About Us

DAY ONE FITNESS

 

Day One Fitness provides high intensity exercise programs uniquely created to improve the quality of life of all those living with neurological conditions. Our vision at Day One Fitness is that one day, all those who could benefit from our programs will hear about us on DAY ONE of diagnosis. The first day you walk into our gym is DAY ONE, not only for coming to the gym, but for the rest of your life! We join alongside you in the fight against neurological conditions. The fighters in our gym are people fighting back against:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Stroke

In 2015, Day One Fitness was founded, but what inspired this high intensity, non-contact boxing exercise in an 8,000 sq. ft. facility? Through research and blogs we discovered individuals throughout the country who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease who began boxing or exercising to improve their health and quality of life. After reading personal testimonials and how it impacted them positively, we knew we needed a gym dedicated to those suffering from Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases to become a reality in the Augusta and CSRA area.

The Inspiration

“I prayed consistently for God to start a fire in me, to show His will for me. Whatever His will, I

wanted it to be abundantly clear so I could put all my efforts into answering His call. Day One

Fitness is God answering my prayer and guiding me on the most profound journey of my life

as I am able to affect someone’s life in a very real and purposeful way.”

 

TAMBRA WILKERSON

President & Co-founder of Day One Fitness

Our Core Concepts

At Day One Fitness, we focus our programs on five core concepts:

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT

Inactivity leads to muscle atrophy as well as brain region degeneration.

USE IT AND IMPROVE IT!

Inactivity leads to muscle atrophy as well as brain region degeneration.

SPECIFICITY!

The nature of training dictates the nature of plasticity.

REPETITION MATTERS!

Induction of plasticity requires repetition.

INTENSITY MATTERS!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STEVE WILKERSON PMP (Chair)
Retired, Fluor Corporation

ROB BISSELL

Senior Vice President, South State Bank

CHARLOTTE CHATTO PT, PhD, NCS

Retired, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy College of Allied Health Sciences, Augusta University

DEE DEE KURILLA

KAMO Facility Solutions

SUZANNE H. SMITH, MD Associate Professor and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center | Department of Neurology, Augusta University

KATHY TUCKEY

Retired, AU Movement and Memory Disorder Clinic

KATHY OLSON

Marketing Consultant

OUR STAFF

Tambra Wilkerson
President

Suzanne Denmark
Executive Director & Head Coach

Melissa Burkey
Administrative Assistant

OUR COACHES

Michael Freeman

Betsy Pressley

Pamela Rosema

Elam Royer

Ileana Van Pelt

Amanda Waters

OUR PARTNERING PROFESSIONALS

Charlotte Chatto, PT, PhD, NCS

Natalie Eckler, PT, DPT

Sean Goynes, PT, DPT, OCS

Kasia Mooney, PT, DPT

Madison Quail, PT, DPT

IN THE BATTLE AGAINST NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE & DISABILITY

DAY ONE FITNESS NEEDS YOUR HELP TO ACCOMPLISH IT’S MISSION

At Day One Fitness, we rely on the generous support of our community through volunteerism, donations, and fundraising.

IN THE NEWS

Day One Fitness grant application video

Helping each other and working together.

Day One Fitness: Hype Video

Boxing program trains patients to beat Parkinson’s.

The Rock Steady Boxing story.

At this gym, boxers fight more than people.

Punching Parkinson’s Feature (Purdue)

Boxing program helps Parkinson’s patients fight back