Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in martial arts training. Develop mind-body strength with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a month of unlimited classes and a personal training consultation at KnuckleUp Fitness (a $149 value). This Groupon is valid at KnuckleUp's Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, and Douglasville locations.
KnuckleUp, the nation's fifth-ranked submission grappling school, keeps bored gym rats and new fitness seekers engaged by combining traditional gym services, such as fitness kickboxing and indoor cycling, with Muay Thai and mixed martial arts classes. The robust Brazilian jiu jitsu program is stewarded by Master Ricardo Murgel, who has more than 50 years of experience, racking up an eighth-degree black belt and training with Grand Masters in the process. Other expert instructors have gone toe to toe in the King of the Cage, WCL, IFL, and K1 Grand Prix competitions. The human weapons teach classes such as kickboxing, which is 50–60 minutes of interval training and stints attacking a 200-lb. bag, and Muay Thai, which provides students with a total body workout that incorporates striking techniques and the basics of using an abacus to score a Muay Thai fight.
In addition to sampling classes, clients can take advantage of a complimentary personal training consultation to roadmap goals such as losing weight, gaining muscle, and strengthening fingers so they can be used to dig better sand-castle moats.
Although Google Mappers have been mixed about KnuckleUp's administrative procedures in the past, since undergoing new management, Yelpers give it a three-star average and Citysearchers give it a 4.5-star average.
- The classes are intense but enjoyable and it does not feel like 50 minutes of working out. Every instructor has a different teaching style but that keeps it interesting. – Brandi L., Yelp
- Every instructor, trainer, and management takes interest in helping me. I've been a member for 3 years. I've learned so much, am in great shape. The new management is excellent. – Caroline Gudger, Citysearch
Started in 1999, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there’s a reason for this gym’s popularity—KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who’ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp’s locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.