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…)

Bayou View Fitness Center

Happy 1st Anniversary! Bayou View Fitness Center is not your run-of-the-mill gym where crowds of people occupy the machines just when you want to use them. This place is like having your own personal workout facility in your own home. The machines are all top notch Matrix and brand new. Even the towel service uses only the best towels money can buy. The atmosphere is inviting without being too over-the-top and even the water is specially filtered and eliminates any unsavory flavors or pathogens. (more…)

7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life. (more…)

Water Safety

When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat.
Between having fun and checking out the lifeguards, most people don’t think much about water safety — but they should. For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death. (more…)

The 2nd Annual NPC Power Shack Classic

By: Nancy Marchbanks
For those of you who attended the first Power Shack Classic, you know it couldn’t have been bigger or badder or more insane. It was such a success, that plans for the second Power Shack Classic kicked into high gear almost immediately following the premiere event!  On Saturday, July 30th, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum will be bursting at the seams once again, with so much rippling, chiseled, sculpted, strapping male and female musculature, that it just may be too much to take!  From beginning to end, The 2nd Annual Power Shack Classic will be a competition like no other. The most amazing, Herculean specimens of humankind will strut their stuff for all to see and you’ve GOT to be there! (more…)

Exercise and cold weather: Tips to stay safe outdoors

Dressing in layers, protecting your hands and feet, and paying attention to the forecast can help you stay safe and warm while exercising outdoors in cold weather.
Cold weather can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. And if you’re not so motivated, it’s all too easy to pack away your workout gear along with your warm-weather clothing.
You don’t have to let cold weather spell the end of your exercise.  You can stay fit, motivated and warm when the weather turns chilly. (more…)

Cacaro, Grant and Wagner Return to the Power Plant

Forward Jeff Grant and Defenseman Shane Wagner and Glenn Cacaro will be suiting up at the power plant for another year of High Voltage Hockey
Jeff Grant was a late edition to last years William B Coffey award winning team. Due to injuries and call ups, Jeff joined the team on February 10th on a three game try-out. It wasn’t soon after that, that this 6’0 175lb grinder from Massachusetts signed a contract and never looked back. “Jeff was recommended to me by his former teammate Chris Greene, I really didn’t know much about the kid” Coach Walby states. “I was presently surprised how well he fit in with the rest of the guys on and off the ice. I look for Jeff to pick up right where he left off, and for him to be a top six forward on our team”. (more…)

Healthy Sack Lunch Tips

Good nutrition is essential for your child to have a great day at school. Packing a sack lunch is one way to ensure that your child will have a nutritious mid-day meal, and even a healthy snack or two. The right lunch bag and accessories will allow you to pack a variety of healthy foods that are still tasty enough to please even the pickiest eaters. (more…)

Professional Body Building Competition come to the Coast with the First Annual Power Shack Classic

By: Nancy Marchbanks

Competitive bodybuilding is not for the faint of heart. This sport takes unwavering dedication, guts and determination in order to even have a prayer of being a contestant. This a world that most people know little about…I certainly knew nothing about when I began working on this assignment. Did I have preconceived notions? Yes. Was I wrong about most of them? Most definitely. I think that when most people have had the occasion to be channel surfing, and come upon a station featuring gleaming, expertly tanned, muscle bound men and women posing and parading around on a stage, it can be a little disconcerting. You can’t help but linger awhile and watch…and you wonder. How could a human being transform him or herself into a living, breathing statue of a Greek or Roman god? What does it take to create a physique of such magnificence and jaw dropping awe? Why do they put themselves into those bizarre configurations that make every single muscle ripple, bulge and pop. Viewing these men and women bring to mind comic book heroes who can (and often do) crush their enemies like a grape! It will be my pleasure to take you inside this much misunderstood sport and I urge you to take the opportunity to see these splendid examples of supreme musculature and strength right here at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center on July 31st, courtesy of POWER SHACK in Biloxi. (more…)