The World Calisthenics Organization (WCO) will be coming to Nashville, hosted by Life Fitness Academy to put on two STREETSPORT Workshops.

Taught by WCO Master Instructor, Mike Marchese
Aka @upyourfitness

Sign Up Includes:
1 Workshop Manual
1 Certificate of Completion
1 Can you even handstand tee shirt

Level 1 Workshop

Saturday August 29, 2015 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ( includes 2-10 minute breaks and 1- 40 minute lunch )

Level 2 Workshop

Sunday August 30 , 2015 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ( includes 2-10 minute breaks and 1- 40 minute lunch )

( NO WALKINS on day of Workshop, Must register online no later than August 27, 2015 )

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Level 1 Workshop

Level 1:The knowledge and technique gained from the WCO Level 1 workshop will take your physical and mental development to a whole new level in the sport of Calisthenics! Body-weight strength training has always been loved by the old-time coaches and athletes for a reason. It generates massive power, coordination and balance, protects the joints, chisels an amazing physique, builds tendon integrity, creates greater range of motion and if programmed correctly can be one of the best cardio/metabolic workouts you have ever had! The foundation and fundamentals to mastering your body starts with the WCO Level 1 course!

Introduction to Calisthenics Foundations:

Push up progressions
Pull up Progressions
Handstand presses
Variations of dips
Building a handstand
Skin the cat
Squats- pistol squats
Dragon Flags

Level 2 Workshop

Level 2: The WCO level 2 course will build on the fundamentals learned in the level 1 workshop. Skill work is the primary focus of the course as more advanced movements are introduced. Hand balancing, levers, and muscle ups will be taught in depth with a variety of training techniques to build these movements. The course will provide a hands on understanding of the movements and methods in which to build a more complex foundation in the sport of calisthenics.

Outline of Techniques covered:

Hand Balancing
Muscle Up Progressions
Front Levers
Back Levers
Ring Training progressions/regressions
Introduction to the Planche

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Join us for our next cooking adventure–Summer Sizzler 2. We are going to have some fun with the grill with some healthy and delicious chicken and veggie kabobs, sliders, grilled fruit, and kefir cocktails! The good food and good times start Thursday evening, June 18, 2015 at 6:30pm. Cost is $15. Send us a note to RSVP.

WHAT: Summer Sizzler Cookout
WHERE: LFA creative space: 1210 8th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203
WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30pm
COST: $15


Essential oils are widely known today. There are many brands sold in stores and privately, but I want to share with you which ones I use and why. First, lets start with how they work. The understanding for how essential oils work varies slightly based on application, but basically, the receptors found in your nose communicate to the nerves and network of the brain (limbic system) to help you determine how to perceive different smells. Because they are connected to the brain’s limbic system, essential oils directly help your brain control things like heart rate, circulatory system, memory, stress levels, emotions, and hormones.

There are three ways that essential oils are primarily used: aromatically (in the air), topically (applied to the skin), or internally (ingested into the body). Aromatically is, in my opinion, the one used most, and it is simply breathing the essential oil directly or diffusing it into the air. You can use most brands of essential oil this way without thinking as much about quality, even though quality to me is extremely important.

Next is topical application. How do you apply topically? Simply dab a drop of essential oils to your inner wrists and behind your ears for instant head tension relief (dependent on the oil). Topical application allows your essential oils blend to be absorbed directly into your blood stream. You can apply the oil right directly where you feel the discomfort or soreness and it will enter the bloodstream within 30 seconds. The most popular topical application sites are on the soles of the feet, inner wrists, temples, forehead, and along the spine. Some essential oils require dilution before applying and others can be applied directly or “neat”.

