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Friday, September 20th, 2013
Baton Rouge, LA – First opening doors in late 2009 on Sherwood Forest Boulevard and, most recently, a second location on Perkins Road, LA Boxing has quickly become an area leader in fitness, boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and mixed martial arts. A recent franchise merge with New Evolution Ventures, LLC™ earlier this year sets the Baton Rouge club in line for transition into UFC Gym® as early as next month.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Gabe Miller, local franchise owner. “The UFC Gym brand really falls in line with the structure and programs we’ve been building over the past several years. We want to be on the leading edge of the fitness industry and still offer the most comprehensive and exciting martial arts classes. I believe this new partnership will undoubtedly continue to carry us in that direction.”
According to it’s website, New Evolution Ventures (NeV) has a two-decade plus record of success in development and operations management of both domestic and international fitness endeavors. Ventures extends across countries, specialties and disciplines, spanning from New York to Mexico City, mixed martial arts to pilates, nutrition to fitness technologies. Each venture is established with the underlying goal of increasing the number of people living healthy lifestyles.
“Of course I have some nostalgia in ‘LA Boxing’ but the brand change just signifies the progression of our gym. It’ll still be under the same local ownership with the same great staff and professional instructors you’ve come to know and love,” said Miller. “But our focus remains on constant improvement in all aspects of our clubs.”
LA Boxing has become well-known for it’s unique MMA-styled fitness experience. Their signature program, The LA Boxing Workout™, is a calorie-burning group class that leads members through a one-hour routine of warm-ups, shadow boxing, bag rounds, and strength and cardio exercises.
Each club is outfitted with a full line of machines and free-weights for those looking to mix up their workouts. LA Boxing even provides specialized training through both introductory and advanced classes in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
“It’s been an amazing few years,” said Miller. “The programs we run and atmosphere that’s been created from the staff, instructors, and members has been exactly what I imagined it to be. We’re going to keep pushing forward and work hard to ensure the UFC Gym experience is second-to-none.”
The LA Boxing rebranding to UFC Gym is scheduled to begin early next month. Along with a new logo and slight change in colors, UFC Gym Baton Rouge will be filling the racks with a whole new line of apparel and training gear. Class times and club offerings will remain as scheduled.
Monday, August 26th, 2013
Overcome Your Fears!
real words by real members
By Erica Marchand
About a year and a half ago (incredibly intimidated) I walked into LA Boxing in search for a challenging workout. Little did I know I’d get that ten fold.
This place was a God send: from being my therapy, to improving my physical and inward health, and most importantly introducing me to some amazing people that I’m honored to call friends. I never had any intentions to take the advanced classes, but after the support of the instructors I yet again overcame intimidation and took a Level 1 Boxing and Level 1 Muay Thai class.
As usual I was blown away at the passion and professionalism of the Instructors and I’m now experiencing a new world of fun.
Words can’t do justice of how much I love this place. Whether your goal is to try something new, get in shape, self defense, compete, be a badass, or all of the above; I know this place will change your life as it has mine.
Classes offered are conditioning bag classes, MMA, boxing, BJJ and my personal favorite Muay Thai (held on Tues and thurs at 5:30). Try ANY class (advanced included) first time for free and take the first step to becoming a better you.
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Season 13 Ultimate Fighter Contender, 3-Time Bellator Fighting Vet , USA-MMA Welterweight Champion, Certified ACE Personal Trainer and Certified Cross-Fit Trainer Charlie Rader adds a distinct dimension to the Baton Rouge lineup. This New Orleans native and Mixed Martial Arts competitor since 2003 incorporates his extensive fitness background into exciting classes for undeniable results.
Charlie’s passion for combat sports began at the age of 5, endlessly drilling double-leg takedowns and defensive sprawls on the wrestling mat. Graduating from Andrew Jackson High with a Wrestling State Championship, Rader gained a personal trainer certification in 2002 and quickly established himself as a highly requested one-on-one trainer and group class instructor at the French Riviera Fitness Club.
