBC offers a number of fitness classes including its signature Fit Mom Ambassador Program, Men’s Program, Kidz Camp and Burn Yoga.

Traditional Fitness Centers

Hendersonville is home to the Sumner Co. YMCA, located in Bluegrass Commons. The “Y” has a laundry list of group training classes from 5 AM until 7 PM, including aquatic exercise classes, yoga, spin and circuit training. Y-Play, the YMCA’s onsite childcare for ages six weeks though six years, is free and open during peak hours for members.

Also offering childcare is Gold’s Gym, which boasts a large cardio cinema and tanning beds. Both The Y and Gold’s have an impressive selection of cardio and strength training equipment as well as free weights, locker room facilities and personal training.

No list of local gyms would be complete without mentioning the Family Ministry Center at First Baptist Church. This expansive facility is made up of two group fitness rooms, three weight rooms, two full-size basketball courts and an indoor walking/jogging track. FBC Family Ministry Center members also have access to numerous other amenities including an indoor playground and library.

Form-Focused Fitness

Southern Barre Fitness on New Shackle combines the beauty and elegance of dance with a high-intensity workout designed to render real results. Piloxing, boxing, dance, and Pilates fusion training program, as well as yoga and barre basics classes, are offered in a state-of-the-art facility.

Jazzercise in Gallatin, which is owned by Hendersonville resident Bryna Grant, offers greater than a dozen class formats. Grant celebrated ten years in business this past August and claims that Jazzercise’s dance-based workouts are not only fun but bring women of all ages and physical abilities together

Exercise Without Boundaries

Structured programs are not for everyone, and this author is a living testament to that. The good news is that Sumner County is ripe with plenty of non-workout activities sure to keep the body strong, the mind active and the heart pumping.


Check out the Greenway starting at Memorial Park or Drakes Creek Athletic Complex for an invigorating and interesting walk; the entire family can enjoy. Feeling more adventurous? Bledsoe Creek State Park in Gallatin is a 169-acre nature-lovers paradise with plenty of unpaved and uphill trails to explore.


Tennis, team sports, and even golf and bowling are great activities that utilize several muscle groups, allowing participants to play away the excess weight. The Hendersonville Parks Department is a valuable resource for information on local adult sports leagues. Basketball, kickball, volleyball and softball programs are offered at various times throughout the year.

Yard Work

While it might not be time to think about that spring garden, there are plenty of outdoor chores that can burn calories before the inevitable warm up. Shoveling snow and moving heavy rocks and debris, for instance, will melt away an average of 400 to 600 calories in an hour. Push mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and planting flowers are a great way to shave off 200 to 600 calories in just a few hours.


Those opting for a YMCA membership can take advantage of the indoor pool this winter and swim away 400 to 700 calories during a 60-minute swim session.