Josue Garcia fought to be where he is right now. He’s a trainer and owner of “Garcia’s House of Boxing” at 1477 Lomaland Dr. But it wasn’t easy for Garcia before opening the gym.
“I really enjoyed what I went through because it has helped me value things and help me be where I am today,” said Garcia.
The local boxer had to overcome living out of his car when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue boxing professionally.
“And then the management deal went down the drain. So I was out there pretty much without income. Without anyone to rely on,” said Garcia.
After months of beating himself down he started building himself back up.
“I kept on with it. I stayed consistent with everything,” he said. Garcia says he had a vision and remained optimistic. “Passing the little obstacles that life has for you. Even when they put you down. I knew that I was good at what I did because of the results that people got with me,” said Garcia.
Hundreds of people, young and old and of all shapes and sizes, are turning to Garcia to help them fight for a better life.
“That would inspire anyone to follow their dreams, anything is possible,” said Wendy Tellez, who attends one of the workout classes.
“He’s very encouraging, very motivating. I wouldn’t come here everyday if he wasn’t here,” said Zak Zimmerman who trains at Garcia’s House of Boxing.
His motivation is inspiring others to pursue their goals. “I never saw it that way. I never though oh I’m going to inspire this person. It just happened,” said Garcia.
Garcia says the key is to be positive and be good to others. “You got to treat everyone like they are your next best friend,” he said.