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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
As you all know, Alan Kemp runs our Classic Boxing program at LA Boxing Lake Forest. Those of you who take class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings see Alan working in the ring teaching the “sweet science” of boxing. Well, we are excited and very proud to announce that Alan is being inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame next month.
Below is the official press release – it is a great read and you will discover some terrific facts about Alan such as his boxing nick name (based on the long pony tail Alan wore in his boxing days), his Golden Gloves titles (three, that’s right, three!) and his growing up and boxing in the very tough Buffalo New York boxing world!
So read on and make sure to congratulate Alan next time you see him. And if you want to hone your boxing skills and learn the intracacies of boxing, make sure to speak with Alan about enrolling in his Classic Boxing program. Beginners are definitely welcome!
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Alan Kemp first garnered attention as a charismatic young man from Buffalo who juggled dual lives as a student and boxer. Then, as a pro, it was the long hair that earned him the nickname “Pony Boy”. But throughout it all, when the bell rang, Alan Kemp’s fists would always steal the show, earning him three Golden Gloves titles and 12 professional wins during the middleweight division’s Golden Age in the 1970’s.
Now, Kemp’s accomplishments and positive representation of the sport, in and out of the ring, will be celebrated on August 5, 2011, when he is inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame.
“It is quite an honor for me to join such a distinguished array of boxers in the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Kemp. “As a boy, I remember well the outstanding talent and dedication of many of them as I watched their careers flourish; Joey Giambra, Bobby Scanlon, Jackie Donnelly and others made a deep impression on me that I still carry today. These were men who were committed to excellence and fought with style and panache.”
Joining Kemp as members of the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 are “Baby” Joe Mesi, Harry Fuller, and Dick Loadman. Previous inductees, which are voted upon by members of Ring 44, the Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association, include Jimmy Slattery, Rocky Kansas, Frank Erne, Joey Giambra, Don Elbaum and Lee Oma.
A boxer since the age of nine, when his father Al – a former fighter and noted trainer – brought him to the gym to teach him how to defend himself from local bullies, Kemp was a prodigy in the sport. Winner of 45 of 52 amateur bouts, Kemp won three Golden Gloves titles and competed in two National Golden Gloves tournaments, all while juggling a job and his courses at Canisius College.
In March of 1972, the popular local hero, who gained mainstream notoriety for his long pony tail, turned pro at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium with an 81 second knockout of Jimmy Jenkins. Kemp went on to compile a 12-0 record with 11 knockouts before retiring after back-to-back defeats to former National Amateur Champion Morris Jordan and Olympic Gold Medal Winner and future top contender Ronnie Harris.
Not ready to leave the sport he loved, Kemp transitioned into life as a trainer, and as a USA Boxing Coach he has influenced the lives of countless young men and women over the years as he delivers the lessons that only “the sweet science” can teach.
Currently working out of LA Boxing Lake Forest in Orange County, California, Kemp may have moved out west, but he’s still Buffalo to his core, and it’s the hard-nosed attitude and values he picked up in New York that remain with him to this day, making his induction into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame even more meaningful to him.
“One day when I was about 8 years old, I came home crying, telling my Dad that the neighborhood bullies had been pushing me around again,” Kemp recalled. “I pleaded for his help. He told me that he could teach me how to defend myself, but that I would have to put in the hard work and the time to learn how to box. I agreed to do it.
“What made the next formative years so wonderful was that I got to spend so much time with my father. We were best buddies and spent untold hours together at Singer’s Gym, or on the baseball field, or at the movies. What I didn’t know then was that I wasn’t only training for boxing – I was training for life.
“My Dad was an extraordinary teacher. He had incredible patience, guiding me and eventually my younger brothers, Brian and Randy, and many other boys on a remarkable journey via the rigors of boxing toward manhood. He taught us that we must always give our best, to be humble and a good sport.
“As a boxing coach, I strive to bring some of the same passion and dedication to the sport that my father did so generously.”
For more information on the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, please visit http://www.ring44.com
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
LA BOXING MEMBER TERRANCE BROOKS GETS HIS SIX-PACK ON!!
My LA Boxing Journey began in the summer of 2009. I was always interested in the sport of boxing but never knew of any local gyms in the Orange County area that offered boxing lessons or classes. I received a flyer for the Lake Forest location on my doorstep that showed punching bags and people sweating and I thought this might be something I want to try out. I have always been into sports, both playing them and watching them, and thought this would be a new challenge for me to see how much I would like it.
