Getting to your core and more!
(805) 687-4692

3554 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Meredith Baxter

About 4 months ago, I was recovering from a broken ankle, desperate to get moving again but unclear in which direction. I’m a pretty active 70 year old woman but I’m not a fan of regular gyms and I’m not a yoga girl; a discouraging experience in Pilates about 10 years prior really turned me off, so I wasn’t inclined in that direction.

My wife suggested I put aside my preconceptions and meet with Chanda, her friend who owns and runs Core Sport. I was reluctant because I thought it was just another Pilates studio…but I gave it a try. What I thought Chanda offered me at Core Sport was rehabilitation for my broken ankle and “rehab” sounded manageable and attractive, so I entered into a one-on-one series with her to strengthen my ankle.

I felt like Chanda must have been taking night-classes, studying up how to approach my particular issues, because at my first session she demonstrated at least 9 different drills targeting ankle strength and support. It was apparent almost immediately how skillfully Chanda could maneuver me through exercises without my complaining too much. And if pain did stop me from completing a particular task, she redirected me through different positions to bypass the pain but still activate the muscles she was after…usually abs. (I think she’s fixated on abs.)

This was particularly great because the last trainer I worked with was taking me through a familiar TRX routine and some basic, standard move really hurt my knee….so we stopped. That was the end of my workout for weeks!

I really appreciated that Chanda listens…she doesn’t blow off a complaint of pain and pressure me to “work through it”, but neither does she stop everything. Chanda is so familiar with the musculature, how it works and what’s at work in each routine, that she can move into solution immediately, keeping me in the process. Pain or injury doesn’t mean the end of working out. Who knew?

In just 3 sessions, Chanda accurately identified a painful muscle condition from an old hip replacement (that had for months puzzled my orthopedist) and suggested a minor medical procedure that proved helpful. It was because she suggested further conversation with that doctor that I am looking into more remedies.

I appreciate how, as I’m slowly finding my way through some new routine, I am given excellent imagery to guide me into calling the desired muscles into play. I don’t feel lost! And although I came to her simply for ankle rehab, I feel that head to toe I’m getting stronger. I leave a session with muscles stretched, well used and sore…in the very best way!

In just a few weeks of working together, I realize I trust myself in Chanda’s hands. She is so knowledgeable and focused on getting me fit, I am signing up for another series of personal classes (I just love that personal attention) with an eye on group classes to follow…when my abs are up to it.

About 4 months ago, I was recovering from a broken ankle, desperate to get moving again but unclear in which direction. I’m a pretty active 70 year old woman but I’m not a fan of regular gyms and ...

My life has changed since I first walked through the door. Physically, my core muscles are stronger, my body is toned, and in just 6 months, due to exercise and new diet, I dropped 20lbs.

I started out doing 2 privates on the reformer a week. I saw results immediately. My posture improved dramatically. I built muscle mass. My legs, abs, and upper body all got stronger. People notice...

The smaller setting promotes focus and ease during workouts, and allows the members to receive more attention from staff. And it allows for a natural environment for people to develop genuine conne...

I just turned 60 and I believe that I am in the best shape of my life, physically and emotionally due to all of the fabulous instructors here!

Many people suggest Pilates, but I never thought exercise could cure my pain. I can’t not imagine these classes and exercises not being a part of my life. My back pain went from an 8 to a 0.

Friends, clients, and family members have all commented positively on the changes in my body. I am in better shape now than I was in my twenties, and I’m now 37 with a 3 year old child. I feel stro...

A genuine thank you to the staff for your commitment to fitness, your unfailing support, and for continuing to raise the bar in the quality of service you offer.

I had never worked with a trainer before, and I had my doubts in doing so, but I decided to give it a try. That was 5 years ago and I have been training with Chanda privately and taking classes eve...

The key to exercise is DOING it. Yes, I have exercised since I quit smoking 30 years ago, but never had the results I have had since joining Core Sport 4 years ago. I have reduced my body fat to 19...

I can really tell the difference that coming regularly has made in my strength and stamina, and yes, even some muscle definition that I don’t think I’ve had since high school.

The size of classes and the intimate setting of the studio help me feel safe a be supported by other women.

I love the camaraderie of my fellow members. They inspire me to work harder and the laughter, terrific music, and the care that everyone shows for one another is a very important factor in choosing...