Not long after his wrestling days ended, the MMA world came calling. In constant search of more knowledge and experience, over the years Charlie has trained under some of the nations most elite MMA programs including American Top Team (FL), Tap Out Center (NV), Syitong (MA), Clementi’s Gladiators (LA), and Mushin MMA (LA). Along his travels Rader has worked under and alongside many accomplished fighters and coaches in the fight industry including Shawn Tompkins, Paulie Gloves, Brock Lesnar, Rich Clementi, Eric Paulson, and Riley Bodycomb.
Over the years Rader has been able to transition an aggressive wrestling game into powerful striking. His tenacity in the cage has led him to an amateur record of 10-1 and professional record of 17-7 with 13 wins by way of knockout. Now a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt with multiple Grappling State Titles, Charlie continues to challenge himself as a student and coach with the rest of the LA Boxing Baton Rouge Team.
“Fitness and fighting are a way of life. They teach discipline and sacrifice. Two of the most important traits I feel you need to have in life if you want to be successful.”
Charlie Rader is currently teaching classes at the Acadian/Perkins location in Baton Rouge. He is available for one-on-one personal training and instruction. Call LA Boxing Baton Rouge (Acadian) at 225-341-3105 or email to acadian@laboxing .com.
Monday, June 17th, 2013
BATON ROUGE—LA Boxing Baton Rouge member Lindsay Black, 31, recently reached a milestone on her goal of personal fitness. Her journey hasn’t always been an easy one, but she credits LA Boxing for providing her with a challenge she can accept.
At just 30 years old, Black said she was afraid she was going to have a heart attack every day, somedays she even thought about it on multiple occasions.
“There would be times I would breathe in and have to stop because you can’t breathe anymore,” Black said. “You have to breathe it all out and try again.”
Black weighed 280 pounds and had reached her limit.
“I thought, ‘If I don’t do something now, I’m going to die by the time I’m 35,” Black said. “I was busting out of a size 24, I looked at that and said, ‘I can go buy a 26 now or join Weight Watchers.’”
That night, Black joined Weight Watchers and became a vegetarian. In the first week, she lost 6 pounds. Around week 3, she starting working out at home, and continued to do so for nearly 10 months.
“I was the person that never wanted to jiggle around in front of someone else, so I worked out at home until I had the gall to do something somewhere else,” she said.
Some of Black’s friends had tried LA Boxing and loved it, and although Black says she had no desire to box, she was going to join a friend to try a free class. The friend backed out, and after many attempts at finding a new workout partner, Black found her courage and attended the gym on her own.
“I was terrified; I thought everyone was going to have a friend here, but me,” she said. “But it was the most fun I’ve had and I joined very soon after.”
At the 6-month mark, Black had lost 42 pounds.
“I didn’t look at it as a challenge,” she said. “I went from eating poorly and sitting on my butt to doing what everyone else does.”
Now, Black works out 5-6 days a week, and maintains a healthy diet. On the weekends, Black goes grocery shopping and prepares her meals and snacks for the week so there is never a question about healthy food choices.
“I was never part of a gym before, and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with a gym,” she said. “But I came here, I burned a ton of calories, I felt great after, I felt challenged, and I’ve learned what my body is capable of.”
June 7th marked 17 months at LA Boxing for Black, with a total weight loss of 137 pounds. Black only has 8 more pounds to go before she reaches her goal weight of 135.
“I had no idea coming in here that I would love boxing, but I love it!” she said. “I will keep coming here until I’m 100 years old.”
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Ever train with a UFC Heavyweight Champ? Here’s your chance! Join us for a 90-minute workout session with Ricco Rodriquez at LA Boxing Sherwood this Saturday, June 1st from 1:30 to 3:00. Warm-up, shadow box, and learn Ricco’s favorite striking combinations on the bag while he challenges you with intense conditioning exercises that he used to capture the Heavyweight World Title. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Call 225-291-5269 now and reserve your booking! The cost is only $20 for LA Boxing Members and $25 for Non-Members. Only 30 spots are available for this 1 DAY ONLY event!