My mindset before I initially joined LA Boxing was just to take a class or two every other week to mix up my boring weightlifting and occasional cardio at 24 Hour fitness routine. I walked into my first class thinking â€œOh this is nothingâ€¦I got this cause Iâ€™m in pretty good shapeâ€¦right?â€â€¦Boy was I wrong! I remember it like it was yesterday, I took Neilâ€™s boxing class and literally was huffing and puffing after the warm-up. 45 min into the class I tried to will myself to finish the class and simply couldnâ€™t. Iâ€™ve never had a feeling of me thinking I was about to pass out from exercising, to â€œThis was pretty fun, I gotta come back and do this again!â€
And come back again I did. During the first 6 months of joining the Lake Forest location I took Jessica, Neil, and Andyâ€™s boxing classes like it was my 2nd job! I would take the 1 hour classes 4-5 times a week (sometimes 2 classes a day) and would stay afterwards to lift some free weights and work on the speed bag. 6 months later I started to notice my body transform into a lean, mean, fighting machine. I cut down on eating fast food and drinking soda regularly and dedicated myself to going from 180 lbs down to 160 lbs. I finally hit my goal approx 1 year from when I joined LA Boxing and havenâ€™t looked back.
I have been a member for almost 2 years now and am a boxing enthusiast even more so than I was before. I am constantly telling my friends and family about LA Boxing and all of the great trainers and staff at the Lake Forest location. I have developed great relationships with all of the trainers and take one-on-one personal training sessions with Neil Dunn (who happens to be one of the best trainers I have ever worked with). I have learned a lot about conditioning and boxing technique from Jessica as well since I primarily take her classes over the weekend.
Â Itâ€™s never too late to start your journey to a new you, I am living proof of that!Â See Terrance’s Before and After photos below!!
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Ironically enough, Tim didn’t really have a goal when he came into the gym. Only 24 years old and fresh out of college he had been working out on his own at UC Irvine’s student gym, focusing mostly on weight lifting. When the time came for Tim to graduate and find a new gym, he saw LA Boxing opening up off the freeway and, being a fan of Boxing and MMA, went in one day to check out the classes.
The cardiovascular exercise was unlike anything he had ever done in high school sports or other physical activities. Almost to his concern, he dropped twenty pounds within his first week at the gym, another twenty within the next six weeks and the remaining forty over the other eight to ten months pairing his exercise with what he calls a “common sense” diet that keeps him from overeating junk foods.
“The weight has been slowly and consistently melting off while the muscle tone has been steadily building. Having come so far already Iâ€™m not sure how much further I can or should take it, but Iâ€™d love to have a six pack by the time Iâ€™m 25, and that may not be too far fetched at this point.”
Â Scroll down to check out Tim’s before and after photos and stats below.Â Congratulations Tim!
|Â||November 2009||November 2010|
|Waist Size (inches)||42||35|
|Casual Mile Time||12 minutes||8 minutes|
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
LA Boxing Lake Forest has added new Boot Camp classes to its schedule! And this isn’t your typical Boot Camp class….this is Boot Camp LA Boxing style.
Patterned after the high intensity strength, conditioning and agility workouts of professional MMA fighters, these classes combine power, agility and cardio circuits and drills that will take your fitness to the next level. Kettlebells, Battling Ropes, Agility Hurdles, Ladders, Plyo Boxes, Bosu Balls, Medicine Balls and Power Bands are just a few of the unique tools our coaches will be using to blast your body into high gear. If you are looking for something that combines extreme core training, functional training, strength and high level cardio, this Boot Camp is for you. And best of all, these classes are taught by our professional MMA fight staff and coaches, including Mike “Joker” Guymon and Jessica Pene, people who know how to get your body to its highest fitness and functioning levels!
Our Boot Camp classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. So if you are looking for the bestÂ MMA style Boot Camp classes in South Orange County, then the Boot Camp at LA Boxing Lake Forest is for you. See you at the gym!
Friday, October 8th, 2010
LA Boxing Lake Forest member Susan Work hits goal of 115 pounds â€“ sets new goal!!
