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  • Dan Ryan is SBG Buford’s Fitness Athlete of the Month for January 2021


    Local business owner Dan Ryan knows what it takes to be successful, and it is that drive that led to him being named our Fitness Athlete of the Month.

    Dan Ryan has been exercising and doing martial arts for many years. A former Muay Thai athlete, Dan came to Straight Blast Gym looking for a new way to spice up his exercise routine. Dan had been working out at home, doing his own workouts, and he was looking to take things up a notch. He joined the SBG Tribe in the summer of 2019 and began taking part in our Fitness Performance group classes.

    SBG Buford’s Head Fitness Coach James Morton said this about Dan:

    Dan is always on time for class and shows up ready to work hard. Dan is on a short list of people that I trust to teach techniques to a person that is new to Performance class. This is incredibly helpful because it allows me to give much-needed attention to the other new students while knowing that Dan’s partner will be in good hands.

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    In addition to stepping up as one of the leaders of the program, Dan is also making awesome improvements in class. A couple of weeks ago he set a new PR (personal record) on the deadlift by hitting 335 pounds for 5 reps. That’s impressive for anyone much less for a 41-year-old father/business owner!! (Coach James, age 26, wanted to make sure we included his age here because he likes to give Dan a hard time about being over 40 😂).

    One of the areas in which Coach James has thrived is creating programming that is challenging and effective for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Our Fitness Performance classes have men and women that range from age from 16 to 65, and Coach James’ curriculum allows them to scale the intensity and weight used to fit their individual needs.

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    Outside of the gym, Dan is the owner and operator of Team Ryan Automotive Service & Repair in Buford, where he and his crew have been offering quality service since 2015. Team Ryan specializes in oil changes, transmission repair, wheel alignments, brake repair, and much more. You can visit their website by clicking here.

    Congrats on being named January’s Fitness Athlete of the Month, Dan! Keep up the outstanding work, in and out of the gym.

    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.