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The D1 Training Story

First playing with Peyton Manning at the University of Tennessee and then as a National Champion and captain, Will Bartholomew suffered what would become an NFL career-ending injury during a non-contact drill with the Denver Broncos. He came home to rehab with aspirations of making it back to the league but had no place to truly train. No place that would allow him to recover and optimize his performance.

At that time, most places were akin to a traditional box gym that had no appetite for training at the level of an elite athlete, let alone any type of guided group workout opportunities. That’s when he realized there was no place to train as he did at a Division 1 school, with the best coaches, equipment, workout programs, and community.

It was with this simple realization that he started the D1 journey. What began in 2001 as training kids in a field evolved into training facilities all over the country, producing some of the best athletes in the world. The basis for this success is Will’s passion for training, his motivation, and the strong team around him.

Our Training Programs

At D1, we believe in training the entire body as a unit to produce optimal human performance. No gimmicks, no fads; we utilize trusted and proven training techniques used to build the world's best athletes and deliver them in age-appropriate programs led by our expert coaches. Nothing at D1 is random. Every workout, every day follows a strategic 8-week training cycle that is meticulously planned and backed by sports science.

At the heart of our 54-minute workouts is our proprietary 5-Star Training Program system, where all workouts follow a specific progression of:

  • Dynamic warm-up
  • Performance
  • Strength training
  • Core and conditioning
  • Cool down

What began as training solely for the aspiring youth athlete matured into fitness training for adults as well, with all who participate in the D1 Training process moving aggressively towards their goals. Now, it is no longer Will’s presence on the turf fueling the growth of D1 but the thousands of athletes dedicated to their training and capturing their goals.

Attain Maximum Performance

At our training facility, we train the entire body for optimum performance. We are not like any ordinary gym and offer the tools and resources needed to reach—and then exceed—your goals.

  • Specialized Facility

Every D1 training facility offers multilayered turf and customized equipment that’s found in Division 1 Universities. We also offer on-site therapy, weight rooms, retail centers, and more.

  • Sports Science Backing

D1’s core 5-Star Training Program is designed by a national training panel and updated every eight weeks. D1 then layers skills training on top of the workout to create a program for anyone serious about reaching a goal.

  • Periodized Workouts

Daily workouts designed around the concept of periodization means that each week builds on the previous one to achieve targeted, specific goals.


D1 Training is a membership-based state-of-the-art training facility. We offer one-on-one training, group activities that encourage goal setting, and an environment that promotes achievement—all at a competitive price. Call us at (615) 903-4435 to learn more or click here to try us out for free.

What Our Athletes Are Saying

  • “There are a lot of heart issues in our family and I’m prone to that. I want to live a long life and live it, not just show up. I only needed one workout to know that D1 is where I wanted to be.” - Scott Holiday
  • “The great thing about D1 is that there are different exercises every day, working a different part of my body. I don’t get bored. Even though I’m not an outstanding athlete, I feel like an athlete when I am here. Both my sons are into sports, my husband utilizes the personal training, so we all love coming here. It has made such a difference for us.” - Amy Long
  • “What motivates me to work out is my drive for a volleyball scholarship. When I came to D1, I learned the right way to lift weights, got more muscle and began to develop an athlete’s body. D1 is serious about their athletes. They help you and work with you so that you train the right way.” - Alessandra Kennedy