Creating A Fun And Functional Workout Space In Your Nashville Home

Dated: 11/20/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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Tennessee hasn’t tended to score too well on lists of the U.S.'s healthiest states — this one from late 2017 had us sitting at 45 (and if the study is to be believed, we were definitely sitting, and probably smoking).

That said, Nashville does a little better. On this list of America's healthiest cities, we landed kind of toward the middle of a pack of 174. Better than almost last, right?

Truth is, though, if you live in Nashville, you know we’re getting better on the health front — more restaurants devoted to fresh and local eating keep popping up, and it feels like every Nashville neighborhood right now is brimming with new gyms and fitness spaces, from CrossFit to MMA training to hot yoga.

Wherever you choose to live in Nashville, you can easily find a place close by that lets you focus on fitness and health, slowly but surely doing your part to make Tennessee a healthier state.

But what if your version of "close by" is more like... the-next-room-over close? This recent feature in Self magazine — a chat about building a fun and functional home gym, with celebrity trainer and recent Nashville transplant Erin Oprea — could be a good bit of inspiration for you.

Oprea — who works with Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, among other stars — shares a slew of helpful tips for how to outfit a home workout space, from overall design to tools like dumbbells and battle ropes.

After buying a home in Nashville, Oprea recast her detached garage into a workout oasis. But she offers ideas for all kinds of Nashville homes, even if you just have part of a walk-in closet to spare.

Her key recommendations:

— You only need a little space (the length of a standard yoga mat and a half, lengthwise, can be enough)

— Natural light is helpful, and LED bulbs make night workouts work

— Durable flooring is a must

— Full-length mirrors can help you adjust and perfect your form

— Only get equipment you really need and regularly use, so your space doesn’t feel cluttered

And, Oprea told the magazine, style is important too, since you want to create a space that “actually makes you want to be there. If it’s in the corner of a room, so be it. Make it pretty,” she says.

Check out the full interview/recommendations from Nashville-based celebrity trainer Erin Oprea at

And in case you’re looking for a new home in Nashville that’ll suit your fitness-space needs, here are a few home listings I saw on the MLS, with potential:

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1602 Eastside Ave.

Nashville, TN 37206


This large East Nashville home has a lot to offer homebuyers looking for natural light — the great room has french doors and transom windows aplenty — plus multiple options for fitness spaces: a huge bonus space, and 3-car garage.

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1937 Cromwell Dr.

Nashville, TN 37215


Lots of updates already done on this midcentury ranch on more than an acre in Forest Hills, including new kitchen and bath upgrades, a new HVAC, and refinished floors throughout the home, including in this cute exercise space.

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6405 Worchester Dr.

Nashville, TN 37221


Good amount of space, built-in shelving in place for storage, TV mount at the ready, spiral staircase for extra fun — the home gym that’s already in place at this Devonshire home just needs an infusion of style to meet Erin Oprea’s expectations.

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4025 Wallace Ln

Nashville, TN 37215


This Green Hills home has space set aside for nearly everything — as you’d expect at this price point — but the ivy-covered, Tudor-inspired design outside and extra details inside bring the home some extra magic. Example: There’s a secret door from the library leading to the master. This particular room beams fitness-space potential to me — high ceilings, durable wood floors, lots of light, and tucked back off the bonus room, which has a wet bar for refilling your water bottle. (You wouldn’t have to sacrifice finished space, either, if you didn't want to — there’s a two-car garage.)

Looking for a new home in Nashville with space that suits your lifestyle — with a home gym, a home studio, or a home bar? Whatever your needs look like, we’d love to help you find the perfect fit. Check out some homes for sale in Nashville here, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes to get started.

Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, unless noted.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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