UPDATE: We will be open this week, but on a limited schedule. Open gym will only be available during the class times. The air quality inside the gym isn’t great as the vents in the roof have let in ash and other particles. Honestly, the air at your home is probably way better, but I understand that you may need some reprieve even for an hour. We will be programming strictly technique work until the air quality improves. Anyone from boxes that have been evacuated are welcome to drop in free of charge. Be sure to wear a mask, keep yourselves updated, and stay safe. <3 ~Coach Ninja
The SB County Air Pollution District deemed the air as hazardous (See link on the main Facebook page) so I made the decision to close. Your health is my priority and working out is not conducive to that at the moment. Please stay inside and wear a mask if you must be outside. Direct Relief is currently handing out a limited supply of masks at the Franklin Center on Montecito on the east side. Safety first.
Thursday, 11/23: 12pm class only
Friday, 11/24: 12pm class, 12-2pm open gym
Saturday, 11/25: 9am-12pm open gym (no community class)
Sunday, 11/26: 9-12pm open gym, 10:30am-12pm skills class
Hope you all have a lovely holiday!
What do you stand for?
Are you one to talk about all of the cool things that you’re going to do, or do you put those words into action?
Do you take short cuts or do you have it in you to put in 100% effort? So often I hear people talk about what they want to do, but rarely any follow through. To get where you want to be, there has to be 100% effort and focus on your part to get there. No one is going to do it for you. Ultimately, only you know what you need and want.
So often I see on social media the “final product” in the form of photos. But what went on behind the scenes of that photo? Photoshop, filters, drugs… did they put in the actual work to train intelligently and sculpt their bodies, or is it all a facade?
Take a moment and ask yourself, “What do I stand for? What am I willing to sacrifice to get where I want to be? What am I willing to do to get where I want to be?” Only you can decide the route you take. Whether you decide to give 100% or take a shortcut, that is up to you. However, own up to whatever decision you make and take full responsibility.
In the end, your success comes down to your integrity.
The October Athlete of the Month is our lovely ray of sunshine, Mr. Luis Beltran! He brings so much energy and fun to every class he attends. Not only do we appreciate his fantastic energy, we also appreciate the hard work he has put in over the past few months. His gymnastics movements are getting more fluid and stronger, and his lifts are getting more efficient and heavier. You can’t deny this man’s zest for life and fun and hard work. Congrats, Luis!!!
Here’s what Luis has to say about his journey…
“I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and graduated from San Marcos High in 2002. I attended college at SBCC for a couple years then moved up to Santa Maria for a few years. I wasn’t very active until I started college. I got really into the whole globo gym thing and did that for a few years but found myself getting bored. I tried the personal training route but found that not only was it expensive but I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. My job at Social Services was pretty sedentary so I was looking for something that would really challenge me. Fast forward to November 2011 when I was living in Grover Beach; one of my friends at the time told me about CrossFit. I remember it was a Saturday, a week before Thanksgiving that he told me about CrossFit. I was intrigued so that very Monday I showed up at CrossFit Five Cities and never looked back. I was instantly hooked. I enjoyed the workouts and camaraderie at CrossFit Five Cities until a back injury and necessary hernia surgery put me on the sideline for about a year. I rehabbed my injuries and went back to CrossFit on my own unaffiliated. I eventually moved back to Santa Barbara in May of 2014 and signed up at Fishers Strength and Health. At that time CrossFit SB and Fishers were sharing the same space. CrossFit wasn’t in my budget at the time but I enjoyed watching the classes and trying out some of the free community classes. Eventually I started losing motivation working out on my own and wasn’t working out as much as I should. I decided it was time to go back to working out at a box in group classes again. I knew I wanted to join CrossFit SB since I had already met some of the people. I contacted Naomi in March of this year and have been loving it ever since. This place keeps me on my toes and forces me to get better in a safe way. The workouts are fun and I’ve made friends in the process. I’m glad I get to call CrossFit SB my Home box.”
The average age of a homeless person is 9 years old, and approximately 20% of homeless children in our country are represented in California.
It is our goal, in collaboration with kettlebells4kids, to further our mission to bring fitness to those with financial and lifestyle barriers, as fitness has been proven to improve a child’s ability to learn, reduce social and emotional stress, and positively impact overall physical and mental health.
We also intend to bring awareness to the community that the word “homeless” does not only apply to adults, and that by coming together, we can help break the cycle of homelessness by starting with children.
Join us for a fun-filled morning with a workout for both adults and children, raffle, and a game sponsored by local favorite Taffy’s Pizza. CrossFit Santa Barbara will provide breakfast snacks and beverages, and free childcare will be provided by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Other sponsors include Alaris Fitness and The SANDBOX.