Friday, May 24th, 2013
BATON ROUGE — Getting frustrated with your workout?
Many gym-goers complain that despite their steady workout regimen and strict diet, they don’t see the results they’re after. LA Boxing Baton Rouge’s Professional Trainer Stacey DeJohn said interval training can give you a fat-blasting workout in less time.
What is interval training? Interval training is a series of workout activities that often vary in low to high intensity, with little (or no) rest between activities. This type of training is known to be extremely efficient in burning fat because the high-intensity boosts metabolism. It also improves your body’s ability to work at various levels of intensity.
“When you combine basic movements all into one workout, you can get a lot more done in a short amount of time,” DeJohn said.
Of course, each workout is different depending on the person and their fitness goals. If someone is in need of losing lots of body fat, they might start out with just cardio, which could be walking. For individuals more in shape, interval training could spice up their workout routine and help overcome fitness plateaus.
The boxing and kickboxing classes at LA Boxing are a type of interval training in that you are doing cardio with bag work and strength training with medicine balls or body weight.
“It’s important to combine strength training and cardio to see positive results,” DeJohn said. “Shorten your workouts, making them more intense, with heavier weights, and quick rest periods. With a hectic schedule I, personally, don’t have much time to get my own workouts. So a thirty minute, intense session is all I need.”
DeJohn said many women are afraid of using heavier weights because they think they’ll bulk up, but that’s not the case.
“You’ll actually get smaller, tighter and more toned,” DeJohn said. “When you increase the weight, you’re increasing the intensity, and you’re getting a lot more out of your workout.”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Professional Trainer, Andrew Sall, echoed DeJohn’s words, “Not only does interval training improve performance in a competitive environment but it’s one of the most efficient means of losing weight and toning up.”
Along with his instruction in the arts of submission wrestling, Sall can often be found teaching boxing and kickboxing conditioning classes for those seeking goals of weight loss.
“Interval training is the sort of workout I design for my bag classes at LA Boxing. The goal is to exert maximum physical output over brief periods with ‘active’ rest in between,” explained Sall. “We accelerate the heart rate, fatigue the muscles, and try to recover as quickly as possible between sets.”
Both Sall and DeJohn are firm believers that incorporating weights into your interval training can produce amazing results. Their clients are living proof.
To learn more about getting started with Stacey DeJohn or Andrew Sall at LA Boxing, contact a sales and customer service team member at 225-341-3105 (Acadian/Perkins) or 225-291-5269 (Sherwood/Coursey).
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
BATON ROUGE – LA Boxing Baton Rouge’s very own, Dustin Johnson, recently returned from Milwaukee after competing in the nation’s most elite 8-man Muay Thai tournament, Road To Glory.
After suffering a broken foot in the second round against the very experienced and dangerous Muay Thai expert, Muhsin Corbbrey, Johnson battled through the pain but came up short on a decision loss. Showing much heart and skill between the ropes, Johnson can walk (or almost walk) proud of his performance.
The eight-man tournament awarded $20,000 and a multi-year contract with the premier kickboxing organization, Glory. The tournament included Cyrus Washington of Saginaw, MI; Shidokan Karate, boxing and Muay Thai expert Muhsin Corbbrey (pictured) of Tulsa, OK; Muay Thai champion Michael Mananquil of San Bruno, CA; battle-tested striking sensation Jose Palacios of Fremont, CA; rising star Jameel Massouh of Milwaukee; kickboxing star and police officer Dustin Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA; national and North American Muay Thai champion Ben Yelle of Marquette, MI; and six-time kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Troy Sheridan of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.
GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier Kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe featuring one-night, 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments and 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes events with traditional, single bouts.
With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely distributed sporting organizations.
Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
In 2013, GLORY launched the Road To GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new Kickboxing talent in the United States, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.
