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  • Susi Cabrera is Straight Blast Gym Buford’s Fitness Student of the Month for September 2022


    Since starting our Foundations Muay Thai program at the beginning of 2022, Susi has been in the midst of an incredible life transformation.

    With a goal of losing 80 pounds, Susi Cabrera knew that she had her work cut out for her. Like most adults, she had let extra weight creep it’s way on to her body, little by little, until it became an issue for her. When it came time to make changes and develop new, healthy habits, she turned to Straight Blast Gym in Buford.

    “I started training at SBG when I knew it was time to start a journey for myself. It sounds cringey but I had given up and invested in the wrong people and habits, so finally having the chance to invest in myself with something I absolutely love made me want it even more.”

    Susi’s dilemma is not one that is unique to just her. So many people that contact us tell stories about wanting to lose excess weight and live a healthier and more energetic lifestyle, but they just hate exercising. These people, like Susi, end up at Straight Blast Gym because of our martial arts and/or fitness classes. In other words, they want something different. Something exciting. Something engaging. Something that provides support and accountability.

    Susi began her stint at SBG Buford training in our Foundations Muay Thai classes. After five months in that program, learning the fundamental and most important aspect of the striking art, she not only moved into our Intermediate Muay Thai program but also added Fitness Kickboxing and Fitness Performance classes to her membership and weekly routine. As if that doesn’t speak enough to Susi’s dedication towards achieving her goal, she also began doing weekly one-on-one private lessons with Coach Carmen Garcia. Her efforts in and out of the gym are very, very noticeable to everyone that knows her.

    Since she began her martial arts and fitness training at Straight Blast Gym, Susi is down 23 pounds!! 👏

    Coach Carmen told us this when summarizing her training experiences with Susi:

    “I love working with Susi. She is such a hard worker and shows up for our sessions with a positive attitude. Over the past couple of months her endurance has gotten so much better, not to mention her footwork (for Muay Thai) and explosive power. The changes are noticeable when I watch her move in Muay Thai and Kickboxing classes.”

    Coach Carmen added one more thing about Susi, which we found absolutley awesome:

    “When we first started working together she could barely do one push-up. Now, she can do 10 consecutive push-ups without stopping.” 💪

    When we asked Susi what has kept her on track and regularly training at SBG Buford, she told us the following:

    What has kept me here is the amount of growing and learning that I have done in the past 8 months. Also, I love the amazing support that I receive from all the coaches students here. I know that my overall goal is large, but I’m dedicated to achieving it.”

    You are absolutely crushing it, Susi. Your dedication to the SBG tribe and achieving your fitness and health goals is outstanding and we are stoked to see just how far you can go. 🔥🔥🔥

    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.