Susan started working out at LA Boxing Lake Forest in May, 2009.Â Susan, 48-years-old and a MRI Technologist walked into LA Boxing with a goal to get down to 115 pounds.Â Susanâ€™s beginning weight – 152 pounds (See Susan’s “Before” and “After” photos below).Â
Her plan was relatively simple.Â She made the decision to keep a consistent schedule of taking LA Boxing cardio boxing and kickboxing classes four days a week and modified her diet.Â As to her diet, Susan worked with fitness and wellness guru and LA Boxing owner Holly Mosier (www.followHolly.com).Â With Susanâ€™s dedication, the pounds began to drop.
After losing 30 pounds, Susan hit a plateau 10 pounds from her goal.Â Determined to reach her goal and blast past the plateau, she decided to take it to the next level.Â So what did she do?Â Susan began adding private training sessions with superstar instructor, Jessica Pene.Â Susan added one private training session every other week into her routine.Â During the private training sessions, Jessica put Susan through a series of personalized strength and conditioning routines to optimize her fitness.Â It worked.Â After five weeks of private training sessions with Jessica, Susan reached her goal weight of 115 pounds.Â And perhaps, best of all?Â Susan, an avid and experienced hiker, can now hike all day at high elevations without any shortness of breath or the deep fatigue that many times accompany those brutal high elevation treks.
Susan wants us to know she isnâ€™t finished yet and has a new goal for herself:Â to increase her strength and muscle definition.Â Knowing Susan, she will soon meet this goal as well and continue her fantastic journey of exercise, fitness and wellness.Â Congratulations Susan!!
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Please join us this Saturday, September 25, 2010 for our GRAND RE-OPENING PARTY (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)Â Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers -Â EVERYONE is invited to this fantastic event.
There will be:
- Cardio Blasting Boxing, Kickboxing, Kidâ€™s Boxing & Jiu Jitsu Classes(8:30 Kickboxing, 10:00 Boxing,10:00 Jiu Jitsu, 12:00 Kidâ€™s Boxing, 12:00 Jiu Jitsu)
- Raffles & giveaways (50 free 1/2 hr. private training sessions will be given away!!)
- Autograph signings by TapouT, UFC fighters & World Champion Boxers (12-2 p.m.)
- And best of all, fantastic deals on memberships (savings of up to $199)!
It is going to be a great time so mark your calendars!Â See you at the gym!!
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
LA Boxing Lake Forest Member Bob Sundquist has lost 74 pounds in 8 months!Â Here is how he did it.
LA Boxing Lake Forest member Bob Sundquist joined LA Boxing in November 2009.Â Bob, who is a pastor at Abiding Savior Church in Lake Forest, CA, came into LA Boxing looking for a way to lose weight and get in shape.Â Bob walked into the LA Boxing front door one November day weighing 256 pounds!
Bob started taking the cardio boxing and kickboxing classes three days a week and the pounds began to drop.Â As Bob got in better shape, he kicked up his workouts to 5 days a week and the pounds kept melting away.Â Then in January 2010, Bob signed up for the MMA and Jiu Jitsu classes, and began learning the arts of Jiu Jitsu and MMA.Â He also worked on eating a healthy diet loaded with fish, chicken and vegetables.Â Not only did Bob continue to lose weight, his cardio, conditioning and strength increased.Â And in a short eight months, Bob went from 256 pounds down to a lean 182 pounds for a total weight loss of 74 pounds!Â Â Congratulations Pastor Bob!
It should be easy to tell but Bob is on the far left in both pictures!
Friday, August 20th, 2010
This month’s Global Traveler cover story entitled “Fit or Fat” is about how to stay in shape while traveling.Â The story features great fitness tips by our own Holly Mosier (owner of LA Boxing Lake Forest and the health and fitness online destination FollowHolly.com) as well as tips by Jillian Michaels, Dennis Grounds and others.Â The complete article appears below.Â See you at the gym!
Fit or Fat?
by Debra Bokur
You donâ€™t have to abandon your health goals just because life keeps you on the road.
The intricate choreography of business travel â€” with its dance of airports, taxis, hotels, jetlag, meetings, dinners and other professional obligations â€” can have a paralyzing effect on even the best-laid fitness plans. The result, unfortunately, can be unwanted inches and extra pounds. And since a lack of exercise also contributes to fatigue and mental fog, the consequences of not working out can extend to a diminished creative edge in those very same meetings you flew halfway across the planet to attend.
