GrowUPStrong Family Fitness Series


grow_strong_coverThrough our community partnership with Grow Montessori School, we are hosting a Family Fitness Series!



Saturday, July 26 – Disco Zumba

Saturday, August 23 – Water Works

Saturday, October 25 – Monster MashUP

Saturday, November 22 – Turkey Trot

Each event starts at 11am and will consist of a fun workout for the whole family!  

All children must be accompanied by an adult.  $2 per adult (If it’s your first visit you are FREE!).  Kids are FREE.

Great prizes and giveaways will be included!


Run “The ATL”

Urban Perform is one of the beneficiaries of the classic Atlanta Labor Day weekend race, The ATL 20K Relay and 10K!

Gather some friends and run in the 20K Relay (4 person team each completing a 5K leg or 2 person team each completing a 10K leg). You can also participate in the road race solo as a 10K or 20K runner or walker!

The race is Saturday, August 30th at 7:00 am in Castleberry Hills. All runners and walkers are welcome!

When you register, under “How you heard about this event” choose Urban Perform and we will receive an extra percentage of your race registration!

More Information

Register Now!


New Mural by Nathan Tavel!



A very special thanks to Nathan Tavel and Taylor Means for the beautiful mural they designed and created on our new building. We are so grateful for all their hard work. They did a fantastic job with our building! We have heard many positive comments from community members about the mural. Coming up later this summer, youth in the community will have an opportunity to design and paint on the side wall of the building. On August 23rd, one of our GrowUPStrong family fitness days, all community members are invited to come help Nathan put the finishing touches on the side wall.



Check out Nathan’s other work! We highly recommend him!



Phone: 404 200 7453


We hope to make Vine City an Oasis of healthy living! – AJC Feature

Adding a safe place to exercise to

‘so-called’ gym deserts

Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By Gracie Bonds Staples – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hyosub Shin  as the photojournalist

Outside a renovated gas station at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, a half dozen women run through 45-second intervals of cardio exercises.

They run. They jump. They shore up their core for a full body workout.

Stephanie Tyson, 28, is hoping she can shed 85 pounds.

Losing weight would be a plus, but more than anything, Damaris Henderson, a 40-something HIV prevention specialist and counselor, just wants to get healthy.

Either way, the women say Urban Perform is the best thing that has come to this tired old neighborhood in a long while and if it means improving their health and general appearance, even better.

Laura Pritchard-Compton (foreground), executive director of Urban Perform, leads an outdoors fitness class at the new gym in Vine City.

The gym, which moved to Vine City in March from a nearby warehouse, is part of what seems to be a growing trend of nonprofits targeting residents in so-called food deserts, where there’s not only little access to fresh, healthy and affordable food but virtually no safe or affordable exercise venues.

UP caters primarily to Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park, majority African-American communities with high rates of obesity, hypertension and diabetes. With a three-year, $90,000 grant the gym received recently from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, residents are hopeful those troubling health statistics will soon drop

“These Westside neighborhoods are beset by a myriad of challenges, including high crime, unemployment and poverty, that prevent residents from eating healthy or getting proper exercise,” said Frank Fernandez, vice president of community development at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which has committed some $15 million to projects it hopes will improve the quality of life for Westside residents. “In addition to living in a food desert, they also live in a fitness desert.”

UP, Fernandez said, is one of several ways the foundation hopes to transform the area into an oasis of healthy choices. As part of this mix, UP offers nutrition classes for kids and will host a farmers market this summer.

According to Laura Pritchard-Compton, founder and executive director of Urban Perform, residents had been asking for a safe place to exercise when she was approached by a local pastor to turn a church warehouse into a gym for the community’s youths.

That was in May 2011.

Pritchard-Compton, who holds degrees in religious studies, kinesiology and exercise physiology from the University of Virginia, lives in nearby Washington Park.

In January 2012, she opened a gym in the church warehouse, focused primarily on the community’s youth. Within a year, adults were wanting in, too. Urban Perform expanded to offer $2 group fitness classes for the entire family.

“The first two years, we served about 100 kids and families,” Pritchard-Compton said. “Now after three months here, we’ve served 300-plus kids and families.”

What makes the gym unique, she said, is the hourlong classes are offered six days a week at a flat $2 rate rather than on a sliding income scale like those offered at the YMCA. Residents can take the first class free of charge. For $15 a month, they get unlimited access to classes or pay $22 a month for access to both the gym and classes.

Tyson, who has lived in Vine City with her daughter Yannis for three years, said she discovered UP one morning while en route to her daughter’s school, then one evening noticed a class was in session.

“I said that’s where I need to be,” she said.

Once the 28-year-old single mom stopped in for more information, Tyson said she was out of excuses.

“The classes were inexpensive and so motivational,” she said. “It made you feel good.”

Tyson had tried working out at a larger facility, but the fees, she said, were like “paying a car note.”

Both she and Henderson have in some ways become unofficial recruiters for UP, encouraging siblings and co-workers to join them.

Tyson regularly works out with her daughter and a sister and brother now.

“I want to set a good example for my daughter,” she said.

Henderson credits her niece with getting her off the coach and into the gym.

“I saw how motivated she was to come,” she said. “Then when I came for the grand opening, I realized the benefit to the community.”

Henderson said that coming to the small gym has been far less intimidating than going to a larger, more expensive facility.

