THRIVEfitt thrives at Marietta location

Photo by Erin O’Neill Amanda Mercer demonstrates a pose while students look on. From left are Denise Pottmeyer, Denyse Fordham and Tonya Hays.

MARIETTA — Personal trainer, health coach and now fitness center owner, Amanda Mercer is trying to breathe new life into a building that has been empty for a long time.

She also encourages her clients to breathe as she runs them through rigorous training.

THRIVEfitt officially kicked off with an open house on Feb. 26 at 700 Greene St., the former Movie Gallery location near Qdoba restaurant. The building, owned by QMG Venture LLC, of Vienna, has been empty for six years. THRIVEfitt will occupy 1,700 square feet.

“We’re really excited. I really love the space and love the location,” Mercer said. “It’s very clean and will be a great place to thrive.”

On Monday, Mercer was teaching an S2 level one group training class, incorporating cardio with SPINNING, strength training and stretching. S2 stands for “sprint and strength” and is a creation of Mercer’s, a lifelong athlete originally from upstate New York.

“Our mission is come as you are — we want to help you succeed on YOUR journey,” Mercer said.

The women in attendance Monday morning have all been clients of Mercer and followed her from private sessions and working at ZK Fitness to the new location.

“I think this is just great, it’s beautiful and it’s going to be a real gem for Marietta,” said Tonya Hays, of Marietta, who was attending her first class.

Denise Pottmeyer, 62, of Lowell, said she has been using Mercer as a personal trainer for more than two years.

“The group classes really keep us accountable to each other,” she said. “Even if you’re new, you just become part of the group.”

Group classes are what is offered at the studio and includes all levels. Classes include SPINNING, boot camp, X-tone Xpress and S2 level one and level two programs, geared toward different experience and fitness levels. Class sizes are limited to 17 in an effort to provide more individual attention. Mercer has a degree in exercise science, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a master trainer, a certified SPINNING instructor and a holistic health coach.

“I have been at a place where I deprived myself of different things and I learned that we are really meant to thrive,” Mercer said. “I love personal training, guiding clients through nutrition choices, finding mental and emotional stability and a social aspect.”

Marietta resident Denyse Fordham echoed Pottmeyer’s sentiments that she enjoyed the group class and said she really appreciates having someplace to go.

“If left to my own devices, I wouldn’t ever do anything,” she said.

The schedule is subject to change and private sessions can be arranged by contacting Mercer. Check the website at for the most up-to-date information.