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  • Belkis Rivera is December’s Fitness Member of the Month!


    Belkis began doing Cardio Kickboxing at Straight Blast Gym Buford because she wanted to get in better shape, but knew that going to a big-box gym wasn’t an option for her.


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    Belkis wanted something that was going to captivate her, and keep her interested in working out. Having grown tired of the same-old, same-old gym routines, she decided to give Kickboxing a try. With two kids she’s got a busy schedule, so she needed something that would give her great results without having to dedicate endless hours to going to the gym.


    The combination of (approximately) 3 hours of Kickboxing during the week, combined with a reduced daily wine intake has helped for Belkis to see amazing results, dropping 15 pounds in 4 months! Not only has Kickboxing helped Belkis to lose weight, but she is now seeing muscular definition in her shoulders and triceps. SBG Kickboxing Coach Jim Sheppard talks about her efforts:


    “It’s no surprise that Belkis is seeing results…that lady in consistent! I can count on her being in the 5pm Kickboxing class at least 3 days per week, sometimes 4. It’s even cooler now that James (her husband) is in class too.”


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    One of the things that aides Belkis’ Kickboxing and fitness efforts at Straight Blast Gym in Buford is that her husband and kids also train at SBG. Her husband, James, does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as Cardio Kickboxing classes with Belkis. Her daughter does Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing, and her son participates in our Kids Jiu Jitsu program. In one hour’s time, all four members of the Rivera family are able to get in their fitness training with plenty of time left in the day for doing homework, eating dinner, and getting everyone to bed.

    Fantastic work, Belkis! We’re looking forward to an awesome 2018 with you and the family at Straight Blast Gym Buford.


    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.