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  • Tina Simon is February’s Fitness Member of the Month


    Tina Simon is the ultimate example of perseverance and overcoming adversity. She spent a large part of 2018 dealing with the after effects of chemotherapy. Despite that, she made it a point to fight back and get back into Fitness Kickboxing classes as soon as her body and health would allow her to.

    Tina came to SBG Buford in June of 2017. She had previously done CrossFit and wanted a new challenge.

    “CrossFit worked on different body parts, on different days. I wanted a way to stay healthy and get a full body workout, every day.”

    From the very beginning, Tina was a regular in Fitness Kickboxing classes. It wasn’t until she discovered she’d tested positive for cancer that her nearly perfect attendance would be in jeopardy. Despite facing a huge, and scary, obstacle, Tina never waivered. She continued to do Fitness Kickboxing classes up until her body wouldn’t let her anymore.

    The chemotherapy took her out of the game for a few months, but it wasn’t long until Tina was back on the mats with the same positive energy she’s always possessed.

    Today, Tina can be found in just about every 5pm Fitness Kickboxing class. You always know that she is going to give you 100%, and leave with a smile.

    Congratulations Tina, 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.