Santa Barbara, CA

Women's Athletic Club

WAC
for women, by women
Shevon Hoover
I believe in self-care, self-love, and that health and wellness go beyond your workout. I strive to make fitness fun, accessible, and effective because your workout should never be a punishment! I developed my love for health and wellness starting in high school, participating in both Tennis and Lacrosse. High school is also where I took my first psychology class, which inspired me to pursue an education, and one day a career in the field. I love connecting with people and helping them live their best life. I've been doing yoga and pilates for years, and love any activity that includes being outdoors. Despite this, a healthful, active lifestyle has not always come easily to me. It is through my own struggles to find balance in my health management that I was able to explore the complex emotions and experiences that come with establishing a health and wellness routine.  I hope that though my personal experiences and education that I can help guide others through their own challenges. I understand what it is like to feel like living a truly healthy lifestyle is impossible, but the good news is that there is no one "right" way to live it! In my classes I hope to create a safe space to explore, create, laugh, discover, and grow as a community of amazing people. slkrahn1@gmail.com

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, molly1gordon@gmail.com, or text ‘getstarted’ to 77094 and watch the transition to a healthier you begin!  

Shannon Krahn

I grew up in San Diego and started competing in sports at a very early age.  At 6 years old I was that nerdy kid who woke up early, turned on the TV, and had my chair ready to workout with Jack LaLanne.  I knew then this was something I wanted to do the rest of my life.  I played and coached softball at the college, national and international levels. While coaching softball, I began personal training part time and found a passion for helping individuals set and achieve fitness goals. I’ve been a personal trainer for over 20 years. My motto is Train Hard & Train Happy! Whether training one-one-one, with a partner, in small groups, or receiving nutritional counseling, my clients gain new levels of confidence that spill over into their personal and professional lives.  My focus is Core Functional Training, Golf Fitness, Weight Management, and Wedding Bootcamp Training. Clients come to me with all levels of fitness and readiness to train -- and I meet them where they are. I listen to their stories and their dreams, I assess their current level of functioning and fitness, I help them set realistic goals, and I coach them to success. I’ve worked with professional athletes and people who have never worked out at a gym. I’ve trained celebrities and I’ve trained cancer patients and cancer survivors who are reclaiming their lives. I’ve trained corporate executives, stay-at-home-parents, and their teenage children! Every client brings a unique life story and personal goals. My greatest joy is helping them succeed. And when I’m not training, you’ll find me golfing, playing tennis, working out, kayaking, biking, playing my guitar, acting, dog walking, and hanging out with friends. Come train with me! Train Hard & Train Happy!   yogi@yogisfitness.com   805-409-3323   yogisfitness.com 


Yogi Johnson
Shevon prides herself on my strong work ethic, being a fitness enthusiast and a mom.  Born and raised in Santa Barbara, my memories of being introduced to exercise was through my mom's "Buns of Steel" VHS tapes and going to the track to run with my dad.  I was always active in high school playing various sports and moved to the DC Metro Area for 3 years after graduating. After another year spent in Texas to finish up school, I decided to come home and stay put.  After the birth of my two children I participated in a 12-week fitness challenge that I won!  From that experience, it planted a seed and I realized that transformations truly come from within.  In order to change your fitness level, you must first strengthen and conquer the mind. I was hooked on health and fitness from that point on.  I even competed in a bikini body building competition to test my limits.  Always struggling with my own body image, my focus is not so much one's aesthetics but more about what the body can do. 
One of my goals as a trainer is to help one realize the strength that comes from within.  Your strength and accomplishments are my joy!  My passion is to be a trainer who uplifts and inspires those to reach outside of their comfort zones.  There is nothing more beautiful that a woman who is confidently and authentically herself.  And I aim to bring that out of everyone whose path I cross. shevonhooversb@gmail.com (805) 280-1245

Clarissa Kusel

Christina is a certified spinning and 200 hr RYT yoga instructor. She grew up in San Diego where she lead an active childhood playing sports such as softball and basketball. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Christina is a competitive triathlete with multiple age group wins. In 2017 she competed in the USAT Olympic Age Group National Championships. in 2018, she will travel to South Africa to compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2011 with her husband and is a mom to 4 year old twin boys.

Molly Gruenberg
Deborah McGowan

My background has been in the arts.  As a child, I studied ballet, tap, jazz and piano.  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Fine Arts in Toronto, Canada, went to England to complete my study of Benesh notation, and worked with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet for 10 years as the company dance notator. Since I moved to Santa Barbara, I have been teaching ballet technique, repertoire and Benesh notation at various dance studios. I became very interested in Pilates when I realized the benefits to injured dancers. In 1996 I enrolled in the certification program with Rael Isacowitz through Body Arts and Science International (BASI).  I received my certification the following year and have been teaching Pilates ever since. While teaching, I focus on proper alignment as I believe that is fundamental to working safely without injury. Pilates can be a calm and meditative workout, as well as being a challenging one and I like to combine both in my classes.  I am happy working with all ages, and all levels of fitness.  I tailor my classes to the needs of the participants.                              

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 lindsayrojas.zumba.com

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  clarissakusel@gmail.com

Lindsay Rojas
4141 State StSanta BarbaraCA 93110, USA   wac@womensathleticclub.net   (805) 845-4545
Molly Gordon
Dani
Tervo-Schiffman

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   ellenkenoss@gmail.com

I was 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.  lifemotion@cox.net  (805) 698-8075

Ellen Kenoss
Christina Ekonomi
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.

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