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  • Chad Bell is our Fitness Member of the Month!!


    Chad Bell is one of the original members at Straight Blast Gym Buford, having done group fitness classes with the tribe for over 4 years.


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    A brain surgeon by day, Chad is a regular in the evening Fitness Performance classes. Needing some relief from his high-stress job, Chad comes to SBG for the energy, stress relief, and excitable coaching in the group fitness classes. And for a guy who is saving lives all day, he could definitely use the stress relief! Group Fitness Performance Coach Sean Blair said this regarding Chad:


    “He’s just a kick ass person to have in class; one of those guys that everyone likes. His improvement has been astronomical. Pound for pound, and age included, he is definitely one of the strongest athletes in the gym”


    When Coach Sean says “age included”, he is referring to the fact that Chad is 43 years old and moves like he is 23. He is one of those guys that when he picks up a weight or starts to break out pull ups, you stop and go “woah!” With a backsquat of 300 pounds, and a deadlift of 350 pounds, Chad boasts some impressive numbers that not many 43 year olds can claim. And it isn’t just strength based. Chad is remarkably flexible, quick, and agile. Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing coach Jim Sheppard said this about Chad:


    “I remember about a year ago, we were doing deadlifts in sets of 3 during a Fitness Performance class. I’m ten years younger, and about 15 pounds heavier than Chad, and I kept having to put on these small kilo plates just so that I could say I lifted more weight that him. I think I beat him by 5 pounds.

    This guy is performing brain surgery all day and then coming in and lifting more weight than me! He wins at life.”


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    Chad is present for almost all of Straight Blast Gym’s group fitness events. From our annual Murph event, to the Friday Night Lights events we do in March, to our Summer League, Chad is there with his fun stories and long, silky hair.


    Keep up the awesome work Chad, both in the gym and with people’s brains!


    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.