The third application is when essential oils are taken internally. Essential oils can have different beneficial powers when taken internally. Ingestion of essential oils delivers concentrated and potent dietary support. Because essential oils are so concentrated and because most people are so toxic, care should be taken (proper study) when ingesting essentials to properly dilute and not take too much. When I first started taking essential oils internally I had to taste them. Most of them were not that tasty to me, so, I found ways around that. 1) Use honey. Honey in itself has excellent anti-viral properties. Combine that with the pure healing properties of essential oils, and you are sure to reap the health benefits in no time. To make this, try adding one drop of your essential oils to a tablespoon honey and either eat plain or add to a smoothie. 2) Under the Tongue. To do this, open your mouth and place one drop under your tongue. 3) Capsule. If you are concerned about the flavor (my kids especially), use an empty capsule to ingest your favorite essential oils. Empty capsules are sold at most health food stores. Carefully add 1-2 drops of your favorite blend to the capsule, close, and swallow. Make sure you do not mix different blends in the same capsule without first testing how your body reacts to a certain blend together.

Does it matter which essential oils I use? Yes! I use CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. They represent the safest and most beneficial oils available today. For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be: 1) Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants 2) Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities 3) Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues 4) Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition 5) Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time

Because Therapeutic Grade oils are 100% pure- they are potent. I have compared the lavender and frankincense using an some brand’s and my therapeutic grade oils and there is a tremendous difference. As soon as you open the bottle, you smell it!


At Life Fitness Academy we are careful about choosing supplements and natural healing remedies. We don’t always get it right, but we find that the majority of supplements on the market are junk, full of synthetic isolates, fillers, binders, and artificial ingredients.

When it comes to essential oils we know there are several companies with high quality products and one that we recommend and sell is Doterra. So how do Doterra’s supplements stack up? Here are some thoughts:

1. xEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex – We don’t care for the fact that it has carrageenan (thickener with potential to cause stomach lesions) or maltitol (sugar alcohol). We also don’t ever recommend eating squid (calamari) or products from squid as they are full of parasites and cleaners of the ocean (even if the oil is processed for purity). While it mostly has high quality ingredients, we don’t recommend it as a primary way to get omegas. If there was a great need for animal based omega’s we would first lean towards an Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil or Fermented Cod Liver Oil. We do like that it uses essential oils to protect the oil from going rancid as fish oil can go rancid easily. Recommend: NO

2. vEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex – We like this blend of plant based essential fatty acids. It contains some powerhouse oils such as Inca Inchi, Flaxseed oil, Pomegranate oil, and Pumpkinseed oil. Because many of these can go rancid easily, the carotenoids and essential oil blend is vitally important to maintain the freshness of the oils. So we give it two thumbs up–we recommend this! Recommend: YES

3. MICROPLEX MVp Food Nutrient Complex – While we are glad that it is in a whole food base and that it contains some chelated minerals which do enhance bioavailability—the bioavailability is not near as much as whole food and it still starts with a synthetic and/or inorganic rock mineral or vitamin. We would prefer bacteria cultivation supplements over this and we would primarily recommend whole or extracted herbs or a complete whole food supplement such as Kind Organics. An example of herb use might be: yellow dock for iron, oatstraw for calc/mag, chervil or cardamom for zinc, etc). Recommend: NO

4. ALPHA CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex – We like that it mostly has an herbal focus and are ok with its cellular energy blend. We would recommend this if a person is looking for longevity, energy, and vitality. However, we should note that there are other high quality products that might be a better fit, such as Cell Fuzion by Global Healing Center. Recommend: YES

Those are our quick thoughts on Doterra Supplements. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Since this review, Doterra has updated the LLV formula and in the comments below we reviewed these again. Here are some quick thoughts on the updated formula:

Alpha CRS+ – We still like this formula and would recommend it along with others such as Cell Fuzion.

Microplex VMz – This looks to be a good improvement by using the glycoprotein matrix (yeast) to metabolize the nutrients to provide cofactors) and as long as someone is not sensitive to yeast this can be a decent option. We still always recommend whole herbs and/or complete whole food forms, but we could recommend this version depending on the person.

xEO Mega – We don’t care for the maltitol and carrageenan, but it is great that the marine oils are now from clean fish such as anchovy, sardines, and mackerel instead of squid. Let’s say, without the carageenan we would recommend this.

vEO Mega – Just as the earlier review, we still like this and would recommend it as a great plant based, anti-inflammatory oil blend.

It looks like Doterra has done a good job of updating their formulas and we hope they continue to tweak and improve them even more!


