Archive for October, 2011
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Friday, October 7th, 2011
Reflecting on the past summer months, our Staff and Trainers recall the pleasure of witnessing several member success stories unravel as a result of our 2nd Annual LA Boxing Summer Challenge. The Challenge, a 2-month fitness contest that evaluates several categories including weight, body fat, flexibility, endurance, and strength, allows members to stay focused and fit throughout the lazy days of summer.
Remembering the competitive nature of the participants from the previous year, we felt it was essential to add a twist to this year’s Summer Challenge: teamwork! Not only would members have to challenge themselves, but they would also have to provide encouragement to their partners to achieve the highest combined scores. The outcome of the Challenge: different rules yet the same, remarkable results!
Queen B’s capture the 2011 Summer Challenge crown! Beth Elliot and Betty Patrick claimed the victory with significant improvements in all categories. While it was evident that their hard work and determination led to incredible changes in physical attributes, it was even more inspiring to learn that they felt the greatest improvements were their self-confidence and the desire to continue healthy lifestyles.
Here are their words…
“Queen B’s” – Betty Walker & Beth Elliot
LAB: What sparked your interest to enter the Challenge?
Betty: I am a very competitive person; so as soon as I heard about the challenge, I knew I wanted to enter. I didn’t just want to enter the contest, I wanted to win. I had never won anything before. I knew that I could work hard and give it my all.
Beth: Using a group competitive setting as an opportunity to reach new personal fitness goals.
LAB: Did you change your workout schedule or daily routine following the initial evaluation?
Betty: When I first started at LA Boxing, I was just coming three days a week. And right before I heard about the challenge, I had started to go to the gym more often; but once the challenge started, it made me want to go to the gym six days a week to better myself in every way possible.
Beth: Yes, my workout schedule changed drastically. I wouldn’t allow myself to miss a workout.
LAB: Did you make adjustments to your diet?
Betty: Becoming healthy prior to my fortieth birthday was one of my goals that I had set for myself prior to the Challenge. I had changed my diet prior to the Challenge, but the challenge made me stick to my diet more. Cheating was not an option anymore if I wanted to win.
Beth: I stopped having my “cheat day (s)” and started eating more lean.
LAB: What kept you motivated throughout the Challenge?
Betty: Lots of things kept me motivated throughout the challenge. First was my partner, Beth. She motivated me everyday just being by my side in the classes. Second were the trainers pushing me to my limit every day. Third was the competitive nature of myself and my ultimate goal of winning.
Beth: The desire to improve from finishing in 2nd place during last year’s challenge, as well as the results seen throughout the challenge period and of course my amazing challenge partner and all of the trainers.
LAB: How did you feel after completing the final evaluation and comparing your previous results?
Betty: I was beginning to doubt myself in thinking that I did not do enough. However, after comparing the initial evaluation with the final evaluation numbers, I could not have been happier. Happy that I had improved so much. I did not know if it was enough to win the challenge. Then Beth contacted me with her results, and I could not have been happier. She had improved her results as well. At that point, there was no doubt in my mind that we were the winners of the challenge.
Beth: Incredible! The improvements were amazing to me and better than even I thought I was capable of.
LAB: Do you feel like you can maintain this level of fitness and reach for new levels?
Betty: There is no doubt that I will maintain my new level of fitness. I have never felt this good in my life. I still have a goal in mind that I will achieve. I have lost a total of 60 pounds since starting at LA Boxing one year ago. 20 of those pounds were lost during the challenge and I have 40 pounds to go. Can’t stop now.
Beth: Absolutely, what’s been learned during the challenge will stay with me, and I’ll continue to apply it to reach new goals.
Extra side note:
Betty: I have joined other gyms in the past and never felt comfortable like I do when I enter LA Boxing. Everyone there is always so nice and polite. No one has ever made me feel that I did not belong there. The boxing and kickboxing classes are exceptional. They have the best trainers. Also, the one-on-one private training sessions are awesome. You want someone to motivate you, the best place is LA Boxing Baton Rouge! I, never in a million years, thought that working out would become additive, but it has. My life is forever changed thanks to everyone at LA Boxing Baton Rouge.
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
BJJ Revolution competitors from LA Boxing Baton Rouge and Gladiator’s Academy Lafayette embark today for Houston, TX to compete in one of the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling tournaments in the South. Under the guidance and coaching of Tim Credeur, Andrew Sall, Josh Artigue, and Doug Fournet, team members have been preparing mentally and physically through technique sessions, drills, and live rounds. After capturing the national title for a sixth time, BJJ Revolution is expecting to control the mats once again and close the year on a high note.
Dates and Times:
Friday, October 7: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (All Adult No-Gi Divisions)
Saturday, October 8: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (All Youth Divisions and All Adult BJJ)
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Thomas Webb – Mixed Martial Arts Instructor
A Baton Rouge native known in Mixed Martial Arts for solid striking and explosive ground skills, Thomas Webb joins the LA Boxing Team as a multi-dimensional Instructor, Fighter, and Training Partner. His involvement in combat sports began at the age of 5 in Taekwondo and carried over into wrestling at Baton Rouge High School. Finishing his senior year as a City Champion, 3rd in State Championships, and 2nd at the renowned Lee High Classic, Thomas continued to sharpen his grappling abilities at the UNO Wrestling Club.
In 2001, Webb joined the armed forces and immediately took an interest in Army Combatatives. After serving tours in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Germany Thomas submerged himself in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts; training under notable fighters such as Tim Credeur, Pat Barry, Alan Belcher, and Rich Clementi. Taking center stage in prominent venues including USAMMA and Gladiator Promotions, Webb fought his way to 3-3 amateur and, undefeated, 3-0 professional records. Thomas has also captured titles in Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments including The Houston Open, Louisiana State Tournament, and Gladiator’s Open.
Webb’s outgoing personality and love of combat sports forms the perfect mix for entertaining, energetic, and challenging classes. His experience as a coach and competitor lends a deep understanding of what it takes to motivate others and assist them in reaching specific goals. Thomas is available for one-on-one training upon request.
Monday, October 3rd, 2011