Member Spotlight - Daniella B

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10 Questions With Sanctuary Member Daniella Bacci

1) How did you hear about Sanctuary Fitness? 

My husband and I were talking about starting HIIT workouts. I just googled “HIIT DTLA” and Sanctuary Fitness came up in the search, the following week we joined.

2) Where or what did you do for fitness prior to joining Sanctuary?

I was a member of Orange Theory Fitness in Pasadena.

3) What was your first class experience with us like?

I had no idea what to expect, but Brandon was my first Instructor/class experience and I was hooked from then on in (oh and super sore for the first week!)

4) Why did you join our Sanctuary family?

It’s funny, when Sanctuary came up in google search and I looked at the website, I got a vibe that this was a great place and I would find my tribe here. And I did.

5) In your words, what makes Sanctuary Fitness special?

The wonderful sense of community. Everyone knows your name, and everyone is genuinely happy to be there, all the instructors are awesome and so approachable. It truly is a Sanctuary of self care. The classes are challenging and it feels like we are all working toward the same goal, which I haven’t felt before, in other workout classes.

6) Have you learned anything about yourself since joining Sanctuary?

Yes, Burpees don’t get any easier for me hahaha!

7) What is your favorite thing to eat after class?

I am a part of the 5:30am crew during the week, so it’s breakfast which consists of oatmeal with pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts and maple syrup washed down with a cup of jasmine green tea.

8) What is the last good book you read?

2 books together:

“Can’t hurt” by David Goggins.  This book is a game changer. Anyone who is serious on changing their life or reaching their full potential needs to read this cover to cover. An incredible story and Goggins takes no prisoners.  After reading the book, if I find myself in a quandary about something, I always ask myself “what would Goggins do?” It’s a must read.

“The Greenprint” by Marco Borges. This book is all about plant based eating, feeling great and contributing to a better world. Marco goes into the Greenprint 22 laws which help you day to day to feed your mind body and soul.  This is a wonderful introduction to plant-based eating, if you want to start slow or go all in then there is something for everyone. 

9) Tell us something about you that not many people know.

At the beginning of the year, I decided everything I would do, be or attempt would incorporate focus, structure and discipline. In February, I signed up to take part in Tough Mudder.  I did it, as I knew it would take me out of my comfort zone and push me. I decided I was going to go all in with my training. I stopped drinking alcohol, went plant-based with my diet and became very disciplined about working out and running. 8 weeks on, 20 pounds lighter and Tough Mudder behind me, I now see the world with new perspective.  My life has completely changed in so many ways. (Also, secretly, I would like to take part in an Ultra marathon which is about 50-100 miles — crazy talk I know.)

10) What would you say to someone new to Sanctuary?

Congratulations on investing in yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. You are now a member of a very supportive community committed to you making you be the best version of yourself.

Member Spotlight - Art A

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10 Questions With Sanctuary Member Art A.

1) How did you hear about Sanctuary Fitness?

I saw it on Instagram and then I noticed it on ClassPass. The name & pics of the setup captured my interest.

2) Where or what did you do for fitness prior to joining Sanctuary?

I play a lot of basketball & hike. I would do that and occasionally I would lift weights but I wasn’t consistent and it was boring. Despite those activities, I was still out of shape compared to now. I have lost 80lbs over a span of 1.5 yrs and I am nowhere near satisfied. Sanctuary is helping me reach my goals in a time efficient way.

3) What was your first class experience with us like?

It was incredible! I had no idea what to expect. I saw the setup and it looked a bit intimidating partly because this was my first true HIIT experience. The format & community support is amazing. I was usin ClassPass, visiting different fitness studios all over LA and when I came to Sanctuary for the first time and completed my first training session, it left me with a desire to comeback. I immediately knew this is what I wanted.

4) Why did you join our Sanctuary family?

I joined Sanctuary Fitness because it truly feels like home. I have never felt that at a gym/fitness studio. The mindset of the community here in uniquely amazing.

5) In your words, what makes Sanctuary Fitness special?

As mentioned, the mindset and support of the Sanctuary community is uniquely amazing. The Sanctuary philosophies are #1 Balance & #2 Kaizen which is a Japanese philosophy that centers around “continuous improvement” for both body & mind which I am all about! Every single Sanctuary trainer is inspiring. They show interest & encourage me. Pushing me to reach limits I never really thought I had in me. They bring out the greatness in everyone there. I also take the Cardio Switch class after HIIT strength training. I love it.