Admittedly, the brutal pace of business travel, along with the inexplicably locked doors of hotel fitness centers in the evening, can make working out an enormous challenge â€” but not an insurmountable one. Top fitness pros agree that maintaining your fitness goals while traveling just requires some strategic planning.
Before you even begin to pack â€” whether or not you belong to a gym â€” schedule a session with a personal trainer who can design a program that can be followed within the confines of a hotel room.
â€œHiring a personal trainer or yoga instructor to formulate a plan specifically for you is the best and most efficient way to achieve and maintain your fitness goals,â€ offers celebrity trainer and yoga instructor Holly Mosier, owner of L.A. Boxing. â€œHaving a trained professional analyze your specific needs â€” including the fact that your program will need to be mobile and able to be continued while traveling â€” is a smart investment.â€
Next, pack like you mean it. Since you canâ€™t count on the gym being open when you have some down time, load a workout or yoga DVD onto your laptop, stash some light exercise equipment into your carry-on and be sure you have appropriate clothing and shoes.
â€œYou can carry DVDs with you and play them either in the hotel or on your computer,â€ says best-selling author and television personality Jillian Michaels, known for her roles on NBCâ€™s hit series The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian. â€œPack some resistance bands. Theyâ€™re lightweight and wonâ€™t take up much room in your suitcase. A jump rope is another great way to include cardio in your day when you have a limited amount of time. Some hotels even have exercise on-demand videos in guestrooms, which is something to look for when booking your travel.â€
Travel days have a tendency to take on a life of their own, and that includes spiraling out of control. Dennis Grounds of Training Grounds for Life, one of Los Angelesâ€™ most sought-after personal trainers, specializes in combining cardio circuit, core training, Pilates and life coaching. â€œWhen you wake up,â€ he suggests, â€œthe first thing â€” after coffee, of course â€” you should do is take 10 minutes to stretch, do some push-ups, jog in place or do any type of physical movementt in your room.â€
By doing this, he explains, you get rid of any stagnant energy and get your heart rate up, therefore bringing more oxygen into your lungs and increasing your energy for the day. â€œIf you can find 10 minutes in other parts of your day, perhaps while youâ€™re on a break, make it a point to walk, move around and be active,â€ he adds. â€œRemember that just because youâ€™re away from your normal workout routine doesnâ€™t mean you have to put your health and well-being on hold. You just have to be more creative and give your body something new and different to try. I teach from the perspective of shifting the context of how you view exercise, and of considering what will shift you into actually doing it.
That means being motivated. Lisa H. Lollar, a Denver-based sports psychologist and certified consultant for the Association of Applied Sports Psychology, reminds us that when it comes to staying motivated, attitude can be a powerful tool. Even more important, she suggests, are goal setting and positive reinforcement.
â€œThe most effective goal is quantitative and specific, challenging but realistic and written down,â€ says Lollar. â€œIn terms of the travel situation, planning ahead as much as possible is helpful. Prior to leaving, take a minute to establish workout goals. Include why you want to work out and what is realistic (donâ€™t overwhelm yourself). Write your goals down and leave room for flexibility. Put working out into your daily schedule just as you would an appointment or meeting. Have a back-up plan, such as walking to an off-site meeting if you canâ€™t get to the hotel gym.â€
Other, specific tactics she sees as being successful with clients include writing down the excuses you may use to avoid exercising, then crossing out the excuses and writing down the contrasting reason that you will exercise; calling ahead to find out about workout facilities, classes and walking routes near where youâ€™ll be staying; and posting a motivational quote on your bathroom mirror or programming it to pop up on your BlackBerry when itâ€™s time to exercise.
On Your Toes
At the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, Texas, helping executives stay fit is a specialty. â€œWhen our clients say theyâ€™re too busy to exercise, especially when theyâ€™re traveling, I tell them they donâ€™t have time not to exercise,â€ says Riva Rahl, M.D., a practicing physician at Cooper and the medical director for Cooper Wellness, the centerâ€™s lifestyle modification program.
