LA Boxing Member Profile: Meet Sage Dreith.
My name is Sage Dreith. I am a third year law student at San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis California. I work part time as a bartender and as an intern for the District Attorney’s office and for the Public defender. I have a huge family that I love and three crazy Jack Russell Terriers. To say my schedule is busy or that my life is crazy would be an understatement. My life is often planned down to the hour for weeks in advance. Weight loss has been a life long struggle for me, and law school only added to the stress and the pounds. I have been on every diet in existence and would often lose weight, only to gain it all back plus more. In the beginning of 2011, I weighed more than I have my whole life and was finding my size 18 pants too tight. I was devastated and really had no idea where to start.
My LA Boxing is located near a very popular Fresno restaurant, so I passed near it all the time. I never thought I would ever be a member. In the summer of 2011, we had a regular customer in the restaurant and bar where I work, Cory Moore. He worked for LA Boxing. Cory talked at great length about how LA Boxing would be a life changing experience. Finally after a few weeks of convincing, two other girls I work with and I went to take advantage of the free class we were offered. I was scared to say the least and almost chickened out a few times on my way to class. But I was overweight, overstressed and I decided to give it a try. My first class was with Shahean Eftekhar and I have been hooked ever since.
The best thing about an LA Boxing workout, for me, is the personal attention, pride, and dedication that each instructor has in getting you to your goal. Every class has something new, exciting and fresh. I feel stronger and more empowered with every workout. A personal challenge for me has always been finding the time and motivation to work out, as well as finding something that I enjoyed to do. LA Boxing has given me all those things. I took advantage of my free personal training session with Shahean and realized I wasn’t on my own; there were people out there who cared about my success and would help me if I wanted it. Shahean was that person for me. In addition the classes I regularly attend, I purchased some personal training sessions with Shahean. He drew up a personal meal plan for me, took all my measurements, and helped me set realistic attainable goals. Shahean taught me a great deal about how to work out correctly and how my diet affects my weight loss. I have completely changed how I eat. I’ve always enjoyed healthy foods but with the correct knowledge under my belt I can use food to my advantage now. I love my post work out breakfast of egg whites, spinach, mushrooms, salsa and whole wheat toast. It really is something I look forward to after my morning workout.
When people ask me what I have been doing I proud to tell them about my experience with LA Boxing. Most are curious about how a boxing gym works and are just as scared as I was to try it out. As a woman, there is nothing more empowering then just laying all your troubles out on the heavy bag. I always tell the curious how amazing the trainers are and how closely they work with everyone. The managers and staff are amazing; they know my name and make me feel welcome every time I walk inside.
Above all, LA Boxing is nothing like your typical “gym” experience. There is no waiting for machines, wondering what to do, gym rats hanging out, it is a place really dedicated to fitness and health. Next to home, and school, LA Boxing is where I spend my free time. To date I’ve lost 75 pounds and have gone from a size 18 to an 8. I’ve never been this size in my life. I’ve never been at this weight (and I still have a little more to go to my final goal.) I’ve never felt or looked better. Some people wonder how I stay motivated and keep up with my plan every day. I am honest, I have my slips, my up days and my down days, days where I just rather stay in bed, but in the end I know that I am not alone in my quest. Shahean and the rest of my LA Boxing family are just as invested as me, in my success and I know they truly care. For me, that makes all the difference. LA Boxing has completely changed my life.