MMA Gym Spotlight: LA Boxing

Angela Chustz-Parent

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La Boxing Baton Rouge
La Boxing Baton Rouge

Since opening its doors in February 2010, LA Boxing Baton Rouge has grown rapidly reaching 800 members in its edgy fitness center located at 4520 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite #110. Franchise owner Gabe Miller opened the Baton Rouge location as a place for local cage fighters to train. He also wanted to reach out to a larger community of people interested in taking fitness to an entirely different level.

“You don’t have to be a cage fighter to be a part of the sport,” Miller said. “We have more women than men who participate in some of the classes we offer. We give people an opportunity to lose weight and tone through self-defense. We cater to the working class moms and dads and those who want to be competitive athletes. We also have martial arts available for the kids and summer programs for high school athletes.”

Miller has world-class instructors, who are professional athletes, teaching the LA Boxing programs. Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Strength and Conditioning, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts are just some of the classes that LA Boxing offers.

On Saturday, June 16, LA Boxing instructors Thomas Webb and Dustin Johnson along with several students will be competing in the USA-MMA Stacked 2 event at the Baton Rouge River Center.

“Our members get to see all aspects of the sport. They get to see the technical side of what their instructors teach them, and see their instructors get ready to compete for a cage fight, kickboxing or boxing match or even a World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition,” Miller said. “The support from the members that the coaches have during their competitions is unbelievable.”

Miller has recently expanded the South Sherwood location and has plans to open a second Baton Rouge location by the end of the year.