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Coach Ian – Week In Review: (9/27/2020)

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  • September 27, 2020April 22, 2021

Coach Ian – Week in Review:

What I’m Watching:

How to Engage Your Glutes for Running – This is a great watch on how to engage your glutes (hip extensors, used to tuck your hips) and hamstrings (for pulling the ankles to the hips) for running, making your stride more efficient and prevent injuries.

Big SURreal Virtual Challenge:

7 Miler Done! The Big SURreal has extended the deadline to finish all distances to 10/31/2020, provided that you list the dates that you expect to run each distance. Given the poor air quality and the extension, I pushed out my race dates – to spread them to the end of October!

Small Business I’m Supporting:

Shoutout to Running Revolution, my favorite running store over in Campbell. I picked up two new pairs of running shoes to alternate between in training. I believe it’s best to always have a few different pairs to cycle through as it challenges your feet to build strength and stability. As always, Chris provides the best service and they have all the tech to tailor the best shoe for you.

What I’m Reading:

Sacred Cow: Diane Rodgers and Robb Wolf – I just finished this one up and would highly recommend it as it debunks many of the arguments against going vegan for climate change or for general health.

An interesting conversation I had:

Recently, I’ve been catching up with members of our boxing, running, and fitness community to see what they’re up to! I enjoy highlighting some of the members of our community and bridging different communities – boxing, running, and fitness, so people can see a little bit of what others do. This week, I spoke to Chris Gaines, the owner/founder of PerformanceGaines, a gym in Palo Alto, CA. It will be posted this Wednesday – stay tuned!

What’s New at Dreamland Boxing

As you may know, I am currently donating my time to host virtual online boxing classes for the members of our 501c(3) non-profit boxing gym, Dreamland Boxing. As an active member of Dreamland, you will receive the materials and video recaps of each lesson through my website under the “Premium Drills” section. This week, our focus was on developing speed and hand-eye coordination drills.

Week In Review - Coach Ian Cruz, Luis Rodriguez, and Sara Koshfam at Dreamland Boxing (Left to Right)

On Friday, my drills focused on movement and basic boxing fundamentals. We had some fun circuits at the end along with a push-up and squat ladder. Our class had a giveaway for 2 masks!

Meanwhile, Santa Clara County has been upgraded to allow 10% indoor capacity for gyms! I am taking things cautiously, and am keeping my classes outdoors for the time being, but Dreamland does have indoor options to suit your needs.

Visit or email for more information on how to sign up today!