Going from sprinting on the HIIT bike to the mat performing various core exercises is really the icing on the cake for me. Allyzon also offers 10 mins of complimentary Yoga & stretching after the class which I do. I walk out of Sanctuary feeling incredible! Not to be overlooked, the Sanctuary community exchanges high fives & fist pumps between stations. It’s definitely an exchange of encouragement. I am grateful to be surrounded by really dope individuals. Sanctuary is home!

6) Have you learned anything about yourself since joining Sanctuary?

Yes many things.

To narrow it down, I’ve learned self-discipline. Training my mind to get up for the 5:30AM HIIT class followed by the 6:30AM Cardio Switch class was a bit of a challenge but I knew I wanted this and I will do whatever it takes. So I now have a nightly routine. I have 4 alarms set - lol. I lay out my gear for Sanctuary & my work day ahead of time. Preparation is key. I have also learned how to push myself to new levels in all aspects of my life.

7) What is your favorite thing to eat after class?

I love coffee so I usually just eat a piece of fruit then go to Urth Cafe or Stumptown Coffee. Mid morning I drink a protein shake.

8) What is the last good book you read?
Relentless by Legendary Trainer Tim Grover (Trained Michael Jordan, Kobe, Wade, etc...)

9) Tell us something about you that not many people know.

I use to be an Underground LA DJ for many years up until 2017 and ate really unclean late nights/early mornings. Drinking was frequent. I work at USC doing cancer research and I love doing my part in this world to help create change.

10) What would you say to someone new to Sanctuary?

Embrace the journey. The beauty is in the process. Prepare your mind and just do the work. The benefits are plentiful.

Monthly Mantra - emPOWERment Month (May 2019)

It is emPOWERment month at the studio(s). Have you noticed? If you didn’t realize it, check out the wall in DTLA HIIT room or the glass doors to the HIIT room in Pasadena. All that writing and scribble has a purpose. What is that purpose you ask? Keep on reading to find out!

 

We have 2 questions for you to ask yourself this month:

#1 – What moves, motivates, excites, or makes you want to do something?

#2 – What do you need to let go of so you can embrace what moves you? 

Just like the workouts at Sanctuary, these 2 questions seem so simple, but actually diving into your personal answers for these questions and putting it into practice in your daily life is difficult. But why?  I can tell you that answering question #1 usually isn’t the problem. It is easy to know what you care about, are passionate about, or see what motivates you into action. You can see this in how you choose to spend your free time, or in the things that spark an emotional response inside you, or in what you do for a career, or in things that you volunteer to do that help others. We all are probably very in tune with and happy to talk about the things that move us to action.

But what creates inaction in your life? What are you holding on to that doesn’t allow you to achieve everything that you are capable of achieving or having in your life? THIS is the question that requires self-reflection, honesty, and courage. It is also the question that will lead you down a path towards positive change in your life.  

I was in class last week in our Pasadena studio, and our amazing instructor Jake shared with us his personal answers to these 2 questions and challenged us to ponder them for ourselves. His answers struck a chord for me and I really appreciated his honesty and vulnerability in sharing with us. So I realized that if I’m going to challenge you as a member of our Sanctuary crew to dig deep and reflect on these things, I should challenge myself to also be vulnerable and share. I’m learning more these days that there is power in being vulnerable and sharing who you are with those around you. I believe that one of the most important parts of our human experience is the connection that comes from sharing our thoughts and feelings in an open manner. So here goes! 

What motivates, excites, and moves me? 

This can run the gamut from simple everyday things to things and concepts that are much more personal and deep. 

Simple things that motivate or move me:

 I love shoes – always have! I enjoy trying new foods. I enjoy rooting for and supporting the underdog and seeing them win. Learning - I enjoy learning something new no matter what the topic.

Deeper things that motivate or move me: 

I care about seeing everyone with smiles on their faces having a good time. I want everyone to know they are loved. I want everyone to know that the “ceiling” of their potential is higher than they think it is. 

Personal things that motivate or move me: 

Basic financial security (pretty sure we all feel this way). Making my family proud that I share their last name. Spending my time creating things that have a positive impact on the world around me. Challenging myself to perform to my potential. That last one is the big one for me.

What do I need to let go of so I can embrace what moves me?

