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Mary Rose now

Mary Rose

Same old workouts
A leg up in my dance company at Emory University
Classes Taken
Personal Training Kickboxing
Straight from Mary

I’ve been training at X3 for about two and a half years. After a while, X3 became my second home. The workouts are intense, but the atmosphere is super fun and supportive.  I recently decided to push myself even further by taking advantage of the Personal Training program offered at X3.  I have only been training with ACE a few months now, and I can already see the difference in my body. I can say that ACE is always thinking up new workouts in order to constantly challenge different muscle groups. The strength training I have done really helps me with the kickboxing classes I do regularly at X3 and also with my dance.  I’m in the dance company at Emory University. I can honestly say he pushes me to the next level. I can’t wait to see what the next few months will bring training with ACE.  

Kimberly Bearden Blair now
Kimberly Bearden Blair before

Kimberly Bearden Blair

14 Inches
Strength, Endurance & A New Life
Classes Taken
Kickboxing Personal Training
Straight from Kimberly

I joined X3 in November of 2012. My goal was to increase my strength and endurance. Over a 12 month period, I lost about 10 lbs and 14 inches overall (4 of that in my waist, 3 from my hips). My body fat also decreased from 23% to 18%. My strength, endurance, and even agility has improved drastically! X3 has helped me push past my limits and reach a level of fitness I didn’t know existed within me. I love that all X3 team members, from management to trainers, provide continuous motivation, encouragement, and support. I also love the convenience and variety of classes and one-on-one training.

As a 35 year old, mother of 3 with a full-time job, I look forward to going to the gym each day…it’s my, “me time.” It’s a huge stress-reliever and the health benefits I continue to receive are absolutely worth the time, money and effort. X3 has become a part of my everyday routine…Eat clean. Drink water. Stay active. Be healthy. It’s a lifestyle. Train like there’s no finish line. Thanks X3!

James LaPierre now

James LaPierre

20 LBS
Self -Discipline
Classes Taken
Muay Thai
Straight from James

I’ve been a part of the Muay Thai program for nearly a year now and it has been one of the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had. I lost 20lbs since I started training in Muay Thai. I’m a long time martial arts fan, and learning Muay Thai has given me a different, more rounded perspective on the world of martial arts. Every single class, I feel like I learn something new that makes my skills sharper than they were before. Taking Muay Thai has taught me a type of discipline that I did not have before, and it affords me a sense of confidence to be able to walk around without fear of harm. Muay Thai has helped me get into the best shape of my life and instilled in me a feeling of camaraderie with an awesome group of people. I train with an incredible instructor; Harris Norwood, at the Inman Park location

Jelani now


Un-Athletic ability
A silver medal in the 100 & 200 meter dash
Classes Taken
Youth Programs
Straight from Jelani

My name is Betty Mayfield-Sly, My grandson Jelani is a member at the X3 gym and attends Mr. Breon Smiley’s boxing class, (Coach Smiley I would be remiss not to share my family and grandson’s wonderful experience since joining your facility).

Coach Smiley is a very special person and an inspiration to so many kids, but in particular, he continues to make a lasting and positive impression on my grandson Jelani.  Mr. Smiley is a great role model and mentor to all of the kids he coaches.  He is an amazing coach and an amazing man in that he truly cares about the children who he trains.  Before Jelani joined the gym he could not jump rope or run very fast.  After training with Mr. Smiley for about 9 months, Jelani not only managed to come in 2nd in the 100 and the 200 meter dash in track, he also qualified this summer (2013) for USATF Jr. Olympic in Florida. 

It would be Jelani’s first time on a track field, and I contribute all of Jelani’s success to Coach Smiley, who is an outstanding coach and possesses an undeniable love for his work.

I thank you, for your leadership and your outstanding team at the X3 gym for being professionals and for all that you do. Your service is no less than an A+ rating. My family and I look forward to having a successful, exciting, and wonderful experience at the X3 Gym in the years to come

Channing Hixon now

Channing Hixon

My noodle arms
Muscles I never knew I had
Classes Taken
Straight from Channing

I joined X3 in July 2013 and decided I wanted proper yoga instruction, so I started taking yoga classes there in August. I definitely have more body awareness since I started doing yoga; discovering muscles I never knew existed within my body and engaging those muscles that I wouldn’t normally engage or even notice while doing regular intensive workouts (such as kickboxing, fast track, etc). Targeting and strengthening those specific muscles have contributed greatly to my performance in the more intensive workouts. I had noodle arms… I mean they are still small but before they were useless, couldn’t hold myself up in a plank to save the lives of kittens and puppies.

After all the Chaturangas and Downward Dogs… holding my body weight is no longer a problem. In fact I am in love arm balances! Yoga has provided me with such a sense of strength (not only body but mind as well) and greatly improved my flexibility. In the not too distant future my leg will be behind my head. Yoga has inspired me so much and benefited to my overall health that I am currently in training to become a certified yoga instructor.”