Thursday, May 16th, 2013
BATON ROUGE—Find yourself obsessing over the scale on a regular basis? Stop! When you’re focused on exercising and eating healthy to lose weight or even tone up, many gym-goers rely entirely too much on the scale readings. Instead, judge progress through other means of measurement.
LA Boxing Baton Rouge’s personal trainer, Stacey DeJohn, said the numbers on the scale can often deceive someone who is trying to track their progress.
“I tell a lot of members to draw their focus away from the scale because it can be misleading, to a degree,” DeJohn said. “People either forget or don’t realize the differences in density between muscle and fat. A pound of fat has a much larger volume than a pound of muscle”
According to William D. McArdle of “Exercise Physiology”, 1 liter of muscle weighs 2.3 lbs while 1 liter of fat weighs 1.98 lbs. Of course this may vary due to numerous factors including race, being extremely lean, or being extremely obese.
DeJohn said people often use the scale as a tool for motivation. They may see one or two pounds slide off and it gives that person some reassurance that they are getting closer to their fitness goals. However, tipping the scale into the heavier direction does not necessarily mean you’re losing the battle.
“I often see clients increase in body weight and get discouraged. Yet, tracking their workouts in terms of reps, pace, and intensity, these numbers tell a much different story. Their energy levels are higher, their cardio threshold is increased, and they have much more strength,” explained DeJohn.
Checking your weight every morning and every night often leads to a motivational bust. “In the morning your body is dehydrated and nutrition deprived. Of course you’re going to weigh less in the earlier hours than mid-day after you’ve replenished yourself with fluids and food.”
Instead of driving yourself crazy over the fluctuating numbers of the scale, find simple alternatives to determine whether or not your fitness program is leading you down the right path.
“It’s more about what you see in the mirror and how your clothes fit than what the scale says. The numbers are not always 100 percent accurate in explaining the changes your body could be going through. You may not be happy with the scale but pleasantly surprised by the change in your waistline,” DeJohn said.
It’s important to take measurements of key areas, such as the waist, thighs, shoulders, and chest. These numbers provide an actual record and history of your progress. She also suggests taking a picture of yourself before you start your workout regimen, and then again at 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks, and compare the pictures to see the change in your body.
“Since you look at yourself every day and you’re around the same people all the time, it might be harder to actually see the change,” she said. “But once you put the before and after pics side by side, it’s a whole different world.”
To discover more or get started on a fitness regime of your own, contact LA Boxing Baton Rouge at 225-291-5269 (Sherwood/Coursey) or 225-341-3105 (Perkins/Acadian).
Monday, May 6th, 2013
BATON ROUGE—LA Boxing’s Muai Thai Specialist Dustin Johnson recently signed a contract enlisting him in one of the biggest opportunities of his life. On Saturday, May 11, Johnson will join seven other fighters from North America, in the Road to Glory tournament in Milwaukee, WI.
The tournament, starting with eight fighters, determines what single fighter will walk away with a prize of $20,000 and a contract to fight in Glory. Glory is the world’s premier stand-up fight league, featuring the very best kickboxers from around the globe.
“All of the guys in the Road to Glory tournament are world class fighters,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be hard, but I don’t care. That’s always been my mentality.”
As part of Johnson’s training for the tournament, he traveled to Amsterdam to train at Mejiro Gym, home to well-known fighters including Peter Aerts and Rob Kaman.
“Rob Kaman is the whole reason I got into kickboxing,” Johnson said. “Pretty much almost every single great kickboxer has come from Mejiro.”
Johnson was anxious to train at Mejiro because of its history and prominence in the fighting world, but he also wanted to put in the best training in preparation for the Road to Glory.
“The thing about Mejiro, it’s the most unassuming gym you’ve ever seen,” he said. “I can only describe the training as extremely spartan. You walk in, and when training starts, the door to the training room shuts, and once that door shuts, it’s balls to the wall.”
Training for the Road to Glory is different than training for a standard one-man fight.