Nashville Krav Maga

Here at Life Fitness Academy we take your safety seriously. So we are excited to share with you another Krav Maga / Self Defense Workshop. In this 4-hour workshop you will learn some life saving techniques from a tactical perspective. Our classes are hands on, with real scenario role-play, with trained instructors that have experience to ensure proper movement in the practice of Krav. We will also include other techniques from boxing and kickboxing to round out the approach to survival training.

What: Krav Maga Workshop
When: June 6, 2015 10:00a-2:00pm (4 hour workshop)
Where: Life Fitness Academy, 1210 8th Ave S. Nashville, TN 37203
Cost: $50 – RSVP required – RSVP online

Please contact us if you have any questions RSVP or RSVP online!


broga certification

We are hosting a Broga certification class on June 13, 2015. Broga is yoga for dudes, homies, bros, compadres, buds, amigos, mates, sidekicks, pals…. and even for BFF’s. While the yoga moves taught are tailored specifically for men, the certification class is for both men and women—so all are welcome. Use the promo code BROFESSOR for $50 off when registering. If you have any questions, send us a quick email or give us a call (615-562-2633).

Visit to register and see more info!


Join us for our next cooking adventure–Summer Sizzler. We are going to have some fun with the grill with some healthy and delicious chicken and veggie kabobs, sliders, grilled fruit, and kefir cocktails! The good food and good times start at Tuesday evening, May 19, 2015 at 6:30pm. Cost is $15. Send us a note to RSVP.

WHAT: Summer Sizzler Cookout
WHERE: LFA creative space: 1210 8th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:30pm
COST: $15


Restorative fitness is how we describe our physical therapy based personal training. Rehabilitation is something for which we are well known. We have received referrals from the Baptist Hospital PT department, Chiropractic Nashville, and a slew of our walking success stories (you know who you are). We have a great success rate, not because we are awesome, but because we have formulated a tested plan for helping you get back to 100%.

What’s this plan? There are five main points:
1. Reduce/eliminate inflammation
2. Correct alignment (using some of our great chiropractors here in Nashville)
3. Build structural muscle to secure alignment
4. Correct muscle imbalances
5. Ease muscle tension

This formula is adjusted to fit each person. Each category may be attacked slightly differently and in different order depending on the injury or person. Reducing inflammation is a huge part of what we do and we reduce it with food, herbs and essential oils. Spinal alignment is vitally important. We refer out to professional chiropractors that may use manual adjustments or use an activator depending on the body in question. If you are already working with a chiropractor, then you’re off to a good start!

Building structural muscle increases blood flow to the injured area. We do this with as little impact as possible, especially in the beginning. That means no weights sometimes, and no jumping, for a while. The patterns in your daily life will be taken into consideration as well. Correcting muscle imbalances is what we do on the day-to-day with nearly every single person, including ourselves, through careful exercise selection. You may never be completely balanced, but every improvement reduces pain.

Muscle tension is resolved with massage therapy, essential oils, NST, and a couple other modalities. For massage therapy, we prefer massage therapists that are clinical in their approach. They work to relieve everything in the line of the muscle tension, including the fascia and smaller muscles you may not realize were affected. The release of muscle tension will help to strengthen the proper muscles to support the spine, hips, and shoulders without pain.

When picking a personal trainer, choose a trainer that has a background in rehabilitating injuries using physical therapy. This will allow you to reach your goals to regain mobility without being further injured by a trainer unfamiliar with physical therapy. Unfortunately, that kind of thing happens often in the fitness industry. We want to help you get back to feeling your best, un-injured self!


calisthenics nashville

Our next calisthenics clinic is Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:30am. All levels are welcome and we will be covering multiple calisthenic movements with various progressions for each. Cost is $25.

What: Calisthenics Clinic
When: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:30am
Where: LFA gym, 1210 8th Ave. S Nashville, TN 37203
Cost: $25 – RSVP ONLINE


Nashville Fitness

Men, we have not forgotten you! We have new men’s tank tops with the same slogan: “I hate you, I hate this place. SEE YOU TOMORROW.” To pre-order your tank, all you have to do is email us your size and we will send you a link and have one reserved for you. We have a limited supply and the cost is $20 if you pre-order and $25 regularly.