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New Forge-Rx marries fitness, wellness screenings, nutrition in South Hall
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Forge-Rx nutrition coach Luke Jones gets a few minutes to lift free weights Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the new South Hall fitness center. - photo by Scott Rogers

Ever pull a muscle when bending down to pick something up?

Classes at the newly opened Forge-Rx in Braselton in South Hall might be able to ward off those sneaky injuries.

“Our group fitness classes are based on functional training,” co-owner Lauren Pohl said. “These are exercises to help people perform better on a daily basis.”

Equipment helps members with pullups and climbing skills. The Movement and Mobility fitness class incorporates yoga movements and is intended to help improve movements and reduce injuries, according to Forge-Rx’s website.

There are also full yoga classes offered at the center at 7386 Friendship Springs Road, behind the Publix-anchored shopping center off Spout Springs Road and Friendship Road/Ga. 347.

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Forge-Rx co-owner Evan Pohl shows Carol Garner portions of a workout routine Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the new fitness center that has just opened in Braselton. Forge-Rx focuses on exercises to help with everyday activities, nutrition and wellness. - photo by Scott Rogers
Forge-Rx

What: personal fitness and wellness center

Where: 7386 Friendship Springs Blvd., Braselton

More info: 678-960-4224, forge-rx.com

Overall, the center’s focus is a little more personalized and less “commercialized” than Forge-Rx’s Winder location, which offers the same classes but also a full-on gym with cardio equipment, such as treadmills, Pohl said.

Not that members can’t work up a sweat at the Braselton site.

Forge-Rx also offers indoor cycling classes for a 30-minute “high-intensity (exercise) that takes you through different intervals,” Pohl said. “The instructor will have you push and pedal for a few seconds, then you’ll take a break, then do it again.”

The center, which has child care, also offers personal training, nutrition coaching and wellness screenings by Pohl’s physician father, Dr. Joseph Pohl.

He conducts the screenings, checking blood sugar and blood pressure.

“He’ll give some health tips and point (customers) in the right direction,” Lauren Pohl said.

Joseph Pohl and Lauren’s brother, Evan Pohl, also are Forge-Rx owners.

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Forge-Rx co-owner Evan Pohl posts exercise and the number of repittions for members Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the new South Hall fitness center that focuses on exercises to help with everyday activities, nutrition and wellness. - photo by Scott Rogers

Inspiring the business were “my dad’s work in medicine and then, my brother starting off in personal training,” Lauren Pohl said.

“They had this idea together they could do a lot of good and bring something different to the table,” she said.

The Pohls, from the Grayson area, saw the Braselton/South Hall area as a good place to expand their business.

“It’s a beautiful spot, and we saw the community was growing,” Lauren Pohl said. “Plus, it’s not too far from the Winder location.”

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Forge-Rx employees gather outside the South Hall business Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Forge-Rx is a new fitness center focusing on exercises to help with everyday activities, nutrition and wellness.
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