Santa Barbara, CA

Women's Athletic Club

for women, by women
Naomi Recania

Molly is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a minor in Exercise and Sports Studies. She has a passion for helping people feel good. Whether it’s your first time in the gym or your thousandth, Molly can help you learn something new. She has been active all her life starting with dance, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, which shifted into running, strength training, salsa dancing and rock climbing as time went on. Her interests include music, hanging out with friends, trying new recipes, and playing with dogs. As a trainer Molly helps clients see big picture goals and also smaller weekly ones. She focuses on functional fitness, generally combining strength with cardio, balance and power exercises. Most of all, Molly believes in the importance of laughing and breathing during a workout. Contact Molly at (530) 219-9538,, or text ‘getstarted’ to 77094 and watch the transition to a healthier you begin!  

I believe wholeheartedly that fitness is an integral part of life. It helps to shape a life that is happier, healthier, and more rewarding. Fitness and movement have always been a large part of my life. I grew up in the High Sierra (mountainous region in Northern California) enjoying the activities that living in the mountains offers: hiking, biking, and rock climbing. I was first introduced to organized fitness through the VCR's my mom would workout to, videos that championed leotard clad women leading step aerobics to elevator music. I was pretty much enchanted. In pursuit of education, dance, and the ocean, I attended UCSB and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Sociology and Global Studies. It was my love of movement and passion for dance that led me to teach fitness classes. I have certifications in ACE Group Fitness, Qidance and Schwinn Cycle. I have taught everything from spin, barre, dance fitness, water aerobics, to cardio boot camp classes. I am all about finding the mode YOU love- and do it not only to feel stronger, but because it makes you happy. (530) 591-3175

Lindsay Rojas is a group fitness instructor and an AFAA certified personal trainer.  As a talented dancer, she has indulged in choreography and participated in folklórico, flamenco and Latin rhythms ballroom dancing in Mexico and throughout California.  Lindsay has used her love for dance, fitness and health, as a certified Zumba instructor leading classes at Spectrum, Goleta Valley Athletic Club & Sino West Performing Arts Studio.  In addition, Lindsay has used her background in kickboxing and wrestling to incorporate the mixed martial arts as form of full body workouts.  More information at

Lindsay Rojas
Naomi has a passion for helping others and inspiring them to be their best. She has always wanted to be a teacher, but later realized that it was not in a classroom that she wanted to teach, but in a gym. It is her mission to do more than help people lose weight; she wants to help people gain strength and approach life with the mindset that they can accomplish goals and overcome hurdles that may come their way. Naomi is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and has been coaching and training since 2012. Her 12 year background as a competitive gymnast has provided her a strong foundation for proper movement, which has translated into safely and knowledgeably instructing clients and knowing what to look for in clients of all abilities, ages, and sizes. Naomi loves strength training via weightlifting and functional movements, and the challenge that lifting heavy weight brings. Who says women can’t lift heavy?! She is also a very silly and goofy person and knows when to make her clients laugh during a workout and when to get them focused. Exercising is tough, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!  (805) 699-6561 

4141 State StSanta BarbaraCA 93110, USA   (805) 845-4545
Molly Gordon

My interest in an active lifestyle started at an early age and has been a constant source of new friendships, achieving goals, and learning what perseverance is all about.  As a Santa Barbara native, the love of the natural resources of the area and my passion for fitness complement each other.  I love hiking, swimming, biking, triathlons and working out in the gym. One of my goals as a personal trainer is to help clients realize that they can achieve much more than they ever thought possible.  I have experienced this myself with my participation in triathlons over the last 12 years.   Starting with a simple walking program, I was able to complete  sprint distance triathlons and progress to half-ironman triathlons.  The sense of accomplishment after setting a goal and working through  challenges makes exercise a positive addiction! Another goal is to help clients realize that when they make exercise a priority, they have more energy for themselves, family and friends.  One of my greatest joys as a personal trainer is to witness my clients transformations as they embrace an exercise program and enjoy all the many benefits that it brings to their life. I have had the privilege of working with all ages - from teenagers through 94 year olds.  You can achieve new goals at any age!   (805) 705-5994

As an extremely athletic and active child, I enjoyed gymnastics, ballet, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, competitively riding Dressage and Show jumping horses, as well as trail riding all over the hills and beaches of my native St Thomas, USVI. Parlaying that energy and love of sports and physical exercise into a career occurred naturally.  After getting my BA in Biology from UCSB, I found that I really enjoyed teaching fitness, and it became a passion.  I have worked for 17 years in the fitness industry not only as a personal trainer and an instructor, but also as Group Fitness Program Director, a pilates studio owner, and I have provided local businesses with Fitness and Wellness Programs via my company, Life Motion Fitness Training Services.  Currently I have chosen to further my career by re-entering college and am attending classes to achieve my Masters Degree in Health Education/Human Movement.  We all struggle with fitness, health and body issues – no matter who we are.  I remind my clients to keep it all in perspective, to love their bodies every day, and to remember that exercise is the best prescription for keeping their body healthy. I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful people over the years, and I feel blessed to be able to help my clients live a healthier and more active life.  (805) 698-8075

Ellen Kenoss
Clarissa Kusel
Alice Huang

I have never had a plan.  I would be a hippie if I could afford it.  I have always liked being physically and mentally strong. The fitness field is something that I have been a part of since 1985.  I moved to Sacramento after college from South Dakota.  My idea of the California dream was to join a gym and spend my life savings of $600 going to bartending school.  27 plus years later, I own Women’s Athletic Club and I am the bar manager at the beautiful Arlington Theatre. I know I am a rare person in this world who truly appreciates and loves their job.  I opened a gym because I truly knew that I could do it better than what I have experienced in attending many gyms around the US.  I also had a very good idea from years of personal training what kind of environment women needed to be successful in the exercise arena.  What women need is what we all need, a place to always feel supported and included.  Also I saw a huge lack of customer attention and service in Santa Barbara.  Lastly, I wanted to give women what they deserved in the fitness world: high end, up to date equipment that did not set a ceiling for their abilities.  Taking risks is in my DNA.  This is my biggest roll of the dice.  Please come along for the ride.  I guess this ‘is’ my plan.