Wanna get strong? Ditch those wimpy hand weights. From kickboxing to Muay Thai, Unit 2's world-class trainers will whip you into shape (and show you how to lay the smackdown) for a month of unlimited kickboxing and martial arts classes.
If you're looking for a see-and-be-seen gym where you can catch a Bachelorette rerun while leisurely strolling on a treadmill, look anywhere else in Atlanta. For those who tire of doing the hamster-in-a-wheel treadmill routine and are ready to ditch the wimpy handweights, Unit 2 Fitness is where the monotony — and the love handles — end. It's the ultimate no-frills, no-B.S. gym, where training hard for real results is the name of the game—and where your workouts do not include an elliptical and the latest issue of Maxim. (Because, really, if you're able to thumb through the pages of a magazine while working out, you're probably not doing it right.)
Owner Nick DeKay, a lifelong martial artist, opened Unit 2 back in 2007 with the idea of starting a gym that felt less like a slick, soulless GloboGym and more like a place where people could train together as a team, with world-class instructors and top-notch equipment. Five years later, they've racked up awards and "Best of Atlanta" nods left and right—almost as many decorations as their trainers, multi-time world champions who've practiced the art of layin' down the hurt for years. In between all that medal-winning, they're spending their days passing their mad whoop-ass skills on to regular folks like you and me. And for us regular folks, that's the beauty of Unit 2: martial arts classes like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai boxing might sound like something best left up to the pros, but thanks to the beginners programs, anyone at any fitness level can start learning how to grapple or box with the best of 'em, under instruction of some of the most decorated martial artists in the region.
No matter which path you choose, whether you're practicing your roundhouse kicks against a 100-lb bag or grappling on the floor under the watchful eye of a fifth-degree black belt instructor, you can be damn sure you won't
be doing it in a big-box gym environment to the tune of Richard Simmons. Time to roll up our sleeves, toss out the legwarmers, and get to work.