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If going to the gym is not your thing, we get it. We really get it. Take it from me, Laura:
I was looking like a hot mess while running on the treadmill at the gym, and guess who steps on the treadmill by my side – a former pastor from my church. He’s also a professional athletic trainer and as you can imagine, he said, “Aww, you can go faster than that.” He then proceeded to turn up the speed on MY treadmill. I nodded agreeably, inwardly filing away a new reason to hate the gym – no privacy! Then, as the speed went way past my normal 5.8 mph, I lost my footing and TRIPPED. As if that wasn’t enough embarrassment, I fell to the side onto his treadmill making him fall as well. Thankfully no one was next to him or movie-worthy treadmill domino affect would have ensued. We laughed it off, but shame-induced tears also seemed like an appropriate response. I sulked over to the less dangerous ellipticals.
All that to say, if going to the gym is not your thing we completely understand! This article is for you.
Now, don’t be fooled, there are some great gyms out there. The nostalgic vibe of the Downtown YMCA gets us every time. You can’t help but feel the classic sentiment of being part of something bigger than yourself when you’re there. We’re also big fans of the Old City Athletic Club – modern machines meets exposed brick is any millennial’s dream.
However, the gym is just not for everyone and, good news, it doesn’t have to be! Knoxville has so many opportunities to work out, find community, and not commit to a monthly payment. Check out this list to see all your fun options (and you’re welcome in advance – many of them involve beer!)
RUN YOUR HEART OUT:
Mondays: 6:30 PM Fun Run at Alliance Brewing Co.
Tuesdays: 6:30 PM at Printshop with SlowKno Running Club
Wednesdays: 6:30 PM Crafty Grenade Race at Crafty Bastard (a “mysterious race like no other!”)
Thursdays: 6:00 PM at Central Flats & Taps with North Knox Beer Runners
Check out 865 Running to see more details about these and literally tons of other runs every single day of the week.
WHEN IN DOUBT, PEDAL IT OUT:
Sundays: 12 PM Gravel Rides with TN Valley Bikes Group Rides
Third Thursdays: 5:30 PM Bikes and Beer first at River Sports
Varying Nights: 6 PM Group Rides with Fountain City Pedaler
NAMASTE (ALMOST) EVERYDAY:
Mondays: 4:45 PM and 6:00 PM at Alliance Brewing with @rigazziwellness
Tuesdays: 6:30 PM at Hi-Wire Brewing with @pilatesjill
Every Other Tuesday: 5:30 PM at Blühen Botanicals – Yoga to the Beat with @louinknox (starting Jan 21)
Thursdays: 6:30 PM at Carleo’s PiYo with @pilatesjill
Saturdays: 10:45 AM at Printshop with @rigazziwellness
Sundays: 8:30 AM at Honeybee Coffee South with @rigazziwellness
First & Third Sundays: 10:30 AM at South Side Garage with @mckenzie_gibson_
Sundays: 1:00 PM at Blu Slip Winery with @pilatesjill
HOW ABOUT SOMETHING MORE UNIQUE FOR 2020?
Curling, Anyone? Join Curl Knoxville for some icy fun!
Get Your Twerk On with Jessica James and Dance2Fit
Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, & so much more with Outdoor Knoxville
If you aren’t in the mood to commit to a gym or you just need to mix up your routine, give one of these options a go!
Don’t know where to start? Maybe try the Crafty Grenade Race! You get to create your own course – but every week, there’s a different set of downtown locations to include, making it a unique experience every time. Plus, there’s a winner!
Don’t like to run? Join me, @louinknox, at Blühen Botanicals every other Tuesday starting January 21st for a yoga-based cardio experience synced to music. We can share a $2 beer after!
There are so many ways to get moving with others in our scruffy city. We hope this article can help you get started towards a healthier (and more fun) 2020!
Written by: Laura Dailey