Grand Opening Celebrates New Level Up Sports Training & Wellness Gym


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Wednesday afternoon, February 16, Level Up Sports Training & Wellness held its long-awaited grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce.

The fitness center, located at 616 W. Fourth Street, is jointly owned by Kennon McArthur and Whitney Wheeler. The latter focuses on group physical training sessions suitable for families. Wheeler has several personal training certifications.

“I do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) classes, dance classes, and boxing classes,” Wheeler said. “It’s all about family here. You can bring your children and there is no extra charge for them. We believe that if you can get your kids involved, the parents will come. We want everyone to feel welcome. »

McArthur is a former Sylacauga High School (SHS) baseball star who was selected in the fifth round of the 1998 MLB Draft as a catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies. He trains specifically with baseball drills as McArthur also owns the Central Alabama Baseball Academy (CABA).

“[We] are both from Sylacauga,” Wheeler said. “I was in transition and he had a place to train. We saw how well we worked together and decided to go into business together.

The next phase for McArthur and Wheeler is to add grass to the outside area which will have batting cages available in the near future. It’s all part of the reorientation process that the two have been heavily involved in from the start.

“When we got here it was just an empty garage,” Wheeler said. “We had to build walls, and that took time. We had to do the work ourselves. »

Currently, Level Up’s hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. throughout the week, but Wheeler says the gym will soon be moving to “always open, 24/7.”

“We say mindset is everything. If you come in with an open mind, we’ll help you grow,” Wheeler said. This philosophy of staying strong and being persistent shone with Wheeler and McArthur just in gym development.

“115 days later, and we’re thrilled to be here today,” Wheeler said.


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