Meet your Neighbor: Lucas Sabedra

Meet Lucas Sabedra! Lucas is a Chesterton native and local business owner of Classic Bodyworks Gym in Portage, Indiana. (Which he owns with his father, Al Sabedra). He is an avid Dunes goer, family man, and Chesterton High School soccer coach! Not only does he promote the healthy lifestyle, but he lives it! Lucas completed his first Ironman Triathlon in 2014 and continues to run, bike and swim in races and his free time. When the weather isn’t nice enough for him to hit the pavement or sand, he trains in his home garage gym “The Pain Cave”. 

What brought you to the dunes? Ever since I was a kid, my parents would bring me to Mt. Baldy. That was my favorite place in the world. As I have grown older, I have joined my love for the dunes with trail running.

How long have you lived here? We moved to the Region from Chicago when I was 2 years old.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? My favorite part of this area is the hiking/running trails (Trails 8-10). I enjoy taking my two dogs, Lucy and Penny, and letting them run wild while I try to keep up.

Tell us a secret about the dunes. If you give it 15 minutes, the dunes can alleviate all stresses and worries that cloud your brain!

Give us your top three “hidden treasures” (restaurant, shop, trail, beach, event…really anything!)

a) Trails 8-10

b) Panini Panini  – in Michigan City

c) Porter’s Perfect Pint

What would you like to teach people about the dunes? I have taken many people out to the trails for a walk or a run. Most of them have never been out there. Trail 8 on the right day can be absolutely meditating. I take the Chesterton boys soccer team out there for a grueling summer conditioning workout or I take my wife, Ashley, for a nice stroll to unwind. Most of us don’t spend enough time outside. We are only given a small window of time where we can enjoy such an amazing landmark in our area. Most people either forget about the natural beauty or they have never given it a chance. I’m generally happier when I spend more time at the dunes!

Anything else? When the weather isn’t cooperating to exercise at the Dunes, come on in for a tour of our Gym! We are 24 hour access, free babysitting, free group fitness classes and a highly certified personal training staff. I would love to meet you and show you around!