Fitness & Sports

Upward Sports

020114.gtp14bHave you been trying in vain to get your kids up off the couch to get more exercise? Do you want them to be lifted up in their confidence and spirit? Wish their self-esteem could be up more than down? Maybe you just want them to look up to something bigger than themselves for a change. (more…)

Atlas Takes MMA Action to New Heights

AtlasFightsLLCLogo_v2Atlas Fights produced their first fight in February 2009 at the IP Casino Resort Spa which was promoted as “USA vs Brazil.” The contract was for one fight but because it was so successful, the IP executives wanted to arrange another Atlas event right away. The original business plan was to feature USA fighters against fighters from other countries but the expenses were prohibitive. Atlas went back to the drawing board. It was from this shift of the business plan that brought about the new brand,”Cage Rage.” The new Atlas brand was the perfect name and illustration for the big, rough and raw excitement of MMA. Atlas was off and running, ready for it’s second event at the IP with “Cage Rage 1.”
Cage Rage 1 brought in a huge crowd of crazed MMA fans and blew the lid off the IP. Atlas was offered the opportunity to sign a multiple fight deal at the venue that started it all. The casino wanted to feature an Atlas MMA event once per quarter. “We had evolved into a full fledged MMA promotional company and from that moment on, Atlas Fights took on a life of it’s own. “We are very grateful to the IP for it’s early faith in us. Thanks to the IP we were able to open our doors and bring this new kind of entertainment to the Coast,” owner Glenn Mattina said. With the success of the “Cage Rage” series, other opportunities for the Atlas Fights brand began. (more…)

MMA History and Style Guide

Modern mixed martial arts competition or MMA has only a short history, as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event took place on November 12, 1993. However, martial artists of different backgrounds have been fighting for years leading up to the burgeoning modern day interest in full contact combat athletic endeavors. In accordance, this full contact combat sport is growing in popularity at an amazing rate. (more…)


On the evening of May 5th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Alan “The Talent” Belcher will fight Brazilian middleweight, Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares. It will be LIVE on FOX, and is expected to have over 15 million viewers. This is only the third FOX card that the UFC has done. Coast fans will be bursting at the seams with pride as their favorite son, Belcher, will undoubtedly annihilate this very worthy opponent. Palhares is known for his wrenching leg locks, knee bars and toe holds. Belcher commands his own arsenal of weapons, as well as standing head and shoulders above Palhares. (more…)

Smokin’ the Sound & Smokin’ the Lake

Spring has sprung and here come the boats! It is once again time to see and feel the thrill that mesmerizes onlookers with delight. Smokin’ the Sound and Smokin’ the Lake are back and ready to bring you a springtime extravaganza that has speed, action and heart stopping twists and turns at every event. With Deer Island as a beautiful backdrop for the 7 mile course the excitement is sure to please. This is like NASCAR on the water! (more…)


Most parents will agree that children need time in the fresh air and the great outdoors. There is a safe and fun way to get kids psyched up about the world outside their four walls. Upward Soccer is on the coast and open to kids K-4 through 6th grade. One of the most active places for the kids to play is at First Baptist Church Gulfport.
Carol Leggett, Upward League Director, and Steven Mansell head up the program for kids that focuses on the whole child instead of just the sports aspect. “I’ve been at FBC Gulfport, as the Youth and Recreation Ministry Associate, for 2 ½ years. I felt that God was calling me to work with students and I really enjoy Upward soccer in the spring and Upward basketball in the fall,” Mansell said. (more…)


Spinning was derived from real road cycling and combines three basic hand positions and five core movements that are simple, fun and easy to learn. The ride is a journey you take with an skilled instructor on state of-the-art stationary bikes that combine sound training principals, inspirational music, as well as a unique mind/body philosophy. Spinning has helped millions get into the best shape of their lives. Now this revolutionary sport activity is available to Coast residents at an extraordinary, brand new facility. Spinning just the beginning of what you will find at Cycology, and it is our extreme pleasure to tell you all about it. (more…)