Here is where we all have to go deep and get vulnerable, folks. Jake said the answer to this question for him was letting go of the fear of imperfection. THIS is exactly what struck a chord with me. I need to let go of fear in my life. Fear can be a motivator just as much as it can be a venom that paralyzes you and robs your ability to move forward. Fear can be sneaky. Fear can stem from many sources in your past and can pop up in many ways.  It can come in the form of being “rational” and over-analyzing something or waiting for “the right time” to do something. It can be a fear of the unknown that keeps you in a comfort zone. It can be a fear of what other people think. It can be a fear of getting hurt. 

For me, my fears definitely come in a strain of the fear of failure. I am one who analyzes. For things I am planning to do, that can be a positive! But it can also be a negative if I look backwards and I become too self critical. I can start to play the what if game. What if I had just taken the time to do this or do that, then things would have gone smoother. What if I actually DON’T perform up to my potential? Or even worse, what if my potential isn’t actually as high as I keep telling myself it is? What then?  

I have to let go of the “What Ifs” in my life that originate in fear. I need to replace those with POSITIVE “What Ifs” and be excited to embrace the unknown, embrace discomfort, and embrace the challenges that inevitably rise up so I can experience that full feeling of POWER that comes when you are living in the things that motivate, excite, and move me. I encourage you to do the same!

 

See you in the studio!

- Zach Golden

CEO, Sanctuary Fitness 

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Member Spotlight - Josue Perales

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10 Questions With Sanctuary Member Josue Perales

How did you hear about Sanctuary Fitness?

I heard about Sanctuary from my cousin and a friend. Every time we would go out they would mention the classes and would invite me to come. Finally, I decided after about two weeks of them telling me. It was a life changing decision.

Where or what did you do for fitness prior to joining Sanctuary?

Prior to Sanctuary I would go to the UFC Gym once or twice a week. I wasn’t as dedicated as I am now, thanks to Sanctuary.

What was your first class experience with us like?

It was a great experience. I quickly realized how out of shape I was!

Why did you join our Sanctuary family?

At the beginning, I joined because it was a closer drive for me. I also felt like progress would be quicker than attending the gym, where I didn’t always know what to do.

In your words, what makes Sanctuary Fitness special?

The instructors and the vibe you feel when you walk into the studio. The way they motivate you when you don’t even want to work out or are having a bad day is really unique.

Have you learned anything about yourself since joining Sanctuary?

I’ve learned that I can push my body more than I thought and reach even higher levels of fitness.

What is your favorite thing to eat after class?

I don’t currently have a favorite go-to food but I try to have anything with protein.

What is the last good book you read?

“Crushing It” by Gary Vaynerchuk.

Tell us something about you that not many people know.

I collect Dodger bobbleheads. I started about 2 years ago and have about 40 of them.

What would you say to someone new to Sanctuary?

I would tell them that I have seen better results coming here than when I used to go to the gym by myself. There are great instructors that can take you to the next level in your fitness journey.

Member Spotlight - Irene Herrera

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10 Questions With Sanctuary Member Irene Herrera

How did you hear about Sanctuary Fitness?

I heard about Sanctuary Fitness through a friend/co-worker. It is across the street from my job so I felt that this would be easier for me to stay committed and focus.

Where or what did you do for fitness prior to joining Sanctuary?

Prior to joining Sanctuary fitness, my fitness level was very minimal. I have never really exercised in a gym setting, because I felt somewhat intimidated. However, working out at Sanctuary Fitness has changed that feeling.

What was your first class experience with us like?

My first experience with Sanctuary Fitness was difficult at first, but the trainers had me focus on what I was able to do. They had me do modified version exercises, which really helped. The class was also very FUN!

Why did you join our Sanctuary family?

I joined Sanctuary fitness because it was close to work and I love the classes. The trainers are helpful and the members are very friendly. The environment is wonderful!

In your words, what makes Sanctuary Fitness special?

Sanctuary Fitness is special to me because for the first time in my life, I have started to focus on my health. They have taught me that exercise and my health is important in life. Since starting, I have lost 15 lbs. and gained muscle. I am very excited about my future with Sanctuary Fitness.

Have you learned anything about yourself since joining Sanctuary?

After joining Sanctuary Fitness, I have learned that I am strong, I am confident, and that I love fitness. I have never felt better in my life.

What is your favorite thing to eat after class?

My favorite thing to eat after class are: salads, protein shakes, bars, and drink a lot of water!

