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  • Ashley Mann is SBG Buford’s Martial Arts Student of the Month: November 2020


    Ashley is one of three members of the Mann family that trains at Straight Blast Gym Buford.

    Along with her husband Nicholas and son Damien, the three of them are regulars at the gym. While Nicholas participates in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, and Damien trains in our Growing Gorillas program, Ashley can be found in Fitnesss Kickboxing, and Fitness Performance classes.

    Her husband Nick told us about why Ashley began training at SBG:

    She had been looking for a workout regimen for some time, trying to find one she would enjoy and benefit from. I think I talked SBG up so much she finally decided to try it out, lol. She had tried kickboxing at another place and didn’t really vibe with it.

    Ashley’s first couple of classes at SBG came in early March, right before the gym was forced to shut down due to the COVID19 pandemic. It wasn’t ideal, having her momentum stopped by a mandatory shut down.

    “During the pandemic she followed the workouts being posted on Facebook and YouTube by you guys, and even did a few Muay Thai routines with me.”

    It’s definitely not as easy to get yourself excited about working out at home. After all, the motivation, high energy, and personalized instruction is a major reason that Ashley and so many others choose to train at SBG. Nonetheless, Ashely followed the curriculums that her coaches put online and kept herself in the habit of being active.

    As soon as the gym was able to reopen, Ashley was right back in class. Her work-life balance didn’t always make it easy, but she still manages to get in 3 or more classes every week and you can see the physical changes happening in her physique. Her husband Nick closed with this:

    “She really likes the workouts, and especially her teammates and coaches at SBG.

    Keep up the great work Ashley!

    Jim Sheppard

    is one of the co-owners of Straight Blast Gym Buford and Straight Blast Gym Atlanta. He has been training / coaching / competing in Muay Thai since 2013 and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.