For those looking to lose a few pounds or just tone up, reaching new fitness goals is now only a hop, skip, and jump away—and maybe a few wind sprints, some sit-ups, and a couple of lunges, too. The cardio and circuit training workout program S.B. Sweat is up and running, and the new kids on the jock block are so confident in their method, they guarantee participants will lose a minimum of 10 pounds or two pant sizes just by staying with the program.
The fitness gurus behind the kick butt boot camp are Jason Baker, owner of Fitness 805, and Kayla Johnson of Kayla Johnson Fitness. They began S.B. Sweat in April and are holding hour-long sessions at Alameda Park through the end of October.
As intense as the workout is, Johnson assures all interested that the program is for anyone looking to break a sweat. “All of our workouts can be progressed or regressed depending on the participant’s fitness level,” she said.
The workout is circuit-training based, and the pack of almost 40 participants is grouped into six or seven teams for each of the “stations” set up around the park. The stations change from class to class, so it is never the same workout twice, but the incorporated runs and plyometrics are a constant. The mini-groups are given a minute at each station; exercises vary from jump rope to lunges with medicine balls to simple push-ups and sit-ups. After cycling through all of them, the athletes are sent on a collective lap around the park. Then it’s sweat, run, and repeat twice more for a total of three complete circuits.
According to Baker, the motivation for creating S.B. Sweat arose out of necessity. “It came down to recognizing a need in the community for a program like S.B. Sweat,” he said. “We noticed that there were incredible events and programs, like Nite Moves for marathoners, but there was wasn’t anything available for an affordable, intense, full-body workout in an outdoor venue,” said Baker. “The beauty of S.B. Sweat is we don’t bind people into a scheduled program or package. We have no long-term commitments or contracts that people have to conform to. They can just come out and work out as often as they would like.”
S.B. Sweat has already been met with an outpouring of supporters; merchants such Whole Foods market, lululemon athletica, Backyard Bowls, and Elite Performance and Rehabilitation sponsor the group. The collective of backers has provided the active crew with everything from energy bars and coconut waters to apparel and training consultation.
“S.B. Sweat is proud to be community-based, and we wanted to give other health businesses in our area a chance to help promote further health and fitness to their customers. It’s really a win-win relationship for everyone that’s involved,” said Baker.
Classes are Monday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. in Alameda Park (Santa Barbara and Micheltorena sts). Cost: $20 per session; $10 with voucher. Free admission for those who bring at least two friends. For more info, visit sbsweat.com.