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  • The Awesome Transformation of Jason Stolkner


    Going to a new gym can be scary.


    It’s like having that “new kid in school” anxiety as an adult. You’re going to an unfamiliar place, filled with unfamiliar people, to participate in activities that you may not be very good at. Most times the hardest part is taking that first step and deciding that you want to make some life changes for the better. Whether it is looking for better health, a better body, more energy, learning new skills, or a combination of all of them, making the conscious choice to turn things around. Jason made that decision when his weight started to really affect his health and lifestyle.


    When asked what his all-time heaviest weight was, Jason immediately came back with an answer. 513 pounds.

    He had reached a point where his health was in serious jeopardy. He was starting to get numbness in his hands when he would sleep, and moving around was becoming a pretty exhausting chore. He decided he needed to make some changes to improve his quality of life. He eventually called Straight Blast Gym.



    When he arrived at SBG, he was 370 pounds and looking for a new and exciting way to live a healthier lifestyle. Jason immediately got to work, trying out every program offered at Straight Blast Gym. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Weightlifting, CrossFit…he dabbled in all of them before settling into a routine of Weightlifting and Kickboxing/Muay Thai. He worked his way down to 270 pounds thanks to his hard work and the guidance of his coaches.

    When asked what his favorite part of training at Straight Blast Gym he says

    “The people. Everybody is super welcoming and encouraging.”

    Coach Jim, who works with Jason in Kickboxing and Muay Thai classes adds

    “Jason is beyond dedicated. If a couple of days go by and he isn’t in the gym we all wonder where he is. His results have been absolutely phenomenal.”

    Awesome job Jason, and keep up the great work!

    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.