“I could be fighting any one of these guys and each one has his own unique style, so I have to be prepared for anything,” Johnson said. “My stamina training is top priority because fighting three times in one night is ruthless.”
Johnson, along with the seven other fighters in the tournament, will be put into a drawing during weigh-ins the night before the competition. After weigh-ins, each person will find out who their first opponent is. The winner of the competition will have to win all three fights, each consisting of three three-minute rounds, under standard kickboxing rules.
“I could be facing a guy who is a great boxer in one fight and then a guy who is great with his knees the next, so I have to be ready for anything,” Johnson said.
Since his return from Amsterdam, Johnson has applied the techniques he learned at Mejiro to amp up his two-a-day training sessions.
“It’s the mentality that they take to training, even while you’re shadow boxing, you’re focused to do damage,” Johnson said. “It’s the mindset, when training starts, training starts, and you’re training to knock someone’s head off.”
While it is an honor to be asked to compete in the Road to Glory, Johnson is well-aware of the challenges that face him.
“The biggest challenge is the fighters themselves,” he said. “The best fighters are there and that’s the toughest challenge, but in my opinion, if you’re not actively seeking out the best opposition you can face, then you’re not a fighter, you’re just a pretender. I’m more likely the underdog in this, I know the odds are against me but if there’s a way to win this I’m going to find it.”
For Johnson, the Road to Glory is the test of his kickboxing career.
“I’ve always wanted to fight the best guys and be on the biggest stage,” he said. “If your goal is not to be a world champion or to be the absolute best you can be, you shouldn’t be doing it. I’ve always wanted to be competing on the world stage and this is my chance. It’s do or die.”
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
BATON ROUGE—LA Boxing’s very own, Thomas G. Webb, enters the cage Friday May 3, 2013 on the USA-MMA Stacked 3 card against Baton Rouge’s Calvin Miller at the Baton Rouge River Center. The first bell is set to ring at 8 PM.
“My opponent is Calvin Miller,” Webb said. “We used to train together at Gladiators. He’s a good guy; personally, I have no problem with him. We’ve talked a few times about this fight.We both know it’s going to be an exciting fight.”
While Webb (5-0-0) is better known for groundwork and Miller (6-3-0) is known for stand up, their skill level combined with the local rivalry is what makes this fight one to look forward to.
With a laundry list of local standouts in his training camp at LA Boxing, including JC Pennington, Dustin Johnson, Michael Guidry, George Frangie, Josh Mancuso, and Doug Fournet, Thomas is confident his team and his training regimen will end in success.
“We are the best,” he said. “We have the best trainers here. We have the best in all aspects and we are a team, we train together.”
Although locals are looking forward to seeing a matchup between the former training partners, Webb said he is training for this fight like it is any other.
“It’s easy for me to separate things like that,” Webb said. “I’ve never, in my life, had a problem punching one of my friends in the face. I express myself physically, so I’ve never had a problem fighting friends. I know that in MMA, this is a business, and this is what I do for my business. i don’t have to be mad at him to fight him.”
Webb, a member of the armed forces since 2001, has been involved with combat sports since the age of 5. Premiering in venues such as USAMMA and Gladiator Promotions, Thomas has risen through the local ranks and quickly catching the attention of national promotions. He’s also captured titles in Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments including The Houston Open, Louisiana State Tournament, and Gladiator’s Open.
Today, Webb assumes the Head Instructor role at LA Boxing’s Sherwood/Coursey location in Baton Rouge and coordinates conditioning workouts, personal training, and the mixed martial arts program. Thomas’ outgoing personality and love of the sport 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.
“The big thing about this fight is that it’s the two biggest gyms in Baton Rouge, which are pretty close together already, with a lot of past behind us,” Webb said. “I feel I have a lot to prove. Everybody wants to see who is the best. I feel I’m going to win and I’m pretty sure he feels the same way.”
To see Thomas in action, pick up your tickets to USA-MMA’s Stacked 3 by visiting www.usa-mma.org.