POSTED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:39pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 3:43pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — If you’ve never heard of Bootcamp Xplosion, then you need to know up front it’s a pretty tough workout. I’m talking about seven workout stations, more than a dozen different exercises, two rounds of each thirty second drill, with just twelve seconds of rest between each one.
Those who do it regularly say it’s definitely not some 80’s aerobics class. It is challenging! And it’s no wonder. Owner and trainer Jessie Lipoma’s *middle name* could BE challenge. He’s been pushing himself since the ripe old age of eight when boxing was the Lipoma family pastime.
He tells me, "My dad and my mom…motivated me and encouraged us...me and all my brothers. We would travel to fights every weekend and we would be somewhere every weekend it seemed during the season."
But that’s not where staying fit and competing ended for Jessie. When his family opened a health club in 1984, he began lifting weights and for years competed in body-building. In fact, he was Mr. Louisiana in 1986 and 2007.
Now, after twenty years working one on one with clients as a personal trainer, he says he’s found a better way to help others. “I try to share some of my experience and knowledge with my boot campers. Muscle toning, fat burning, heart health conditioning…all wrapped up in one little 35-45 minute workout."
That’s what keeps people like Angela Rounds coming back for more. She’s a mom of three who never owned a gym membership. In fact, she says she never liked working out, until a friend brought her to Bootcamp Xplosion.
“It's fun. It's challenging.” she says. “I feel like it's a little bit empowering because sometimes I come and I watch the demonstration and I think 'there's no way I can do that', and then I do it. And I do it pretty good.”
That’s what BCX is all about: keeping workouts fresh to keep clients motivated. Angela says even though she’s been coming for more than a year, Jessie always comes up with something she’s never done before. She says of the experience, “It’s fun and exciting and always a challenge."
But don’t let the “c” word scare you. Jessie says in spite of the way it looks, Bootcamp Xplosion isn’t just for athletes. “We have athletes that train here. But it's catered toward your average person, men and women. I try to make it fun, xuz if it's fun, they'll stick with it.”
*Bootcamp Xplosion is located at 7126 Antioch Rd., off of Tiger Bend Road. Classes are held weekdays at 6:30 & 9:00 a.m., and at 5, 6, & 7 pm. There are classes on Saturdays. For more information, go to Bootcamp Xplosion on Facebook or call (225)247-7800.*