Wilmote aims high in “Get Ripped Boxing”
Rob Wilmote, 28, has a disarming smile that contrasts with his tough muscular look. He has accomplished the goals he has set for himself, he loves life and he wants those around him to feel the same way.
“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are,” he said. “Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself from all distractions.”
He started working out in 2000, when me moved from Monrovia in Liberia to Brooklyn in the United States. “I was 125 lb at the time,” he recalled. “Now I weigh 212 lb.”
At Ironbound Fitness, in Newark, New Jersey, Wilmote started teaching “Get Ripped Boxing” classes last January. Since then, he has a faithful core of students who are following his approach: “No pain, no gain.” This became the class motto, printed in the shirts his students proudly wear.
“We are like family here,” Wilmote often takes his students to work out outside the gym. “I’ve barbequed for them before.”
“People in my class come from all over the place. You work on your own pace. Every week we step up. If you just come for the first time you have to do what you can do. Keep going. Never give up,” says Wilmote.
This Liberia born fitness guru never gets tired. “In class I feel people’s energy. I see they want to go. I push them harder. I teach them discipline, stamina, how to build muscle, how to burn fat, how to define yourself, it is an intense cardio workout,” he explains.
“If you are dedicated, it pays off,” he reminds everyone around him, in class and in life.
“To all my students I say: keep pushing yourself to greatness.”
Wilmote is now working to be part of a body building competition on Oct. 27th in Paterson, New Jersey.
- Sofia Perpetua