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Former NFL Star's Atlanta Sports Performance Gym Helps Members Find Their Inner Athlete

By Kelly Church

First he was a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and New England Patriots, and now he's an Atlanta, GA business owner. Dwight Johnson says he noticed the need for a sports-oriented performance gym in the south side of the city.

That's when he opened Total Athlete, an all-around fitness center with programs for young athletes with dreams of going into big league sports and adults. Johnson's technique focuses on all major areas of fitness and has a track record of guiding high school athletes to receiving college scholarships.

"There was no gym like this in Henry County and I wanted to share my wealth of knowledge from being a professional NFL player to help youth excel in their sport," Johnson says.

Total Athlete programs are designed to train athletes in all aspects of their fitness: strength, cardio endurance, speed and agility. Depending on the program that trainees choose, they're either signed up for individual classes, a six-month program or a one year program.

Speed Agility and Strength is a one day drop-in class that trains athletes to not only have improved linear speed, but be able to change directions efficiently and quickly. This class is also offered in a one-year commitment. Classes for Speed Agility and Strength are held Monday through Friday and cost $20 per session or $99 per month for one year.

TAX Bootcamp is another one day drop-in class and is more of an overall workout, instead of targeted towards one specific goal. It cross-trains athletes and helps them gain muscle, lose fat, improve cardiovascular health and move quicker on their feet. TAX Bootcamp is also offered in a six-month program. TAX Bootcamp classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the drop-in rate is $20, or $75 per month for six months.

"We are the master motivators when it comes to building confidence in young athletes," Johnson says. "The key is to get an athlete to see themselves successful in their sport through strengthening their minds and speaking positive affirmations over their life. Over 75 [of our] athletes in seven years have received football scholarships to major Division 1 universities."

Total Athlete has a football-specific training class called The Big Man Takeover. This course teaches all the necessary football skills. It's a one-day camp held in Atlanta and Columbus, GA, and Chattanooga, TN that improves an athlete's technique, speed and power through drills and professional coaching.

The camp itself costs $74.99, but those who sign up as members pay $199.99 per year and can attend all Big Man Takeover camps for free and receive access to all online support materials. There are additional skills trainings and even college recruiting services online through the annual membership.

All classes at Total Athlete can be signed up for online through totalathletesp.com. Current class schedules can also be found online.

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