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  • Joy Marcelle is the Fitness Member of the Month!!


    “You guys were actually the 3rd gym that I tried out. After I first met with Coach Sean I knew this was the place. He, and everyone I met that day, were so warm and inviting that I knew I’d found my new workout home.”


    And so began Joy’s journey at Straight Blast Gym. She used to do group fitness style classes, and CrossFit, before joining a more traditional gym. Working out at a big box gym, by herself, just wasn’t getting the job done. It wasn’t motivating, and it wasn’t getting her the results she had experienced when training in a group fitness setting. She began looking at gyms near here, and eventually wound up doing Fitness Performance classes at Straight Blast Gym Buford. Coach Kristen Rhodes recalls first meeting Joy, and her progress over her first few months:

    “When she first started she was very shy. You can see how she is more confident now! My favorite thing about her is her 100% effort on everything; no complaining, no quitting, just determination. We just finished up our squat series and this girl added 87 FREAKIN POUNDS to her back squat!”

    What Group Fitness Coach Kristen is referring to is the 16 week squat cycle we just wrapped up in our Fitness Performance class. Over the course of those 16 weeks, one or two days per week would include a back squat (or movements that compliment the back squat). The ultimate goal was to improve everyone’s core stability and their explosive strength, with a one-rep-maximum back squat being the gauge. While the group fitness members saw an average of 29.9 pounds of improvement on their back squat, Joy was the stand-out with her 87 pound increase. It was truly remarkable!!


    Joy credits her coaches for a lot of her recent success.


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    “There are definitely days when I don’t feel like training, but the coaches always keep me motivated. I know that they’ll even call me if I skip too many days, lol! They really care. The squat series was a personal victory for me. I’d gone through some health issues and seeing these kinds of improvements in the way I feel and perform is so incredible.”


    Awesome job Joy! Your positive attitude is contagious, and your frequent improvements are equally motivating.


    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.