What's In Store

Local gym to host NFL scout, college coaches at opening Saturday

A new sports performance training facility in North Charlotte will host a grand opening Saturday.

The free event at Ultimate Athlete will run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will feature a tour of the facility, lunch provided by the Hogman and an athletic contest in which participants will compete in a series of challenges including pushups, situps, pullups, a 20-yard sprint and a 400-meter run.

Prizes will be awarded to winners of each challenge, as well as the top overall male and female athletes.

The event will also feature an NFL scout from the Green Bay Packers and college football coaches from Appalachian State and North Greenville University, all available for athletes to consult with.

Founded by former Gardner-Webb quarterback Jeremy Martin, the gym will train athletes age 13 and up using a variety of sports performance training methods that focus on acceleration, explosiveness, strength, agility, injury prevention and power, according to a statement from the company. It will also offer classes.

“There are a lot of athletes in the Charlotte area, a lot of really good athletes, and I want to help them achieve their goals, get to the next level and empower them to stay motivated,” Martin said.

The new facility, which held a soft opening Feb. 25, is located at 8721 Sidney Circle, Suite 400, in Charlotte. The company expects about 200 people to attend the grand opening, to which those interested can RSVP here.

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