Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bexa Body Fitness

Photo by OHventures. Pictured are: Bootcamp Trainer Rich Klingel, Mike Evans of OHventures, and Rebecca Black, fitness instructor and founder of Bexa Body Fitness.

Bexa Body Fitness
695 McCorkle Blvd.
Westerville, OH 43082

Bexa Body Fitness in Westerville has what it takes to shine and stand out from all the rest. It's not your typical cookie cutter, shoebox gym like Urban Active or Planet Fitness, which are found on seemingly every corner you look. Unlike those dime-a-dozen gyms, Bexa Body Fitness exudes energy, excitement, and entrepreneurship on a level that makes you feel like you're right at home working out and exercising with longtime friends.

Much of that spunk comes from the gym's owner and founder, Rebecca Black ("Bexa" being a play on "Becca"), an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer and American Council on Exercise (ACE) group fitness instructor. Rebecca makes sure that her gym is welcoming to people of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life so that everyone feels comfortable and determined to better themselves. She said that everyone has that inner flame burning inside of them that is waiting to be unleashed and become larger and larger, which is why she incorporated a flame in the company's logo.

Although Bexa Body Fitness is just a "baby," having been established just under a year ago in 2011, it has already made quite a splash in Central Ohio. Much of this comes from its varied, unique class offerings, and describing themselves as not just a gym, but rather a "fitness boutique." Aside from one-on-one personal training, Bexa Body Fitness also has group training, intense boot camps, zumba (and zumba toning), and various yoga classes, among others.

Additionally, Bexa Body Fitness has become one of very few gyms in the entire state of Ohio (and one of the only in Central Ohio) to offer the newest workout craze, piloxing, which is a combination of pilates and boxing wrapped up in one bright and shiny calorie-burning package. Piloxing originated all the way in Hollywood, and is popular amongst celebrities. It is such a new concept, that Rebecca and fellow trainer Jill Forster (zumba, yoga, cardio choreography) had to travel out-of-state to get professionally certified in piloxing. The class has been creating a ton of buzz, and was even featured in a recent segment on 10TV news.

Piloxing Session at Bexa Body Fitness

Piloxing is mostly popular amongst women (which was made evident with the pink weighted gloves used during class), but is a hardcore workout that left me curious. Rebecca and Jill insisted that I give it a shot and see for myself how different piloxing is from any other workout I have experienced. I was more than willing to give it a try, as I am up for any sort of physical challenge that can be added to the Buckeye Bucket List. Plus, how could I pass up an offer from one of the very few professionally certified piloxing trainers in the state?? It also did not hurt that I had a fellow male joining me in the workout, Charlie Jones, who is a trainer at Bexa Body Fitness.

After just about ten minutes of piloxing, everyone, including Charlie and I, were sweating and panting. It was a fun yet intense workout that many women (and some men) would most definitely enjoy. I would recommend this class at Bexa Body Fitness to any woman in Central Ohio!

The real fun for me came in the form of a bootcamp class offered to me by trainer Rich Klingel. Rich is extremely dedicated to his craft, which is evidenced by his offering of the bootcamp course several times throughout the day, as early as 5AM and as late as 7:45PM. To experience the bootcamp program to its maximum potential requires more than just one 1-hour workout, like I did. However, this gave me a glimpse into the awesome program that Rich has put together at Bexa Body Fitness. One bootcamp session lasts about an hour, and incorporates a series of fast-paced workout "cycles" to keep you moving and maximize your strength. Rich said that no one bootcamp session is the same, as he likes to keep things interesting and hit different muscle groups each time.

Depending on the time of day and the weather, a portion of your bootcamp session may be outdoors (as pictured above). You will start out by stretching and warming up, then get right into several cardio and strength-training exercises. During my bootcamp, we did sprints, lunges, planks, and a variety of exercises using large tires, kettleballs, excercise balls, and resistance bands.

The workout definitely kicked my butt, but it left me thirsty for more! I was in the group with folks that have been doing the bootcamp for quite some time, and even one individual who was doing his second bootcamp session that day! Rich was a great teacher, and a bootcamp session at Bexa Body Fitness is a fantastic way to work your entire body, tone up, lose weight, and feel better about yourself!

In my short time at Bexa Body Fitness, I found just what a great workout facility it truly is. With very reasonable prices, interesting and effective workouts, and a friendly and professional staff, it is a sure bet for anyone looking to get into shape!

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