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Coach Ian Cruz, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon Ambassador

San Francisco Half Marathon Ambassador!

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  • November 6, 2020April 22, 2021

The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K & 5K are GOING VIRTUAL (@sanfranciscohalfmarathon) and I’m joining in as an official Ambassador! Enter any of the races individually or sign up for the “Triple” Peaks Challenge to tackle all three. You’ll receive a participant shirt and medal just for signing up. Registration opens Nov. 2nd.

Community Spotlight: Ali Ahmed (Dreamland Boxing)

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  • August 19, 2020November 14, 2021

This week’s Community Spotlight feature is on Ali Ahmed, a professional boxer at Dreamland Boxing. Ali is the most disciplined athlete I’ve ever met – he stays in shape year round and never fluctuates in weight. In this interview, we discuss his amateur career, winning the Golden Gloves, the Olympic Trials, his diet, training during Ramadan, and adapting to the current shelter-in-place.

Coach Ian – Week In Review: 08/16/2020

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  • August 15, 2020April 22, 2021

Coach Ian – Week in Review: What I’m looking into: Levels Health: As many of you know, I’ve been experimenting with a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) to track my blood sugar levels throughout the day, tracking how it changes in response to stress, HIIT training, steady-state cardio, nutrition, fasting, and more. Well, Levels Health (not publicly available yet) has an app that monitors that data and assigns you a “metabolic health score”. It is really interesting to see this kind of data being use for athletic performance and overall health, rather than in response to metabolic dysfunction. With these analytics,… Read More »Coach Ian – Week In Review: 08/16/2020

Community Spotlight: Alex Rodriguez (Dreamland Boxing)

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  • August 12, 2020October 17, 2021

Today’s Community Spotlight feature is on Dreamland’s own Alex Rodriguez. Alex has been boxing for since he was a teenager and previously fought for Dreamland in 2016-2017. In this interview, we talk about his time in boxing and placing at the Golden Gloves, fighting undefeated pro Tony Munoz, the mental side of boxing, the books “Top Dog” and “Born to Run”, his journey into trail racing, the Big SURreal Virtual Marathon, and more!

Coach Ian Cruz, Luis Rodriguez and Sara Koshfam

Community Spotlight: Sara Koshfam (Dreamland Boxing)

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  • August 5, 2020September 19, 2021

Today’s Community Spotlight feature is on Dreamland’s own Sara Koshfam. Sara has been boxing for around 7 years and been training and coaching at Dreamland for the past 2. In this interview, Sara takes us through her journey walking into a boxing ring, having her first fight (overseas!), training at Dreamland, coaching, sparring world class fighters such as nationally ranked Alexis Gomez, and how she’s keeping herself busy today.

Best Boxing Gyms in San Jose

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  • January 1, 2020April 22, 2021

If you’re looking for a boxing gym to train at in San Jose, CA – look no further. While my experience has been exclusively at Dreamland, I’ve been at enough tournaments to see the familiar faces and programs that have successful (and long-lasting) boxing programs. Below are the top boxing gyms in San Jose if you are looking to compete. Dreamland Boxing: Dreamland Boxing is a 501c(3) non-profit boxing gym in San Jose, CA. Originally founded in 2004 by the late David “Sarge” Neeleman and his wife Maria Neeleman, the gym was named after “Dreamland Auditorium”, which is where Maria’s… Read More »Best Boxing Gyms in San Jose