Peter Kim now
Peter Kim before

Peter Kim

40 LBS
A home away from home
Classes Taken
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Straight from Peter

I began training at X3 Sports in late October 2013 at 275lbs. As of February 1st 2014, I weighed in at 235lbs. Right now my main focus is losing the weight and competing in MMA when I reach my  goal of 170lbs. I competed in COPA for the NO GI Jan. 18th. And will try and compete for Lutador in March. I always wanted to try Jiu Jitsu when I was living in Cali but the prices were too ridiculous. As soon as my buddy got me into X3 there was no looking back. Joining X3 Sports was the best decision I ever made. Love the great friends I’ve made through the gym and excited to see how our friendship will progress in the future.


Lisa Arrietta now

Lisa Arrietta

My fear
Strength & Balance to Cope with Muscular Dystrophy
Classes Taken
Straight from Lisa

I started in January of 2013 with a goal of keeping my strength, increase my resistance, focus my mind and most importantly; enjoy anything I want to do.

I love the boxing classes because it’s a very dynamic and fun combination of everything including learning how to enhance my balance. The practice, the timing and sequences, improve my strength; which has helped me to improve my core. This is very important to me because these attributes have been a huge help in order to offset my weakness that is primarily based on how I am able to stay on my feet.

The classes are helping me to improve a multitude of things. I have Muscular Dystrophy condition and it causes me to experience weakness in all of my joints. It’s specifically painful in my lower extremities.  This is a progressive condition and targets my capabilities to maintain and sometimes even find my balance.  It is for this reason I have to find the courage and do my best to keep motivated in my workouts, in an effort to have a better life.

Everyday I work on my strength, balance and resistance capacity. I know I have found a place to help me stay healthy and I feel awesome every time I’m done with my routines.  When I have my daily workouts I feel energized for the day, ready for anything and can face any challenge.

It is a wonderful opportunity to have this kind of gym which includes a schedule of different classes.  Everyone that comes to X3 to workout is doing something different and I feel that they are all working hard to achieve their goals. Every staff member is kind and shows they care, but most importantly, they are willing to get me a tremendous experience every time I am there.  I must say I feel comfortable and I am going to an excellent environment to support me in reaching my daily goals.  I always say that the best someone can do each day, is something good for your mental and physical health.  Consistency and having excellent discipline is the key to feeling spectacular. 

Jay Pearson now
Jay Pearson before

Jay Pearson

The body my wife married
A body my wife can be proud of
Classes Taken
Power Track
Straight from Jay

Before Power Track I was doing a lot of cardio conditioning. I was on the scale every day watching the pounds melt off and day-by-day I was getting smaller but my body looked and felt like crap. Losing the pounds was cool, but I was also shedding muscle mass. My joints were killing me, in particular my knees and my back and my core were still very weak.  Heck, I couldn’t even do a pull up! Now that I think back, I never could do a pull up!?

I wanted to be stronger. I wanted to look different. Losing pounds wasn’t the only reason why I joined X3; I joined X3 to change the way my body looked, felt and performed! I wanted to be fit! -not skinny fat. Rob Jacob’s Power Track delivered fit and more! Rob taught me about strength through proper form, tempo and compound lifting. I don’t come to X3 to workout. I can workout at home. I come to X3 to train, strengthen, and develop my BODY and all its components! Rob you have done more than you will ever know for me and my family. Thank you very much! My wife says I’m sexy… now

Clint Hester now

Clint Hester

Hard Times
Celebrity Status as a UFC Fighter
Classes Taken
MMA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Boxing Fast Track Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Muay Thai
Straight from Clint

Upon graduating from McEachern High School in 2005, Clint was at a cross-roads deciding between the military and college. While still in limbo, he decided to try out boxing at another gym as a hobby and fell in love with it after one week. After finding some initial competitive success, he hit some hard times and had to take a 9 month layoff from boxing to work two jobs. After his hiatus from boxing, he was looking for a new gym to train at and stumbled across X3 Sports. “Coming here was great. Right away I could feel the family atmosphere and I loved it.” Soon after Clint started training at X3 Sports he went 4-0 and won the Georgia Games boxing tournament.

“After a few more months, I left my job and went to help my mom with her new business cleaning industrial buildings. This went downhill so I was struggling at the bottom of the food chain and still pursuing my boxing career. Times where getting real hard and X3 Sports lent a helping hand to me and gave me a job selling memberships. It was new to me and very hard at first but they kept encouraging me to keep working hard and everything will work out. So far it has big time. Not only did it help me obtain great people skills and business skills, I’ve made a big financial turnaround because of the helping hand.”

As a result of being involved at X3 Sports, Clint has been training in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Tony Tucci,  Israel Gomes and Rodrigo Artilheiro. By combining his experience as a boxer and his new found love for BJJ. Clint decided to pursue a career as a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter.

Clint was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Sonnen and is currently competing as a middleweight for the UFC and s currently 3-0.

“X3 Sports has helped me get my life together and have a plan to get to where I want to be in life. I am now on my way.”

Marvin Head now

Marvin Head

30 LBS
Self Confidence
Classes Taken
Fast Track
Straight from Marvin

I came to X3 sports in February of 2013. I originally came to X3 weighing 230 lbs. I now weigh 200 lbs. My goal is to continue to put on lean muscle and then eventually take more Martial Arts and Sports Training classes.  Fast Track helped  has providing me a whole-body workout that helped me build my strength and endurance and keep the pounds off. I love that Fast Track offers a challenging and varied workout, and the camaraderie among everyone in the class helps keep me motivated and pushes me further.