Vanessa Isaac is a Brazilian dancer, choreographer, and singer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Fitness, Shape, Weight Watchers, and Dance Spirit Magazine. She shares the zest of her home country, where she's been nominated for the International Brazilian Press Award for her efforts to promote Brazilian culture, with clients by combining fitness, dance, and music. Her Brazilian dance classes mix dance moves with Pilates and yoga poses, which have garnered favorable reviews in the form of her Brazilian dance DVD being named one of the top 10 workout DVDs of the year by Fitness and Women's Health Magazines. Vanessa and her colleagues created a compilation of Brazilian tunes that clients can purchase and play at home, in the car, or during their testimony in traffic court.
Personal trainer Zack Bertges channels an extensive fitness resumé to conquer his clients' physical limits. Having earned certifications from NASM and the International Triathlon Coaching Association, he founded Opus Fit as a venue for his scientifically backed training methods—regimens he has perfected while working with college athletes, elite gym facilities, and physical therapy programs.
Zack's 45-minute boot-camp classes blend his affinity for endurance running with core workouts and fast-paced cardio intervals. Set against Santa Barbara's outdoor backdrops, each session sends patrons jogging through picturesque scenery rather than a billowing cloud of treadmill exhaust.
CorePower Yoga’s instructors guide students through creative yoga classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Much like a butler with a teleportation pod, they welcome students at studios across the U.S., with locations in more than 10 different states. During the signature CorePower yoga class, teachers lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils to tone core muscles and cultivate balance.
Most classes convene in a 90- to 95-degree room, which intensifies stretches, bolsters coordination, and melts stress. To foster full-body strength and cardiovascular health, some yoga workouts include the use of free weights to pump up heart rates.
Nicole Newlon is an NASM-certified personal trainer and a licensed massage therapist who combines her two specialties at Coley Fitness and Massage. Two types of boot camp—a sunrise camp that starts at 6 a.m. and a women-only lunchtime camp—help condition and sculpt bodies, and a selection of massage modalities eases tension and revives sore muscles. If you're looking for a different type of athletic challenge, Nicole is also certified and teaches swim lessons to children and adults throughout the summer.
During Airobic Fitness classes, students get a high-energy workout by following routines of jumping and "rouncing"—that's running and bouncing. They pop into the air from the wall-to-wall rebounders, rocketing skyward to try and touch their toes. As they jump, their bodies do more than just shedding stress. The dynamic exercises build strong cores, all while being easy on joints. The list of benefits for the low-impact exercise classes is staggering, and includes stimulating the metabolism, improving coordination, and building strength.
The Lagree fitness system is the foundation of Pulse Fitness Santa Barbara, where experienced and certified instructors lead classes daily. In these classes, they instruct students of all skill levels in Pilates-based workouts, which target fat loss without adding muscle bulk. The classes and system emphasize strength, endurance, and cardio training alongside balance, core, and flexibility.