Healthy Options at Not-So-Healthy Nashville Hotspots

Eating clean in college can be a do-able task during the week. Salad bars, smoothie spots, and made-to-order omelettes are common on campuses. At Vanderbilt, we are fortunate enough to have both a vegetarian cafe and a quinoa bowl option on our meal plans. We have tons of healthy snacks in our munchie marts, and Whole Foods is only a short trip away. However, the problem for many healthy eaters comes when everyone wants to go out to eat. 

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Meet me at the BAR(RE)

Growing up as a dancer, the studio has become my happy place–  a home away from home. So, when I first learned about barre classes in high school, I knew I had to give it a try - ballet + a workout class... it could not sound any more like me?! I went to my first class at Pure Barre, and little did I know that I would become slightly (ok, maybe MAJORLY) obsessed with barre classes! Now living in Nashville, I’ve tried almost every barre class there is, and I’m here to give you the rundown of all the super cool and hip barres the Music City has to offer…

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Holiday Fitness Gift Guide

Whether you’re almost done with holiday shopping or have yet to begin, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life. Grab one of these for your mom, sister, bestie, or roommate and watch her face light up when she unwraps it! If your own New Year’s Resolution is to work towards a healthier lifestyle, there’s no doubt she’ll join you if she’s got one of these awesome gifts to accompany her.

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Top Five Winter Workout Wardrobe Essentials

Temperatures are dropping and it's time to trade in our crops for leggings. Layering up, however doesn't mean our trendiness goes down. So, here’s a list of items you will wear over and over this winter…

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Black Friday Sweaty Sales

Black Friday, arguably the best day of the year, is kind of a big deal. Here are some of our favorite sweaty sales to purchase ASAP!

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How To Sweat Like a Marine

As I’m sure many of my fellow Commodores didn’t know, we recently had Marine Week here in Nashville. For one of my classes I had to attend a Marine Week event and just as luck would have it, one of the options was an early morning Marine Workout. I decided to give it a try and set my alarm for the ungodly time of 6:15 for the 7 a.m. class the next morning.

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5 Ways to Unplug this Summer

We are the technology generation. We are more connected, informed, and accessible than ever before. Having said this, our constant screen time can have some seriously negative effects on our health. Increased use of technology has been linked to decreased attention spans, poor sleep habits, diminished social skills, anxiety and depression. However, we're not all doomed. With tiny habitual changes, we can reduce our screen time exponentially. The summer is the perfect time to start the process of unplugging! Less screen time means more time to gaze at beautiful sunsets, eat relish food, spend time with friends and appreciate the best season of the year. Here are 5 easy ways you can start to ditch the screens:

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Shakti Power Yoga

Whether you are a yoga newbie, or someone who’s been doing headstands since age 5, hot power yoga is an incredible workout that will leave you feeling energized and focused. Shakti power flow is an intense full body workout that utilizes fast paced flows and balance postures to build strength, improve flexibility and magnify your body’s energy. 

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Sweat Spotlight: Tovita Nutrition

Ever spend hours staring at the menu before a friend’s birthday dinner? Struggle with how much salmon is really just the 4-ounce portion that you’re supposed to eat? As college students who are just trying to be healthy, we’ve all been there. That’s where Tovita Nutrition comes in. Tovita is a personalized concierge nutrition service run by Molly Rieger and Leah Silberman. Molly and Leah create specific plans for each client and conduct all sessions via video chat, customizing nutrition services to a whole new level.  We sat down with Molly and Leah to talk all things nutrition, wellness and their new college student package.

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4 Healthy Summer Cocktails

Summer is a time for long days at the beach, darties, fun vacations and BBQ's. Whether it's a beer by the pool or a margarita while watching the sun go down, the sugar and carbs in your drink of choice probably aren’t doing your bikini bod any favors. Here at THE SWEAT SCENE, we're all about balance and believe that you can have it all. We've crafted four delicious summer cocktails that’ll keep you buzzed and beach-ready. Drink up!

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Definitive Ranking of Manhattan's Cult Spin Studios

The stationary bike has revolutionized exercise and it's no secret that the spinning craze is here to stay. For up to $40 a class, (ehem...SoulCycle Hamptons) many New Yorkers are willing to pay the big bucks for a 45 minute ride. If you don’t know where to start on your cycling journey, this article will guide you in the right direction.

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TSS Guide to Superfoods

Do you find yourself wondering when Brussels Sprouts became trendy, or what the heck matcha is? Does walking through a Whole Foods’ aisle feel like exploring a foreign country? Does the very thought of cashew cheese give you a headache? Superfood intimidation is a real thing. But luckily, THE SWEAT SCENE is here to help. The following guide demystifies even the most super of superfoods. 

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Sweat Spotlight: Chase Tucker

If you're a regular on the Nashville Barry's Bootcamp circuit, there is no doubt that you've heard of Chase. His 7:15 and 8:30 classes throughout the week are always packed with Vanderbilt students, as his enthusiasm and bumpin’ playlists (and abs...) are sure to make you want to get out of bed. A morning with Chase is a great way to start your day and will leave you feeling the perfect amount of sore the next day. I had the chance to sit down with Chase and ask him some of our most pressing questions about fitness, eating, and his college experience.

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15 Thoughts You Have When You Workout Hungover

Working out when you feel great can be tough. So, working out when you’re wildly hungover is nearly impossible, but t's always worth it. Having a good sweat sesh after a night out is one of the best ways to feel better in the morning—it can even substitute the morning Advil and Gatorade. If you do find the strength to drag your hungover booty to the gym the next morning, these are likely some of the thoughts you will have (we know from experience...)

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Sweating During Finals

So the end of the year is upon us and that can only mean one thing—finals. A week of junk food, sweatpants, and endless coffee it can be hard to take care of yourself during this stressful time. While it may seem like you’ll never have enough time to write two papers, complete a presentation, and study for exams all at the same time everyone needs a little break now and again and working out is the perfect way to destress and reenergize. 

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Sweat Spotlight: Laura Lea Goldberg

Laura Lea Goldberg is a certified holistic health coach and chef living and working right here in Nashville. After quitting her corporate job in NYC (which she studied for ever-so-diligently at UVA), she enrolled in the National Gourmet Institute and developed a passion for a plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle. She and her husband, Max Goldberg, moved to Nashville where he works as co-owner of successful restaurant group, Strategic Hospitality. After Max spoke in one of my Vandy classes, I had the incredible opportunity to get in touch with him and his wife, Laura.

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Five Best Fitness Apps

When you're a busy college student, convenience is key. Between classes, studying, and having a social life, it's essential to find ways to save time (and money!) We're already glued to our phones, so why not take advantage of all that they have to offer (besides scrolling through Instagram and Snapchatting, of course). These five apps offer a dietician, running coach, personal trainer and DJ—all from your iPhone. Now all you have to do is lace up and download!

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