TNB Fitness Member Spotlight: Janet Miller

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How long have you been a member of TNBFITNESS?

Exactly one year.

What attracted you to TNBFITNESS/What motivated you to join TNB?

I have known Tash Weddle for years, and have always admired her personally and professionally.  It was time for me to put some structure around getting fit and strong, so I immediately thought of TNB Fitness.

How do you feel now compared to when you started training at TNB?

I feel like I have a much better mastery of my personal health and fitness.  I feel 100 times stronger… It amazes me what the human body will do when you work with it.  For the first time in my life, working out 3-5 times a week has become an engrained habit.  

How has TNB helped you reach your goals?

I at first thought that this journey was about weight loss, and I’ve learned that it is not fundamentally about that.  It has made me view myself and my relationship to my body differently.  It has proven to me that I can achieve what I set my mind to.  My husband keeps telling me that it has altered my shape, in a great way.  Losing some weight has been a happy byproduct.  

What advice would you give to a person looking to join TNB?

I would call on the famous Nike slogan – best slogan ever written – of “Just Do It.” This is a safe place.  Tash, Gabe, Marielle, and Mckenna are always looking out for your best interest and your safety.  TNB is for every woman, every shape and size.  They meet you where you are.  And serendipity came into play and I happen to have a bunch of girlfriends who are training there, so we genuinely have fun.  

Complete this sentence - TNB is…


Giving Tuesday is on November 27th, 2018!

Giving Tuesday is on November 27th, 2018!

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” two days devoted to consumerism, sales, and buying for the holidays. Giving Tuesday is a day to give back to others, the community, and shift focus from consumerism onto paying it forward for others!

The New Beginnings Center, local non-profit that offers nutrition and fitness coaching to low-income women in Nashville, will be participating in Giving Tuesday. If you see fit, please donate to New Beginnings on Tuesday, November 27th, and help continue the mission of empower women to change the course of their lives!

Thank you for your contribution!

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Is it true that being unfit is worse than smoking? The answer is… YES.

Bottom line: "Survival of the fittest", that's a phrase that you would usually expect to read in a biology textbook, not in a study about human health and longevity... but wait: humans are animals and in the animal kingdom it's the fittest who survive - against that background, let me ask you: Is it really surprising that being 'super fit' vs. 'unfit' increases your all-cause mortality risk by a factor 5x, and hence 3.6-fold more than smoking in the same cohort of N = 122,007 patients of the Cleveland Clinic who were screened for their cardiorespiratory fitness?

Read the full article here: “Survival of the Fittest”

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Spirit of Wellness Luncheon

On October 4th, 2018, The New Beginnings Center had their 7th annual Spirit of Wellness Luncheon! We want to say a huge thank you to all of the TNB Fitness members who came and supported the New Beginnings Center at this event!

If you were not able to make this event but would still like to show your support please click the button below to contribute to the cause!

All new donor $1,000 donations made to The New Beginnings Center will be MATCHED! Doubling your impact and support of women in Nashville!


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Sips, Sweets, and Jewelry, all in support of The New Beginnings Center!

Join us at Kendra Scott in Green Hills on Monday, November 26th, from 5:30-7:30pm for a shopping event! For this time only, 20% of the proceeds will benefit The New Beginnings Center. Knock out holiday shopping and give back to the community, all at once!

Friends welcome - the more the merrier!

TNB Fitness Member Spotlight: Lynne Teckman


How long have you been a member of TNBFITNESS? 

Since September 2015

What attracted you to TNBFITNESS/What motivated you to join TNB?

I had recently moved to Nashville and a friend was telling me about this great fitness program that was unlike any “gym” she had ever seen. She shared some of the statistics of success so I attended an open house. I thought, “Where are the machines?”  I had only ever worked out in a typical place lined with weight machines.  I made an appointment to learn more. Tash asked me questions that really made me think about how I wanted to live my life.  She delved much deeper, asking questions well beyond the usual fitness goals, etc.  She convinced me that if I subscribed to the tenets that TNB proffers, I could make the substantial, life-long habits that I desire. Around the same time, my 80-year-old mother who has many health problems moved here and I realized that I did not want to look like her at 80. It was time to make the necessary lifestyle changes NOW to insure that I would be strong, active and thrive as I age. I was truly motivated to commit to the program and I am so glad I did.

How do you feel now compared to when you started training at TNB?

I started out really weak and had to compensate for some injuries.  A lifetime of skiing had taken a toll on my knees. I had no stamina and lacked muscle tone.  While I still have a way to go, my energy level is higher than it’s been in years. I feel much more self-confident when I complete an exercise that use to challenge me.  I recall watching other women with strong, powerful kettle bell swings thinking I’ll never be able to do that - now it is one of my favorite movements!

I have been on three ski trips and rip up the slopes like I did when I was in my thirties.  While I still jiggle more than I want to, I feel powerful and athletic. 

I’m also more focused on my diet.  When I plan my meals and log the food I eat, I know it works.  I have a greater understanding on how to fuel my body and the importance of good nutrition. I have all the tools I need make wise choices and strive to maintain the healthy habits. However, when I slack off, the coaches are encouraging and forgiving, which I really appreciate. Hey, nobody’s perfect.

How has TNB helped you reach your goals?

