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  • Mark Petty is Straight Blast Gym’s Fitness Athlete of the Month for June 2023


    Mark Petty is an extraordinary individual who stands out as SBG’s Fitness Student of the Month. Despite being more senior than most of his fellow students, Mark’s dedication and unwavering work ethic set him apart, proving that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing fitness goals. Mark’s commitment to bettering himself is unmatched, as he consistently arrives at class, whether it is Fitness Kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, ready to give his all. 

    Mark’s journey to SBG Buford was serendipitous. Feeling bored and in need of a new adventure, the thought of martial arts initially appealed to him, and he signed up for Jiu Jitsu. He found he was having trouble competing with some of his peers, as he was frequently out of breath. Coach Sean suggested he try Cardio Kickboxing to supplement his Jiu Jitsu game. Mark immediately hopped into kickboxing classes and has loved it ever since. When asked about Kickboxing, Mark had this to say:

    It’s a really fun and dynamic workout. The coaches are very knowledgeable, and it has dramatically improved my stamina for BJJ. Joining SBG has been such a wonderful journey.

    Not only does Mark possess an incredible work ethic, but he also radiates a positive attitude that elevates those around him. He approaches every challenge with a can-do mindset, never allowing setbacks to hinder his progress. Coach Alex recognizes Mark’s skill and endurance, often using him as a benchmark to gauge the difficulty of workouts and movements for the rest of the class. 

    Coach Carmen also had this to say about Mark:

    He comes with a positive attitude to every class. He gets after it in both Fitness Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu. I love the energy he brings, and he always lends a helping hand at the end of class by offering to clean the mats. He has been such a great addition to the Tribe and a joy to Coach.

    Mark’s perseverance and drive have made him an invaluable member of the Tribe, motivating others to push beyond their fitness limits. His ability to outwork and inspire those around him is a testament to his character, and has earned him the title as Fitness Student of the Month.

    Congratulations Mark! 

    Autumn Gentry

    is the co-owner and Marketing Director of SBG Atlanta (Buford & Druid Hills locations). Her husband is the Founder/Owner. She has been training Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Group Fitness, and Online Personal Training with SBG Atlanta since 2018 and is currently a Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt.