Sajan Chhetri - April 2019

Sajan Chhetri - April 2019

Meet Sajan Chhetri!

I was born and raised in, then, a small village of Baglung in foothills of the Himalayas in Western Nepal. My father was a Gurkha soldier in the British army, so I got to spend a part of my childhood in Hong Kong during his service there. After completing high school and college in Kathmandu, I left for Santa Barbara in 1996 to study Computer Science at SBCC then attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Currently, I work as a Computer Engineer for the County of Santa Barbara, and enjoy the Santa Barbara lifestyle.

 

When did you start coming to Prevail?

I have been with Prevail since August or September 2015. After going through a second surgery on my left knee I wanted to focus on overall strengthening, find causes for my injuries, and avoid them when playing soccer or other sports and outdoor activities.

 

What impact has training at Prevail made in your life?

It was quite clear after joining Prevail that I was able to build back my confidence while playing soccer. I wanted to continue with Prevail’s exercise routines focused on building strength while maintaining correct body postures. This has helped me rid of nagging desk job related discomforts and allowed me to maintain overall physical wellbeing, which in turn developed into positive daily habits to overcome stresses at work and play to enjoy life as a whole.

 

Do you have any words of encouragement or tips for somebody new to exercise (or restarting)?

Act to motivate yourself for a workout no matter how you feel. You have access to a group of very knowledgeable coaches to fine tune the exercise routines according to your needs. In no time, you will feel stronger, rejuvenated and ready to take on what life has to throw at you.

 

What are your hobbies?

Playing football (soccer), traveling, trekking in the Himalayas, learning about nature, culture, history, art, architecture and traditions of the people. I volunteer in various capacities for a local Santa Barbara based humanitarian organization, Direct Relief. It is more of a passion to help an organization that has been very effective on helping many countries and people around the world, including the people of Nepal.

 

What is your favorite movement/exercise?

My favorite movements have changed over time. Currently I enjoy pull-ups as I have made progress on keeping my form and gaining strength. Another favorite is trap-bar deadlifts. I have tried to like Bear Crawls over the years but it has not yet become my favorite; sometimes all it takes to inspire myself is to be mindful that it is good for me.

 

Any additional comments you would like to share?

I have had many gym memberships over the years yet I have found the most success at Prevail Conditioning; Not only in terms of physical wellbeing but also in mental clarity, focus and confidence building. The coaches at Prevail have changed my life to be richer in those aspects, my special thanks to Ali Barbeau, Josiah Taylor, Diego Garcia and Peter Blumert.

 

(Sajan: The picture on the left is during the 12pm Metabolic class at Prevail. The middle and right pictures are from a visit to the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang, Nepal - May 2016)



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