Sevana Draayer

Sevana, a Los Angeles native and road-cycling enthusiast thrives when she "brings the ride inside". A movement junkie with a theater background will try anything once but the mainstays include cycling, yoga, and weightlifting. With multiple certifications in indoor cycling and Pilates, her focus is on power and practice - never "perfection" while helping others explore the best versions of themselves. 

 

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised right here in Los Angeles – the best city in the world

It is Friday night - beer, wine, cocktail, or fresh pressed juice?

Tough call: if it’s been a long week, a glass of Pinot Noir might be in order but I like to be fresh for Saturday mornings so usually it’s a hot sauna and lots of h-2-O!

If you had one last meal, what would you eat?

In ‘n Out Double Double, Animal Style, of course! Make it a triple-decker since it’s my last!

Do you have a favorite movie or actor/actress?

I’m a Tarantino/Scorsese type so if you want to hack into any of my accounts, Goodfellas is the correct answer (although, for range, I can recite the Princess Bride in its entirety!) 

You are stuck in LA traffic - what music are you playing to pass the time?

Classical music keeps me calm in LA traffic but if I’m not in a rush, might as well enjoy the gridlock with some old 80s New Wave, new hip-hop or my current addiction: Latin alternative (Bomba Estero, Mexican Institute of Sound, Princess Nokia)

What first got you into fitness as a lifestyle and career?

I spent the first three decades of my life as a bona fide theater geek and sports was something I avoided watching and never played. Halfway through decade #4, I signed up to play roller derby because I was a pretty good skater and thought it would be fun to try a contact sport. Cross-training was essential so I found myself engaging in this crazy thing called “exercise”. Once I retired from competitive play after eight years, the habit was ingrained and it’s been my goal to lead by example: even non-athletes can be athletic, healthy and strong – at any age!

What is one of your favorite fitness moments so far in life?

Training a former Olympian who wanted to slim down after several years out of competition. The amount of trust and confidence that was given to me to motivate someone who knew what real training looks, feels and sounds like was a huge honor. I’ll be forever grateful to have had that opportunity and strive to give everyone the same VIP treatment.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

Least favorite: Ugh! Burpees - the Devil's jumping jack!
Favorite: sigh…burpees (they're evil but SO effective!

What is one of your favorite inspirational quotes?

I like to remind my clients while we are training that it’s “practice - not perfection”. Another favorite that helps me keep it real is: “Character is defined by what we do when we think no one is looking.”
It’s not about what will garner “likes”; would my actions make my ancestors proud? 

What does the word "Sanctuary" mean to you?

To me, sanctuary means refuge, safe harbor and acceptance. A place where you are welcomed freely, openly and without judgement. A place where you are free to aspire, dream and even fail. A place to try again.

 
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