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Prime Performance — a new personal-training facility on Market Street in Athens — is unlike any other fitness center in the city, and that’s just the way owner Nick Thomas wants it

The certified master personal trainer and sports nutritionist opened the business Dec. 1, just in time for the New Year’s resolution rush. Based on a French design, Thomas said the 1,000-square-foot studio is the only one of its kind in Alabama.

He decided to open his own studio so he could work with clients of all ages after a successful season as the sports nutritionist for Athens High School’s football team, a position he continues to hold.

Bereft of traditional stationary weight machines, the stream-lined room contains some free weights, a squat rack, a couple of pieces of cardio equipment, some battle ropes, jumping platforms, a metered jumping track and a bullet circle designed for core training. The simple setup, Thomas said, forces clients to build both strength and stability simultaneously because they are not relying on the stability provided by a stationary weight machine. A typical session with Thomas involves a combination of strength training and plyometrics, which he said produces the best results.

Many of Thomas’ training methods can be traced back to his karate days in the 1990s when he won numerous matches, including two U.S. Open World Championships.

“I have a very deep passion for tailoring fitness and nutrition for each client so they will get better,” Thomas said. “This is more than just a business to me. Other gyms have hundreds of people, but here my clients get 100 percent of my focus and time.”

With 20 years of personal-training experience under his belt, Thomas said he has seen clients go from hardly being able to get out of a chair to doing four squat sets with 60 pounds of resistance. He’s had others who were able, through weigh loss and flexibility training, to get down on the floor and play with their children for the first time in a long time. As a sports trainer, he has had a hand in helping high school athletes sign with Division 1 colleges, including AHS offensive lineman Kannon Biggs, who signed Wednesday with Troy University.

“The motivation and inspiration of changing the quality of people’s lives through fitness and nutrition is very gratifying,” he said. “If I can help people gain energy, get stronger and feel better about themselves, I’ve done my job.”

Sessions range from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the needs of the client, and always include a nutrition program.

“Nutrition is the baseline of any sports or general-fitness program,” Thomas said. “The body and mind function more accurately (when eating healthy) and produced greater results across the board.”

In just the few weeks he’s been open, Thomas has already signed 18 clients and expects another big surge of interest at the beginning of the new year. To learn more about Prime Performance, call 423-805-0870 or email nick.thomas78@yahoo.com. You can also follow Thomas on Instagram at @nthomasfitness or visit him on Facebook at https://bit.ly/NickThomasFB.

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