When his younger brother Tyrell set his sights on the World Heavyweight Championship, Xavier Biggs put his own boxing aspirations aside to offer ringside assistance. He's remained in the corner of pro and amateur fighters ever since, and has even lent his ring-leading talents to celebrities like Usher Raymond, whom Xavier coached for the upcoming film Hands of Stone.
At Decatur Boxing Club, he brings that same punching prowess to beginner classes. In those sessions, he combine intensive cardio workouts with fundamentals, such as striking, bobbing and weaving, and furiously shuffling feet to create powerful static shocks. He imbues more seasoned students with advanced footwork and fighting strategies that they can eventually test during sparring sessions in the ring. For kids, Xavier incorporates boxing moves into fun exercises and peppers his teaching with stories about legendary boxers.
Terri "The Boss" Moss knows a thing or two about motivation. The former narcotics investigator was 33 years old when she slipped on her first pair of boxing gloves, but her late arrival to the ring did nothing to prevent her from taking the fighting world by storm. She entered the professional circuit about two years later, and racked up five world-title bouts in three separate weight divisions during her nine-year career. After defeating Stephanie Dobbs—13 years her junior—in 2007 to become the Intercontinental Strawweight title-holder, the champ soon retired and founded Atlanta Corporate Fight Night, a charity boxing show that trains everyday folks from the business world while raising money for local causes.
Today, Moss continues to prove it's never too late to suit up for battle, teaching boxing lessons for wannabe professionals and weekend warriors alike in her own gym, Buckhead Fight Club. The graffiti-strewn space, which opened in May 2013, hosts boxing, taekwondo, and yoga classes, as well as on-site massages that help boxers relax enough to finally unclench their fists.
Elite Edge Training Center's team of four certified personal trainers and martial arts experts adopt a science-based approach to physical training, and work in advanced facilities that are necessary to support their methods. An onsite technician helps rehabilitate visitors with Muscle Activation Technique, a biomechanical evaluation and therapy designed to improve range of motion and miming ability. Visitors can take advantage of a turf field and smooth exercise floor with features such as stationary bikes, free weights, resistance bands, hurdles, and anvil-throwing stations.
On the turf field, instructors guide students through workout basics and interval training in all-level classes such as boot camp, strength and conditioning, and cross training. During fitness kickboxing classes, they gather groups in a padded arena filled with punching bags to practice martial arts techniques interspersed with aerobic workouts. In Brazilian jiujitsu classes, black-belt instructor James Soetebeer and trainer Jake Jo elucidate grappling techniques, ground submissions, and ground striking in the no-gi style.
Unit 2 Fitness is a locally owned fitness martial arts gym located in midtown Atlanta, GA. Unit 2 was founded by a small group of martial artists and professional fighters. Like many of you we loathed corporate big box gyms. We wanted something for people that wanted hard core fitness and demanded results.
Variety is the underlying theme at Brookhaven Fitness Studio. The facility strategically recruited its roster of personal trainers to feature an assorted set of skills and areas of expertise. Brookhaven also offers a wide array of group fitness classes. TRX suspension training improves strength and flexibility, and co-ed sessions of kickboxing allow participants to ferociously swing and kick their way to a great workout. The studio balances its rigorous functional training with recovery programs, including personalized nutritional plans and Qigong classes.
In 1992, Atlanta Kick opened as a karate dojo, teaching martial arts with an emphasis on respect, physical fitness, and discipline. By 2000, the certified trainers at Atlanta Kick had punched through the wooden planks blocking them from bringing their studio to the next level of fitness by adding boot camps. Now, 13 years later, Atlanta Kick is bigger and stronger than ever. They still teach karate classes for children and adults, but they’ve added a slew of hard-hitting fitness classes to keep their boot camps company, including CrossFit, self-defense, and kickboxing. Certified trainers help motivate clients to blast through workout plateaus.