Sue’s free fitness classes are held at the Salvation Army facilities at 4849 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara every Monday night from 5:45pm to 7pm (see website). McDonald Fitness is owned by Sue McDonald, a certified personal trainer (NASM), certified P90X trainer, Independent Team Beachbody Coach, and elite masters track and field athlete (going for an American and world record this year). Sue creates fun and entertaining health, fitness and nutrition groups (both online and live) to promote teamwork, friendship, motivation and support to help each other achieve goal-oriented results. Sue teaches the only P90X program in the area. P90X is a 90-day fitness and nutrition program created by Beachbody that involves strength training, cardio, martial arts, stretching and yoga. P90X is the # 1-selling extreme home fitness program in the world, with 1.2 million videos posted to YouTube by satisfied customers and 470,000 Facebook fans. As a Team Beachbody Coach, Sue is a distributor of all Beachbody products such as Shakeology, a superfood meal replacement drink, and home fitness programs like P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, etc.

Sue also provides one-on-one, small group and sports-related personal training to people in the local community. Sue is a stand-out motivator who is an inspiration to people who come into contact with her. Sue also dedicates her time in helping local corporations with launching customized and personalized wellness programs incorporating fitness, health, fun competition and teamwork. Sue’s mission is to promote health and well being through discovery, learning, and engagement in the study and practice of physical activity and nutrition.

Sue is on the board of directors of the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation (, a local non-profit providing overall support for American female track and field athletes competing in the heptathlon. Sue is dedicating her training this year to try to break the American and world record in the high jump (age 50-54). Sue trains with the WAPF’s athletes and is coached in the high jump by founding director, Josh Priester and performs her strength training exercises with Peter Blumert of Prevail Conditioning.

Sue is a mother of three (Chiara, 19, Nicolas, 9 and Cruz, 7) and lives in Goleta. After graduating from the Women’s Economic Ventures Self-employment Training course 4 years ago, Sue and her husband, Michael opened Zizzo’s Coffee in Goleta, the only full-service drive-thru coffee shop in the South Santa Barbara County. Today, Sue is owner and general manager of Zizzo’s Coffee in addition to her career as a personal trainer and Team Beachbody Coach. Sue says, “I am so grateful to have found a dual career where I am able to meet so many people in our community and rewarded by receiving so much satisfaction from making a difference in people’s lives”.

If you would like more information about Sue McDonald or to set up an interview with Sue, please call her at (805) 637-6951 or email


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