“I didn’t want to pay an expensive gym fee, and I didn’t want to be in a large gym with a lot of skinny people,” she said.

Although she lives in East Point, Henderson said she works in the community. Her decision to join UP, she said, hinged not on looking good but getting healthy.

“I’m not even thinking about weight,” she said. “I have high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and my knees hurt, so I want to address my health issues more than anything. If I lose the weight, God bless America, but I’m tired of that fight.”

Pritchard-Compton said making a difference in the community will mean addressing both the residents’ diets and ability to exercise.

“Neither one will work by itself,” she said.


turn it UP! 6 week challenge

Take the challenge, make the change TURN IT UP

Monday June 30th –Friday August 8th


Take your Fitness to the NEXT LEVEL:

Lose Weight – Tone Muscles – Gain Endurance

with Accountability

Activities Include: 3 assessments, class attendance minimum, open gym workouts, food log, health 101, prize incentives, personal coaching, classes and more!



Sign up with a friend and receive $5 off per person

Register Monday through Saturday at

Urban Perform – 678 joseph e. boone Blvd nw



phone: 678-341-0393 email:

Farmer’s Market

We partnered with the Georgia Food Oasis, Atlanta Mobile Market, Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to host a weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market at Urban Perform.

Please join us every Saturday from 9am-1pm!  The produce will be fresh, local and reasonably priced for our community.  Snap Benefits will be 2 for 1!!


 mobile market

Tri-Kids Spring season was a great success!

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After 8 weeks of dedicated training our athletes successfully completed two triathlons!  Eleven of our athletes competed for the very first time.  We could not be more proud and grateful.  The athletes would not have this opportunity if we did not have amazing volunteer coaches, donations and your support! This program is made possible through our partnership with Tri-Kids Inc.

If you believe in this program and our other work, please consider becoming a Sustaining UP Member for as little as $21 per month.

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Grand Opening Celebration!

Join us for the
Turn UP Challenge as we celebrate our move into a new location!

May 31, 2014 · 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. · 678 Joseph E. Boone

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Turn UP Challenge

Let’s find out who is Atlanta’s MOST FIT

  • Teams of (3)
  • Pushups, Burpees and Squats
  • 30 second increments

Each rep completed earns dollars to support the growth of Urban Perform.


10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open House

  • Shape UP – Free fitness classes
  • Fed UP – Mini health fair
  • Step UP – Tour our New Digs

Additional Details:

If you are not competing in the Turn UP Challenge, the event is free and open to the public.  Kids and families are welcome!

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Meet our new Associate Director…

Ralyn Strong!


Hometown:  Flagstaff, Arizona
Education: Public Health and Communication
What makes you most excited about joining Urban Perform?
  • 1)Seeing what God does through us.
  • 2) Having the opportunity to work with a cause I wholeheartedly believe in.
  • 3)Working with a team full of passion for the community!
Thinks…the true gift is, to be able to serve each other and we should have a theme party to make it extra fun!
Past-times:  “I really do like long walks on the beach. I love trail runs in the desert!”


We excited to have Ralyn joining us at Urban Perform.  She will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.


Internships Available!

We are looking for qualified, passionate individuals to intern with us for school credit.  The job description is below.  Feel free to email with any questions.

Volunteer Job Title: Fitness Management Intern

Reports to: Associate Director

Time commitment: 15-20 hours per week

Responsibility: The Fitness Management Intern will have the opportunity to work within our varying programs serving youth and adults.  This person will be responsible for assisting the Directors in running the gym facility and will have the opportunity to teach classes, run programs and help individuals reach their fitness needs.

About Urban Perform: Founded in January 2012 as a local nonprofit gym, we work to improve the health of families in underserved communities by promoting quality nutrition and active lifestyles. We partner with local organizations to decrease rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes; thus, creating a health conscious change in the community. We provide free fitness and nutrition programs for kids as well as $2 classes in various formats for adults including circuit training, Spin, Zumba, and Yoga. We currently serve the English Ave, Vine City and Washington Park neighborhoods on the Westside of Atlanta.

About the Position: This position is offered during the spring, summer and fall semesters.  The target population of Urban Perform is predominately non-hispanic Black individuals who live in the English Avenue Vine, Vine City and Washington Park communities.  Fitness Management Interns with Urban Perform will have the opportunity to gain experience in many different aspects of the fitness industry, including, but not limited to:

  • Customer care
  • Facility operations
  • Comprehensive fitness assessments
  • Individualized exercise programming
  • Incentive program development
  • Group exercise class instruction
  • After school program instruction
  • Physical Education class instruction
  • Health promotion programs
  • Professional development and networking


  • Candidates for this internship should have a strong desire to work in community engagement and health/fitness
  • Prefer students in their junior or senior year, pursing a BS or BA Degree in wellness, fitness or related field
  • Experience/interest in working with diverse populations
  • Preferred course work in exercise testing and prescription, exercise physiology and anatomy
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are a must
  • Group fitness or personal training certification a plus

Key Duties:

  • Assist the Associate Director in the daily activities of Urban Perform
  • Be present and available to greet and answer questions from clients
  • Manage the front desk using our client management system
  • Provide assistance and direction for a specific Urban Perform program of your choice


Application Procedure: To apply for this position please email a cover letter and resume with INTERNSHIP in the subject line to Internships can be done for degree credit and are unpaid.