What is the last good book you read?

I have not read a good book recently.

Tell us something about you that not many people know.

I would say that I am very committed person, once I start something I stay positive and focus on my goal. Prior to this I have never really enjoyed working out.

What would you say to someone new to Sanctuary?

I would say to someone new joining Sanctuary Fitness: Don’t be afraid or intimidated. The classes are fun and the trainers are very helpful. If you want to see change in yourself, you should join Sanctuary Fitness.

Member Spotlight - Kasey Ventura

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What is your name?

Kasey no middle name Ventura.

When did you first hear about Sanctuary Fitness and what was your first experience with us like?

I think I first learned about Sanctuary Fitness through a Google search. I was looking for a new gym somewhere close to my (then) new job and home and Sanctuary Fitness was one of the results. The funny thing is I first thought it looked too difficult so I was like Nah, not going to happen - then I went on Yelp and it popped up again. I read about some of the instructors and saw some video and I was like, I’m not trying to die. It once again come upon Groupon and I took that as a sign to at least give it a chance. My first experience was really good – I came to a noon class all confused and Jasmine was able to help me out. Alie was the first instructor I took and she made me feel welcomed and when it came to the actual workout I was surprised I was able to get through it. I came back and by the third class I was like, okay – I kinda enjoy this, I wanna try this for a couple months. It’s been more than a couple months and ya’ll haven’t made a bed for me.

How many days per week do you visit us?

At first it was about 3 to 4 times a week now I say about 5 to 6. I know, I should scale back.

What is your favorite thing about Sanctuary Fitness?

Favorite thing is the conversations. I appreciate the moments when instructors give advice pre or post class or even refer to their personal lives. Sometimes they even join in on the workout and complain and it really solidifies them as humans and not just workout beasts. I enjoy talking to other members on just the experience of being in the HIIT or cardio room and getting through it. People are genuinely nice and welcoming which isn’t what most people think is the case when they first join a gym. There’s comradery even with people you may not necessarily know but we’re both going through some form of suffering at the same station or bike.

What is your favorite post SF meal?

On a regular day it's probably a protein shake. I also really love a veggie sandwich from a local café but I'm not gonna lie – sometimes I’ll get some buckwheat pancakes because I have a sweet tooth.

What is the last good book you read?

The last book I actually finished was a celebrity autobiography. Typically, when I do get a chance to read it’s related to politics or education since that’s what I do professionally. I mostly read articles or journals nowadays.

Do you prefer cardio or strength training?

Depends on the day or instructor (kidding). Overall I would say strength since it was the start of my Sanctuary journey but I also can't miss cardio otherwise I feel like something’s missing in my life.

What is your beverage of choice after working out?

Usually a protein shake or water. I mean I’m sure someone wants me to say a beer or mimosa but I’m not much of a drinker. But, I do love a good pressed juice.


What does your perfect day look like?

A perfect day looks like me sleeping all day. I’m not a morning person and sometimes I’m not even an afternoon person. I love days that are chilly and that let me stay in bed and not worry about what I have to do next. If I had to go out – I’d enjoy a nice meal with friends talking about our lives, next steps, where do we want to go in life so on and so forth. I enjoy listening to people and having conversation, especially next to a view like a beach or somewhere in a forest.

How do you think your Sanctuary trainers would describe you?

Depends on the trainers. Some say teacher’s pet which is a complete lie. I think some trainers know that I’m a bit playful especially when I give a look when asked to do any form of exercise or anything really. Some may say I’m helpful. I know I’ve been asked if I consider myself shy but I’d say I'm a bit quiet unless you wanna talk then I’ll talk. A little socially awkward. I hope they think I’m putting in the effort because I really am trying to survive with whatever is thrown my way. At the
end of the day, I just blame Kevin for everything.

What kind of music (or musical artists) do you like to listen to when you work out?

The funny thing is before joining Sanctuary Fitness my workout playlist consisted of a lot of break up songs. It wasn’t because I was going through a bad breakup, I just really love songs about heartache – they’ve been my go-to whenever I need to hype myself up for anything. On the more conventional side of things – reggaetón and a lot of Spanish pop hits are also fun to listen to and sing along to whenever I’m trying to do a burpee.

Tell us something about you that not many people know.

SZA kissed me on the cheek once. It was cool.

Member Spotlight - Lynn Pelkey

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What is your name?  

