BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Are you looking to get fit but also strengthen your self-defense skills? Fighting Fit Fitness Club, which offers a variety of classes, including boxing lessons, is a hit with all genders and all ages.
Fighting Fit classes include not only boxing technique, but also cardio, strength, and functional fitness classes.
Members of Fighting Fit learn from with one of the toughest trainers in Baton Rouge, who also just happens to be a corporal with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
If you’re looking for proof, look no further than the Fighting Fit Facebook page where Corporal Ashley Gibson shares “Motivation Monday” posts proving she can “out work" more than eight men in a weekly battle of the badges.
“Boxing is my favorite and by far one of the best workouts you can do,” said Gibson.
Gibson, who has been a fitness professional for 15 years and a certified boxing instructor for 10 years, is the head coach, as well as the founder of Fighting Fit. Her accolades include USA Boxing National, Regional and State Champion titles.
Gibson was the 2004 Junior Olympic champion and has the belt to prove it. She said it was one of the only items she was able to save after surviving two floods; Katrina and the 2016 Baton Rouge Flood.
There are numerous boxing health benefits. Sparring is a great way to relieve stress while also getting a total-body workout.
“The sparring and boxing aspect of it is mostly cardio based. Everything with boxing is cardio," said Gibson.
BOXING HEALTH BENEFITS
- Enhanced cardiovascular health
- Improved total-body strength
- Better hand-eye coordination
- Decreased Stress
- Improved body composition
“We run and we lift weights to build up our stamina and our endurance to be able to last 12 rounds for three minutes at a time. So with boxing and sparring it prepares you for situational circumstances. When you’re in the ring and somebody counters you, you’ve got to be able to throw those punches back and get out of the way."
Gibson says that while boxing teaches you how to fight, it also teaches you how to recognize that even though you know how to fight, you don’t always need to use those skills that you’ve learned in the gym.
"It prepares you for the fight on a self-defense level and also creates discipline,” she said.
She added that boxing also helps hold you accountable.
Gibson coaches alongside another fitness professional and certified USA boxing instructor, Andy Pirie. Fighting Fit is located on South Foster Drive near Government Street. Classes are Monday through Saturday. CLICK HERE to message the team.
- 665 S. FOSTER
- Baton Rouge
- CLASSES: MONDAY through SATURDAY (times vary)
- CONTACT: 770-547-7421
- EMAIL: Ashley Gibson
Classes are open to men, women, and children. The youngest client at Fighting Fit is three-years-old while the oldest is 78. Instructors can help members modify the training for the level they’re comfortable.
Gibson coaches group classes but also offers personal training sessions for anyone interested in learning boxing workout techniques and self-defense, which she adds is important to learn as we get closer to the holiday season.
She shared some of those techniques on WAFB’s Get Fit Red Stick Facebook group. Join Get Fit Red Stick to watch weekly interviews with fitness experts in the Baton Rouge area.