Green Hills YMCA
Hot Yoga Hot Box
Hot Yoga Plus
Best thing about the Rec center is it’s free; all you need is your Vandy ID! Has everything a basic Rec center should have: weights, cardio machines, racquetball courts, swimming pool, gyms, and an indoor track. Can get very crowded during peak hours when the undergraduates are in session! Even offers some classes such as yoga and aerobics. Also the place where intramurals are organized. Currently undergoing renovation and expansion.
Located on Children’s Way between 25th Ave and Natchez
The Sportsplex has lighted tennis courts, an indoor Olympic-sized pool, ice skating rinks with opportunities for open skating, open hockey, and adult hockey leagues, and a fitness center. You can gain access through daily fees, discount pass booklets, or memberships (Of course, most of the same facilities are available at the Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center for free!).
Next to Centennial Park - 222 25th Ave N at Brandau Ave
Membership on a student income (aka $0) is cheap ($29 single and $39 family/month). Many VMS students like to work out here rather than the Rec Center; it offers tons of classes that are free with membership and you get to meet people that aren’t in medical school (believe me, a lot harder than you think once classes get going). Another plus, it’s located right next to Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Whole Foods.
4041 Hillsboro Circle
This is a great place for indoor rock climbing. You can go and pay for just a day pass or pay for monthly memberships which includes discounts on gear, access to a cardio and weight gym, and yoga and strength exercise classes.
3630 Redmon Street, Suite 1
Offers multiple classes a day at convenient times. The teachers are great and really push you to get better with each class. Great for beginners or advanced yogis! Classes are only $10 for students and run anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.
1200 Villa Place, Suite 203
Another popular yoga studio in Nashville. Small, simple studio with laid back instructors. Classes run $14 for 1.5 hours.
2814 12th Ave South
Hot yoga is a unique experience – it’s not for everyone, but some people swear by it as an unbeatable way to build strength, flexibility and balance. Classes can be pricey (about $15 per class), but in the past they have offered deals of up to 70% off on Groupon. Keep an eye out for these savings if you want to try a unique exercise experience.
2214 Elliston Place
Similar to Hot Yoga Nashville, classes here are usually a bit expensive but can be fun and very affordable if you find the right discounts. However, it is located a bit further from campus and has fewer class offerings than the other Hot Yoga studio in town.
6031 Highway 100
For any past ballerinas, tappers, or ballroom dancers, or anyone looking to try something new-the Vanderbilt Dance program offers a wide variety of excellent and well-priced classes throughout each semester. Classes are held at Memorial gym on campus and are $10 per class, or as low as $6.25 if you prepay for the whole semester. Registration is usually during the second week of the undergraduate semester. www.vanderbilt.edu/dance has more information and the class schedule.
207 Sarratt Student Center
This group provides a creative space for the performing arts and shares student works with the medical community and beyond. VMS Dance recruits student choreographers/instructors and offers free biweekly dance classes. Current classes include salsa, hip hop, ballroom and swing aerial. The club has performed at the annual Cadaver Ball and organized dance workshops for community organizations such as STRIDE (Shade Tree Resources in Diabetes Education), Children’s Hospital, Caldwell Elementary and the Eskind Diabetes Center. Contact: Leonela Villegas and Krystian Kozek (VMS IIs).
Newly opened and the site of the VMS all-school paintball game.
3020 Brandau Rd, Hermitage
This place is highly recommended by a recent VMS grad.
1100 County Hospital Rd
402 Wilson Pike Circle, Brentwood
If you’ve never been to Mammoth Cave National Park (www.nps.gov/maca), this is a great place for a road trip. The park was established to preserve the 336 miles of explored and mapped caves that make it the largest recorded cave system in the world. Mammoth Cave is 1.5 hours north of Nashville off of I-65 in Kentucky. Call 1-800-967-2283 for cave tour reservations.
Mammoth Cave National Park