The fact that I still come to TNB speaks volumes to reaching goals. I usually approach a new exercise regime enthusiastically but quickly lose that enthusiasm. It’s been over 2 ½ years and I am working out 3 days a week and really miss the days when conflicts prevent me from attending.  If I walk in to TNB feeling tired or less than eager to work out, I always walk out thinking it was worth my time and effort because I know it will give me the boost and pep to keep going strong the rest of the day.

What advice would you give to a person looking to join TNB?

If you are looking for program that allows you to discover yourself in an individualized, supportive environment, look no further than TNB Fitness. It really is the best investment you can make if and when you decide that nothing is more important than your health.

Complete this sentence - TNB is like... The bar in Cheers where everybody knows your name, they understand your shortcomings and they’re always glad you came!

TNB Fitness Member Spotlight: Katie O'Connor


How long have you been a member of TNB FITNESS? 

Since May 2017

What attracted you to TNBFITNESS/What motivated you to join TNB?

What initially attracted me to TNB Fitness was that it is women only and 0.3 miles from my home.  I decided to join TNB after meeting with Tash at the initial consultation.  At the time, my BMI was considered overweight.  Most of my family struggles with obesity and I did not want that to happen to me.  I wanted to get and stay fit so I could live a healthier and happier life. 

How do you feel now compared to when you started training at TNB?

I can tell a huge difference already.  I have lost 15 pounds, I am so much stronger, and I have a lot more confidence.  My sleep and overall quality of life have also improved.

How has TNB helped you reach your goals?

TNB keeps me motivated because the workouts change regularly.  It is not the same thing over and over again.  I increase repetitions and weight after just a couple of workouts which is encouraging and shows I am getting stronger.  My BMI is also now considered in the normal range. 

What advice would you give to a person looking to join TNB?

Definitely try it out!  The trainers are great and no one is there to judge you.  

Complete this sentence -  TNB is... totally worth waking up early to work out before work (I have never said this before in my life because I love sleep).

TNB Fitness Member Spotlight: Lynn Bartrum


How long have you been a member of TNBFITNESS?

Since August 2016

What attracted you to TNBFITNESS/What motivated you to join TNB?

A close friend recommended TNB to me and I decided to check it out.  I had spent the last 5+ years trying to recover from a back injury, and was frustrated by multiple setbacks.  It seemed every time I would start making progress, I’d re-injure my back and be behind where I’d begun. I was impressed that Tash took so much time with the initial consultation—not only with the physical assessment, but with getting to know my story, my physical challenges, and my goals.  I appreciated that it is a women-only environment, and that my TNB membership would help support the non-profit side, The New Beginnings Center.

How do you feel now compared to when you started training at TNB?

I feel stronger and have much more confidence in my body’s capabilities.  I no longer feel limited by past injuries to my shoulder, wrists, knee, and back.  I’m able to do more than I thought I was capable of, and would’ve been too scared to try (such as a kettle bell deadlift).  I’m always inspired by what the other ladies are able to do, and at first I wondered if I’d ever get there.  I’m excited to see that I’m making steady progress, both inside and outside the gym.  Many exercises that I once needed assistance or modifications for, I’m now able to do without assistance or modifications.  Yay!  It’s also so encouraging to see that although I may struggle when I begin a new workout, I’m doing more reps and/or heavier weights within just a couple of training sessions.  Outside of the gym, I’m walking more and more miles, and can accomplish moderate hikes.  Soon I know I’ll be able to bike again, hike strenuous trails, and even hike carrying a backpack!  A long-term goal of mine has been to hike The Camino de Santiago when my son starts college.  The Camino is a 770km route from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  Before I started training at TNB, I was so discouraged I had begun to fear I would never be able to accomplish that.  Now I know that it’s not a matter of IF I’ll be able to hike the Camino but WHEN. 

How has TNB helped you reach your goals? 

TNB has provided me with the results that come from consistently showing up at the gym and following a varied, progressive training program. Most of all, the trainers at TNB are amazing!  Tash, Gabe, and Marielle are so very positive and encouraging.  I have used other trainers in the past, and did not respond well to a one-size-fits-all program or someone yelling at me to push myself.  My experience at TNB has been nothing like that!  I know without a doubt they are there to help me to safely challenge myself and to meet my goals.  They always ensure that I’m using proper form and “meet me where I am”, modifying workouts if necessary, or showing me additional stretches to do if my muscles are stiff or sore.  For example: My back seized up after a weekend of boating last fall.  When I was able to return to the gym, the trainers were great at helping me to recover by modifying my workout.  They taught me stretches and exercises to not only address my back pain, but to help me prevent it from happening again in the future.

What advice would you give to a person looking to join TNB?

Do it!! You will be so very glad you did!  When it comes to meeting health and fitness goals, nothing can compare to the knowledge, guidance, and encouragement you receive from the trainers at TNB.

Complete this sentence - TNB is encouraging, challenging, and TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Feeling 'Blah' This Winter? Try the 10-Day Sugar Detox!

Feeling 'Blah' This Winter?  Try the 10-Day Sugar Detox!

We're eating WAY too much of the sweet stuff, with the average American consuming approximately 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day in the form of sugary beverages, cookies, cakes, candies - even condiments like ketchup and salad dressings.  To make matters worse, processed foods you wouldn't even expect to have sugar can contain high amounts as well!

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