At Sleeping Tiger Fitness, trainees are encouraged to "awaken your inner animal" in kettlebell and krav-maga classes. A small-but-dedicated team of martial-arts practitioners leads classes and personal training, guiding students toward increased self-confidence and fitter frames.
Instructors at Paragon Jiu Jitsu & Kickboxing channel personal sparring experience into Brazilian jiujitsu, kickboxing, and boxing classes. Jiujitsu classes ease exercisers into fitness and the ability to physically overpower unmanned fire-hydrant hoses with beginner, intermediate, and advanced tiers of Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, and submission wrestling maneuvers. Fists slam heavy bags and feet pummel targets in kickboxing, which fuses Western-style boxing and muay thai kickboxing for a blood-pumping workout that, when combined with jiujitsu, makes for an MMA-medal-winning brew. Tiny tendons spring into action in kids' classes and MMA summer camps, arming tykes with self-confidence and the ability to quickly take down invisible frenemies.
At Santa Barbara Jujitsu Kai, Head Sensei Jay Kalisek and his staff teach students aged 16 and older the Danzan Ryu style of jujitsu. The martial art, which incorporates elements of judo, is a specialty of Sensei Kalisek, who has black belts in both judo and jujitsu. In addition to self-defense training, classes also include calisthenic exercises, and lessons on how to tumble without suffering injury or rolling into traffic.
Next Step Fitness' two-trainer team understands that staying healthy does more than just help you look good. Wendy Soto, Next Step founder and lifelong athlete, knows that keeping strong through nutrition and exercise keeps her in shape for her favorite activities. CrossFit Level 1 trainer and police officer Veronica Sandoval works to build her strength, flexibility, and endurance to ensure she can tackle any situation her job throws her way. With that in mind, the duo lead exercise programs that help members slim down and stay active. Members are given 24-hour access to the gym, allowing them to drop in whenever, rather than interrupting the block of time they usually spend winding all the clocks in their houses.
Within Carpinteria USSD Karate Studio—part of the United Studios of Self Defense family—fitness instructor Jessica uses her gifted limbs to lead exercisers of all experience levels through cardio kickboxing workouts. Performing flurries of punches and kicks, participants keep their heart rates up and break a healthy sweat en route to healthier, fitter physiques.
Equipment: Weights, medicine balls, kettle bells, suspension and resistance equipment
Students should bring: A positive attitude, water bottle, towel, and (optional) boxing gloves
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Before your first class, arrive 10 minutes early for orientation and sign-in. Always arrive 5 minutes early to class.