Information on how to get involved:
- If you can’t make it to the workout, go here to make a donation. Make sure to choose either CrossFit Santa Barbara or whoever else you might be supporting in the drop down menu that asks for who should get credit for the donation.
- If you would like to become your own fundraiser, go here and start collecting donations! Make sure you select CrossFit Santa Barbara as your team!
- If you’re a business and would like to donate goods, services, or money, please out this form.
- If you who would like to volunteer to help, please go here.
All funds raised will stay within the state of California.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:30am – athlete check-in; 9:30am – workout begins
CrossFit Santa Barbara – 590 E. Gutierrez St, Ste C
$20 for workout + 5 tickets, $10 for either the workout OR tickets
Community. Compassion. Care.
Every year I donate blood on or around my birthday (October 24) to celebrate another year on this planet with the hope that it will give someone else another chance at life. This year is a big year for me as I am turning the BIG 4-0.
Since I was a child, I have always had an inherent need to help others, and that need gets stronger as I get older. So this year, for my birthday, I ask all of you who read this to take a moment sometime this month to donate blood, especially for those who live in areas where a disaster has recently happened. If you are unable to or can’t donate blood, donate your time to volunteer at a clinic or some other organization that works for disaster relief or mental health. Please.
Our country has reached a critical point where we need to come together and work to resolve the lingering issues that are dragging us down the dark hole in which we are currently falling. Yelling about politics has gotten us nowhere. We are all in this together. One love.
I was SO excited when Ronnie came back to join us at CFSB 2.0! He may be one of our quiet ones (which is rare at CFSB, haha!), but he always works hard and is willing to learn. Since coming back, Ronnie has put in so much work and it is definitely showing – his mobility has significantly improved, his endurance has increased, and his lifts are getting heavier. Ronnie, we are delighted to have you back and are so proud of the work you have put in and continue to put in every day! Keep it up!
Here’s what Ronnie has to say about his journey…
“I first stumbled upon CrossFit in 2013 while browsing Groupon. My best friend and I decided to try it out to get in shape before Coachella. I ended up joining the CrossFit Santa Barbara community for nearly a year but my friend quit, and I eventually quit, thinking that I wouldn’t be in Santa Barbara long after graduation. I tried working out on my own but would end up spending close to two hours a day at the gym without really gaining much progress. When I received a notification that CFSB was reopening at a new location, it made me want to get back in the saddle. New location, same great original people, plus some chill new faces.
Since my baseball career ended after sophomore year, I had felt like I had always been missing something. Not only the workout structure but the camaraderie that came from being part of a group with a collective motivation and goal. I get the same feeling from being a part of Crossfit Santa Barbara that I used to get from baseball. Everyone at this gym pushes each other to be their absolute best; not only at the gym, but in all aspects of life. This sense of community has helped me more than just the workouts. CrossFit has also helped me really get in touch with my body. I can now feel the ways in which my dietary and life decisions actually affect my body. That being said, I am making much better health choices now.
Thank you Naomi, Casey, and all of CrossFit SB because you have been my longest friends! Thank you for this great honor and all of the great things that CrossFit SB has done for me.”
PRs and What They Mean
Last week was an incredible week. We tested your strength, skill, and mental fortitude. Everyone did amazingly. As coaches, we love to witness these kinds of weeks. All the hard work our athletes have put in has really paid off. I guarantee though that these may be the last PRs some of you see for a while. I don’t mean that to sound so sinister. I mean to say that many of you are passing from your beginner CrossFitter stages to your intermediate stages. Some of you have probably been in your intermediate stage for some time now.
You may have started CrossFit anywhere from a few months to a year or so ago. You’ve been making unbelievable progress. I’m writing to tell you this isn’t just normal, it’s expected. Much of the progress you’ve made has been from honing your technique, and of course you’ve been getting stronger, too. That’s not to say that you can stop working on technique. You’ve only really just brushed the surface of the rabbit hole of movement technique. But now is the time when you need to start really becoming aware of your body because not all PRs are increases in speed or weight. Some PRs come from moving from a once modified movement to the real deal (like moving from ring rows to pull-ups, or from incline push-ups to push-ups on the floor). These don’t look like PRs necessarily because your times are probably going to slow dramatically. Other PRs come from the difference in how you feel. Maybe your Fran retest time didn’t improve, but you didn’t feel like you had to throw up. That’s a huge PR.
Also remember, that you are your own person with your own life, health considerations, advantages, and limitations. That gym frenemy that you constantly compare yourself to (whether they know it or not) is their own person, too. It doesn’t matter if they’re making PRs and you’re not. To each their own. Focus on you, and train smart. Slow progress is lasting progress.
Much Love My Friends,