Lynn Pelkey

When did you first hear about Sanctuary Fitness and what was your first experience with us like?

My spin studio, YAS, announced it was closing permanently the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2017, and I was devastated. Wisely Sanctuary reached out to YAS members and offered free classes through the end of the year. I started the Monday after Thanksgiving and have been going every since. My first experience was great, albeit a little nerve wracking. Here I was walking into a new gym where everyone knew the routine and I was a newbie. At the time Sanctuary offered cycling, so, I told Allyzon (who I knew from YAS) that I had signed up for Brandon’s morning cycling class. She offered to take cycling with me in the morning if I took Zach’s HIIT class at night. It made sense to go with a buddy, so, I took her up on the offer. Brandon’s class was amazing and I felt at home right away. The same was true with Zach’s class. He kept an eye on me and made sure I did each exercise correctly. I was a mess with the TRX suspension, but he was patient with me until I got it. I remember truly feeling like a fish out of water, but the instructors and members were so awesome. Everyone was encouraging and high fiving me. From my first day I knew that Sanctuary was a special place.

How many days per week do you visit us?

6

What is your favorite thing about Sanctuary Fitness?

Besides the fact that I get a great workout each time I go - my favorite thing is the community. I don’t have a lot of gym experience, so, I find myself asking other members “Are other gyms like this? Do they have the sense of community, the instructors that make you feel so special...” And every time the answer is no, Sanctuary is unique. I recently was asked if I have a “workout buddy.” No, I don’t have a regular buddy where we schedule workouts together. I like to say every time I show up to a class, I already have a buddy there. Whether it’s someone I know, or not, there’s always someone to say hi to, chat with, find out their exercise journey, encourage them, or, be encouraged by them.

What is your favorite post SF meal?

I work out in the morning, so, it’s breakfast. I hope what they say about “continuing to burn fat throughout the day” is true, or at least through breakfast. I mostly go home and eat avocado toast with poached eggs, but sometimes as a treat I’ll grab breakfast in the area after my workout.

What is the last good book you read?

I’ve (slowly) been working my way through “How Not to Die.” It’s been a major influence in some diet and lifestyle changes.

Do you prefer cardio or strength training?

I used to think cardio, but since I’ve started taking HIIT classes, I’m finding I really like strength training. I like the changes I feel in my body and the strength that I’m building.

What is your beverage of choice after working out?

Water.

How do you think your Sanctuary trainers would describe you?

I have such admiration and respect for my trainers, I’d love to know how they’d describe me. I think they would say I’m motivated, strong, improving, and determined.

What kind of music (or musical artists) do you like to listen to when you work out?

Musicals. There are some mixes that have been made that are really great for working out. Ask Allyzon for the “Lynn” playlist.

Tell us something about you that not many people know.

On July 4 2016 I ruptured a brain aneurysm in Canada. Through amazing emergency response and medical care, I survived. I’ve been given a second chance at life and I am so grateful for it.

Sanctuary Fitness Grand Opening + Pop-Up Shop Experience

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Join us on January 28 & 29th for Sanctuary Fitness Grand Opening + Pop-Up Experience. Tour the new studio, take a free class, browse the popup shops, enjoy some food & beer. EVERYONE is welcome!

Saturday Jan 28: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday Jan 29: 8:00am - 1:00pm

  • All classes are FREE Saturday + Sunday! Free classes will NOT count towards free class packs.

  • Pop-up shops, giveaways and samples provided by Reebok, Clover Juice, Olivers Apparel, Amazebowls, Chicas Tacos, Florapy Beauty, Hex Performance and Dream Pops! Note: all vendors will be present on Saturday and SOME on Sunday.

  • $4 beer specials at Boomtown Brewery located next door.

  • Discounted class packages for sale.

  • Free parking

GENERAL RSVP HERE:

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REGISTER FOR FREE GRAND OPENING CLASSES:

1) Click HERE for our Class Schedule page & scroll to Jan 28th and 29th to view class times and register for your FREE* Grand Opening classes.

*Free classes during Grand Opening weekend do NOT count towards Free Class Packs

3) If classes are full, make sure to get on the waitlist! You're also more than welcome to come tour the facility and enjoy the popup experience!

QUESTIONS?

Please follow us on Instagram @Sanctuaryfitnessla and Facebook for further updates or email us at info@sanctuaryfitnessla.com

LOCATION

718 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

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