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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