Sam Agra

My name is Sam Agra, but some call me “Tito Sam”. I am 62 years old. I was born in the Philippines and came to America in 1985. I’ve been married for 29 years to Remy, and we have 2 children, Jeremih and Pia Joy.

 In 1995, I got my medical license and since then practicing my medical profession in Los Angeles.  I finished my Family Medicine Residency training in 1997 and currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  As a medical doctor, I see a lot of patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, that can easily be solved with proper nutrition and physical activity.

 For many years, I was involved in sports such as bowling, karate, and golfing. I was a part of bowling leagues. I practiced the art of Karate, became an instructor and a second-degree black belt of the Japan Karate Association. I also competed in many tournaments locally and internationally. I then found my love for golf and used most of my free time away from work golfing.

 Although I’ve always been involved and loved these sports, I know that I was not physically fit for the last 15 years and wanted to find a gym to get more active. At my heaviest weight, I was 185 lbs at 5’4.

For the last few years, I’ve also had back problems and pain. I tried everything from buying many different machines/equipment, physical therapy, chiropractors, massages, etc. None of which really resolved the pain. When I went to the Philippines last year, my very good friend mentioned he started doing crossfit. He said that crossfit has helped his back problems. And when I came back to America from my vacation, I searched for a crossfit gym nearby and came across Ganbatte.

I did my first intro class and was really impressed with the things I learned in my intro class. Coach Jp gave a very thorough explanation on why we do things and movement. We checked out other facilities near by,  but nothing is up to par with my experience with Ganbatte.

 I love Ganbatte because the coaches always help and encourage me to do my best. I love the camaraderie of the members and how everyone is like family.  I’m glad I gave Ganbatte a chance. I never saw myself as an athlete in my age.  With consistency and constantly wanting to learn. I can now backsquat and deadlift more than 200 lbs. I am now able to keep up with people half my age at the work outs. My back pain is gone, and I haven’t felt this healthy and fit in years. Im probably fitter than I was during my younger years.

You owe yourself an hour a day to yourself. An hour of physical fitness ( doing it correctly). I look forward to my visits to my gym/box/Ganbatte. I look forward to seeing my coaches and friends. I look forward to getting better and stronger. This is one of the best investments in my life.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar