Monday, June 14th, 2010
Chris Underwood has opened Oklahomaâ€™s first LA Boxing location at Regal Plaza. LA Boxing is a unique fitness center that specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. It is open seven days a week and is available to all skill levels.
What makes LA Boxing unique is its method of getting people in shape. Essentially, participants work out using one of the sports offered. However, instead of fighting, the workout is done with a large punching bag. â€œWe have taken the combative sports and structured them into fitness programs,â€ says Underwood. â€œMost members have never boxed or done any type of martial arts before, and they gain these skills at LA Boxing. At LA Boxing, members are not just paying to go in and punch bags. â€œThey are actually getting a service from us. We are working them out. When they come in the class, they know they are going to get the best workout of their lives.â€ Classes are set up in a group setting similarly to a yoga or Pilates class, but here you get more one-on-one attention than is typical for group fitness classes.
All the instructors are professional fighters in their respective sports. Underwood adds, referring to the students, that the instructors â€œmotivate them, encourage them and also push them beyond their thresholds to where they improve. We have people here who have lost 100 pounds in six months. Itâ€™s crazy.â€ The average participant can burn up to 800 to 1500 calories in an hour depending on how hard he or she works out.
Classes include Boxing and Kick Boxing class, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. LA Boxing has youth classes available that are perfect after school activities. Sparing is available also for those who want to take themselves to the next level. The weight room upstairs has everything one would need for strength and conditioning workouts to supplement the classes. LA Boxing is the ultimate fitness center.
LA Boxing offers one free trial class to everyone. Memberships can be month-to-month or one or more years long. They even have a walk-in fee for those individuals who just want one workout. Underwood offers family programs, student, military and law enforcement discounts.
LA Boxing is available online at www.laboxing.com/tulsa and is on Twitter and Facebook.
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Orange officials have allowed the owner of an LA Boxing Gym to display a statue of the Incredible Hulk that was originally deemed to have violated multiple zoning codes.
In June, gym owner Bryson Miller bought the 9-foot-tall, 80-pound statue made out of polyurethane foam from a company that made 240 â€œThe Incredible Hulkâ€ statues as decorations for theaters showing the 2008 movie, starring Edward Norton. Miller paid $7,000 for the statue, featuring the Hulk in boxing shorts and gloves and now with the LA Boxing logo, and put it on a trailer in the gym parking lot. Less than two days later, Miller said a code-enforcement officer made him remove the statue.
â€œThey said he didnâ€™t conform with any of the codes,â€ Miller said. â€œHe was too big, he was too wide and he was too green.â€
Miller said his father suggested taking his story to the press.
Less than a week after a story ran in The Orange County Register and on television, Miller said Mayor Carolyn Cavecche stopped by the gym to arrange a meeting between him and city officials.
â€œShe was making every point to get me in there,â€ Miller said. â€œShe was really cool.â€
City spokesman Paul Sitkoff said Miller fulfilled certain conditions to allow the statue to be displayed.
â€œThe Hulk has been placed on a trailer, moves around and is no longer permanently affixed outside the storefront,â€ Sitkoff said. â€œIt is supposed to be stored in back at night. As long as this is the case, it is no longer in violation.â€
Miller said his business has tripled in the three weeks the Hulk has stood outside his business.
â€œBefore I got him, I averaged 30 memberships a month,â€ Miller said. â€œLast month, I got 87.â€
Cavecche said she was trying to promote business in the city.
â€œI felt it was an issue for a local businessman who was trying to do well for the city of Orange,â€ Cavecche said. â€œIâ€™m thrilled that itâ€™s working out for him.â€