Archive for September, 2011
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Back To School - Enter The Horror Zone
It’s back-to-school time all over the country. For kids that get picked on, it’s a return to a horror zone. Experts say that more than 150,000 children miss school every day because they are afraid of being bullied. More than half of all schoolchildren have witnessed a bullying incident and three of every four students say bullying is a problem at their school.
The bulk of bullying occurs from the fourth through the eighth grades, although it can continue through high school and even in the workplace. Bullying is intimidation or domination toward someone perceived as weaker, a way to establish superiority through coercion or force. The emotional scars are often worse than the physical beatings, and victims of bullying often become depressed and do poorly in school. Bullying can even lead to suicide.
Rener Gracie, 27-year-old son of UFC originator Rorion Gracie and grandson of legendary Brazilian jiu-jitsu grandmaster Helio Gracie, knows all the statistics. He recognized that the martial art perfected by three generations of his uncles and cousins is ideal for combating bullies. So he and his brother Ryron developed a program specifically for youngsters who have been the target of taunts and shoves, kicks and punches.
Jiu-jitsu is a strategic, relatively nonviolent method of self-defense. It utilizes leverage, locks and holds that can neutralize a bigger, stronger opponent when both combatants are off their feet and grappling in close quarters. Combined with a clear understanding of the appropriate rules of engagement in a school setting, knowing the basics of jiu-jitsu can give a child the necessary tools to combat a bully.
“The program is engaging, it’s fun and it will ensure that your son or daughter doesn’t have to go through life at the mercy of tormenting bullies,” Rener said.
“There have been numerous, amazing stories about children taking a stand against bullying after learning the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I, for one, experienced firsthand, in my early years, the self-confidence and assertiveness that martial arts can instill in a child’s mentality. If your child is a victim of bullying, I would highly recommend a visit to LA Boxing Baton Rouge. Our programs are designed to not only teach children how to properly defend themselves but to enhance their level of focus, discipline, and respect for the world around them.”
~Gabe Miller – LA Boxing Owner
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Nutrition: Fact vs. Fiction
It has never been easy to sort through the facts and fallacies about food; and marketing ploys, clever phrases, wishful thinking, pseudo-science, media hype and celebrity testimonials don’t help. Here are some common and enduring food myths:
Myth: Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than frozen or canned.
Fact: Research shows frozen and canned foods are as nutritious as fresh. In fact, since lycopene is more easily absorbed in the body after it has been processed, canned tomatoes, corn and carrots are sometimes better nutrition choices.
Myth: Body weight is a reliable indicator of a healthful diet.
Fact: No two people have the same body composition. The measure of a
person’s diet and your overall health is a combination of factors, including weight.
Myth: Eating carbohydrates causes weight gain.
Fact: Calories cause weight gain. Excess carbohydrates are no more fattening than calories from any source. Despite the claims of low-carb diet books, a high-carbohydrate diet does not promote fat storage by enhancing insulin resistance.
Myth: Eating just before bedtime is fattening.
Fact: What you eat, not when, makes the difference; calories have the same effect on the body no matter when they are consumed. Evidence does suggest that eating regular meals, especially breakfast, helps promote weight loss by reducing fat intake and minimizing impulsive snacking.
Myth: Eating sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin in the body. Since foods that are high in sugar are often high in calories, overeating those foods can lead to weight gain. Research shows people who are overweight and obese are at increased risk for diabetes.
Myth: Occasionally following a fad diet is a safe way to quickly lose weight.
Fact: Many fad diets are developed by people with no science or health background so some fad diets can even be considered harmful to people with certain health problems. When trying to lose weight, consult a registered dietitian.
Nutrition: It’s a Matter of Fact
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. National Nutrition Month also promotes ADA and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.
For a referral to a registered dietitian and for additional food and nutrition information visit www.eatright.org.
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
LA Boxing’s 2nd Annual Summer Challenge results are in!
The Undisputed Champions of LA Boxing: TEAM QUEEN B’s!
Beth Elliot and Betty Patrick lost a combined weight of 30 lbs, 4.5% body fat, and both nearly DOUBLED their scores in all strength & conditioning categories! Great job ladies! Team Queen B’s receive $500 LA Boxing Bucks towards membership, merchandise, or PT.
Title Contenders & Runner-Ups: TEAM G&G!
Jacob Guerin and Gordan Gagliano lost a combined 32 lbs, 3.3% body fat, and did a fantastic job at increasing their strength & conditioning scores. Well done gentleman! Team G&G receives $250 LA Boxing Bucks towards membership, merchandise, or PT.
The LA Boxing Staff and Trainers would like to thank all members and especially the two teams above for your hard work and dedication. The desire to make a change in yourself is common, but the actual pursuit and will to challenge yourself is exceptional!
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Meet Jessica, an 18-year-old college student studying Biological Engineering from Central, LA. Similar to so many others, Jessica was a member of another local gym yet found no direction or motivation to make a change in herself.
Jessica began her journey with LA Boxing Baton Rouge in early November 2010. Extremely hesitant and unsure of what to expect, she was encouraged by her cousin to try a class.
Almost a year later and 50 pounds lighter, Jessica continues to reach new heights! She recently gained a Personal Training certification and is always excited to share her success.
Jessica’s story echoes so many others that finally decided to make a change. Call or stop by LA Boxing today and DISCOVER A NEW YOU!
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Santa Ana, Calif., September 1, 2011.
LA Boxing is pleased to announce the addition of world champion mixed martial arts fighter “Razor” Rob McCullough as the new director of instructor training. McCullough will be sourcing, training and certifying professional fighters across the nation to teach the benefits of The LA Boxing Workout – the gym’s signature cardio boxing, kickboxing and MMA workouts. He will be based out of the Santa Ana, California corporate office and will work directly with the vast network of LA Boxing franchise owners, general managers and trainers across the country.
Knowing what it takes to be the best, McCullough said, “I’m ready to make a difference at LA Boxing. I’d like to bring a new level of training, techniques and fun to the workouts that LA Boxing developed over the years.”
McCullough is no stranger to LA Boxing or its intense workouts. “Rob’s journey with LA Boxing has come full circle,” said Anthony Geisler, president of LA Boxing Franchise Corporation. “Long before his first fight in the ring and cage, Rob started as a member at our original gym in Costa Mesa back in 1995.” He said.
McCullough was only 17 years old at the time he joined the club. Sean McCully taught his first class and immediately noticed something special about Rob. Quickly, he transitioned into a trainer, teaching LA Boxing’s signature workouts to everyday folks. By age 19, he was ready for his first professional fight.
Skill, tenacity, respect and victory soon earned McCullough shots at televised fights, career changing opportunities and world-class opponents.
McCullough’s professional record is impressive with 19 wins and seven losses. He holds titles in International Muay Thai Council (IMTC), World Extreme Cage Fighting (WEC) and in numerous other international fight organizations. More recently, McCullough starred as an assistant coach on season 11 and 14 of the popular reality MMA television show, “The Ultimate Fighter.”