â€œOn a long-term basis,â€ she continues, â€œregular exercise helps prevent heart disease and other illnesses, but in the short term it helps you to be more alert and to sleep better. It helps with jetlag, helps you to better utilize oxygen and has a calming effect. Even with the busiest schedule, itâ€™s important to get creative and think about what your options are. Regardless of whether or not you can fit in a visit to the gym, thereâ€™s probably time for some activity. Consider walking to and from dinner or your meeting rather than taking a cab. In general, everyone needs 150 minutes throughout the course of the week, but this can be accumulated at 10 minute intervals. You can spend 10 minutes at an airport walking between gates.â€
It might seem counter-intuitive when your body is screaming for an early night, but what you may actually need to combat fatigue is to engage in something physical â€” even if thatâ€™s a walk around a city block or hauling yourself up and down the hotel stairs. Sleep is often the first casualty of business travel, but even if youâ€™re faced with no more than five hours for shut-eye, Rahl says that taking just 20 minutes to exercise before you climb beneath the covers will result in deeper, more restorative rest.
If you simply canâ€™t keep your eyes open long enough, set the clock for a few minutes earlier in the morning and exercise then â€” youâ€™ll be more efficient and alert throughout the day. Exercise, explains L.A. Boxingâ€™s Mosier, helps fight off lethargy by increasing oxygen consumption and pumping up blood circulation, helping to deliver more oxygen to the muscles and, perhaps more importantly, the brain.
â€œThis helps you to think more clearly and helps elevate mood,â€ says Mosier. â€œRemember, too, that stress is a major contributor to fatigue, and exercise is a prime stress-reduction tool. We dissipate the stress hormones in our body through physical activity. And itâ€™s not necessary to exercise vigorously or at a high intensity to enjoy these benefits. Even a five-minute walk will help to de-stress and invigorate you, especially if that walk is outside. Studies have found that outdoor activity helps us to release more endorphins (the feel-good hormones) than indoor exercise.â€
Yoga â€” regardless of your experience level â€” is a effective and extremely travel-friendly way to relieve fatigue, so that youâ€™re more likely to work out. â€œI think the best all-around pose to stretch, recharge and shake off any negative traveling vibes is Downward Dog,â€ says Rita Trieger, founder and editor-in-chief of Fit Yoga magazine and author of Yoga Heals Your Back. Trieger, who serves as the stress management facilitator at Stamford Hospitalâ€™s Center for Integrative Medicine in Stamford, Conn., says that beginners can modify this pose by placing the hands on a wall at about shoulder height and then simply stepping away from the wall with their hands still in place, adjusting their foot position as necessary.
â€œYouâ€™ll get a great stretch in the upper back and shoulders especially, as well as the hamstrings, two of the most common areas of stress and tightness,â€ says Trieger. â€œAlso, Triangle Pose offers a great side stretch and hip-opening element with the added bonus of massage for the internal organs, specifically for the heart. Plus, your body takes on the shape of the most sacred and ancient of symbols â€” the triangle is said to bring cosmic energy into the body. What could be better after going through airport security?â€
The pros are seemingly unanimous that applying the creative problem-solving skills that work in business toward personal exercise goals is a formula for success.
â€œOften,â€ says personal trainer Grounds, â€œwe use our â€˜very busy schedulesâ€™ as an excuse not to work out. The truth is, time is an invented conversation we are having with ourselves. Time is eternity! Either we manage our time or time will manage us. Itâ€™s important to view your workouts as a lifestyle behavior rather than something you have to force yourself to do.&rdquo
You can take your workout with you by following these tips.
- Hire a personal trainer to design a travel workout
- Pack workout clothes, resistance bands and jump rope
- Load a workout or yoga DVD onto your laptop
- Load your favorite workout music onto your iPod
- Check hotel gym times; arrange for access as necessary
- Hold business meetings while on a walk
- Skip the taxis and walk to meetings
- Use hotel stairs as a workout option
- Break your workouts into two 10-minute events daily
- Stretch at regular intervals throughout the day
- Practice deep yogic belly breaths to reduce stress and fatigue
- Drink adequate water and donâ€™t consume more calories than you burn
- Remember that one glass of wine is about 150 calories; one glass a day for a year is equivalent to 15 pounds of fat
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Our own Jessica Pene is fighting this Thursday night at the Bellator 25 women’s 115lb tournament in Chicago.Â Bellator has assembled the strongest 115lb female tournament ever held withÂ many of the top 10 women in the world, including Jessica who is ranked #5 in the world!Â Jessica will beÂ taking on Ziola Frausto.