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.
Stocked with strength-training machines and cardio equipment, ProForm Fitness & Training's 3,500-square-foot facility stays open 24/7. The neighborhood gym provides an unintimidating, motivational environment for meeting health goals such as losing a few pounds so you can fit into your high-school gorilla suit. ProForm further helps members transform their appearances through personal training, nutrition and weight management, and massage-therapy services.
There's definitely a barre in Barre 101's spacious studio, but students won't always be lined up at it. The studio's 60-minute, heart-pumping classes also incorporate mat exercises and cardio movements, ensuring that students blast calories while toning the entire body. For those who already know the barre choreography in their sleep, Level 2 classes are available for even more intense workouts.
BodyKind Pilates's founder and principle trainer, Jennifer McCandless, has dedicated most of her life to the healing arts. She has spent the last 20 years exploring functional anatomy, biomechanics, yoga, and meditation, and achieved a master’s degree in holistic health and wellness. Entranced by Pilates's innovative blend of Eastern and Western body-healing approaches, she then went on to open her own studio. Here, she and a crew of seasoned instructors foster a noncompetitive community, welcoming students of all fitness levels to practice the strength-developing workout regimen. The bright, private studio is loaded with sticky mats, a collection of specialized equipment, and spandex pants that magically fit everyone. The instructors conduct private and small group classes in the Reformer and mat Pilates styles, helping students build bodily awareness, strengthen their cores, and improve their posture, flexibility, and coordination.
Instructor Jodi Conroy embraced The Bar Method lifestyle while learning from and eventually teaching under its creator, Burr Leonard. Jodi then opened her own franchises in an effort to acquaint more Californians with The Bar Method's signature mix of interval training, isometric exercises, dance-conditioning moves, and low-impact techniques gleaned from physical therapy. During routines, patrons unfurl legs and stretch spines into balance-affirming positions, often utilizing a ballet bar for leverage rather than anchoring legs in recycled Christmas-tree stands. The muscle-lengthening workouts build stamina while streamlining physiques and have garnered praise from such celebrities as Drew Barrymore and Anna Paquin. The Santa Barbara Independent has commended Jodi's "clean and pleasant" Santa Barbara studio, as well as its "personable and funny instructors [who] do an excellent job of supporting each student."
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.