Our newly expanded and remodeled fitness center includes a complete indoor/outdoor gym with free weights and weight machines, a cardio room, and a private pilates & yoga studio.

The cardio room has beautiful views of our tennis courts and surrounding mountains and includes state of the art equipment from Star Trac, each with individual TV’s and music stations.Our indoor/outdoor workout area is spacious and airy, overlooks our pool area, and includes the latest line of Star Trac resistance equipment, cable machines, balls, bands and everything necessary for a full body workout. Our new Pilates and Yoga studio is large and private with bamboo flooring throughout, and accommodates our group classes and private pilates sessions.

  • Strength Happens
    • The Strength Happens Program

      Our unique design is effective for every client’s current condition regardless of age, gender, or ability, thus allowing to achieve personal health and fitness goals and enabling you to live your life to the fullest.

      In the Strength Happens program, the mind and body both are forced to adapt to different stimulus ensuring continual results. Throughout the year, it utilizes many forms of training, including plyometric, speed and agility training, power and strength, as well as balance and mobility exercises. Through the seasons, you'll see how the Strength Happens drives physical improvements aerobically, in your balance, your strength and power, your speed, and your endurance. Mentally, you will also notice improvements in your focus, sense of well being and outlook.

      In a typical Strength Happens work out, you perform a cardio warm up, dynamic active stretches, tissue work, and movement prep. Then you move into the first circuit of plyometric and ballistic movements, followed by strength and power movements. You finish up with strength endurance and anaerobic threshold work.

  • Meet the Team
    • Mike Claytor

      Owner, Head Trainer, C.P.T.

      Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mike Claytor moved to Santa Barbara in 1998 to advance his education, where he received a degree in business and finance with a minor in kinesiology. Additionally, he earned certificates as a personal trainer through ISSA, a USAT triathlon coach, and an EMT. Upon graduation, Mike worked in a variety of training and rehabilitation centers, learning from some of the most respected experts in the industry. In 2006, his passion for fitness translated into creating a state-of-the-art facility - SB Training.

      Mike built SB Training intent on sharing with the community of Santa Barbara his unique training concepts, principles, and core values. Personally, he began competing in triathlons, mountain bike racing, power lifting, and Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Through the combination of academic knowledge and practical experience in training and competition, he is highly qualified to coach and motivate his own clients, and athletes.

      Mike strongly believes that a varied, well-rounded fitness program is the best way to get and stay healthy. During the decade Mike has owned SB Training, he has used this philosophy as a guiding principle for the development of Strength Happens, the unique method for helping people become more fit and healthier. Strength Happens has helped hundreds of people attain their goals: from being better able to deal with the physical needs of daily life, to achieving more satisfying results as they challenge themselves in recreational and competitive sports.

      Now known as one of Santa Barbara’s premier personal trainers, Mike will continue to share his love for fitness with his clients and staff, whom he personally trains in the Strength Happens philosophy and method. Mike is a motivator. He works to inspire the people around him by practicing the disciplines he teaches. As he has often been quoted saying, "You get back what you put into something, and there is no substitute for hard work.”

      Alexis Butler

      “Family, fun and fitness…a strong life"

      I am a mother of a 4 and 6 year old and I love spending time with them. We are a very active family and love riding dirtbikes in the desert. If it's hot and sunny you'll most likely find us at the beach the entire day. Nothing makes me happier than a day spent at the beach!

      Recently, I started mountain biking and love how it challenges me to push myself harder and further to make it to the top. That’s when I feel strength happening. The rush of flying down the mountain is the reward for the pain of the climb. I love to go for runs while listening to techno music, and have competed in a couple half marathons.

      Training others using the Strength Happens method will help them lead as fulfilling a life as mine.

      Lydia JC

      “Fitness, food and fun….Strength!

      I love nearly all forms of movement! I’ve competed in marathons, triathlons, trail races, beach volleyball, bikini bodybuilding, and mountain biking. I’m pretty much game to try everything, and if it’s out in nature, even better!

      Beyond the gym is my other passion…food! I love everything about it -- growing it, preparing it with friends, and traveling the world to better understand people through their cuisine. Sharing a meal is a very special way to connect with others.

      My personal training career took off in 2008 when I learned the Strength Happens method at SB Training. I fell in love with the fitness and training lifestyle, and became fascinated by the human body and its response to exercise. I even got my degree in Exercise Science.

      My passion for exercise and great food come together at Strength Happens. You can only be strong and healthy by eating clean, high quality food, and doing the exercises that are right for you to perform at your peak. Oh yeah… leave a little room for indulgences, too!

      Richie Ferzoco

      “It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to watch clients progress and reach their goals through Strength Happens.”

      I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA enjoying the outdoors: from surfing local breaks to hiking its many trails. Having spent a large amount of time surfing, competing in water polo and on the swim team, being in the water has always been second nature. While a surf instructor in San Diego, I came across an opportunity to be a surf guide for the Mentawai Surf Retreat on the tropical jungle Island of Nyang Nyang in Indonesia. My adventure was spent guiding guests to world class surf breaks, free diving, exploring the Islands, and hiking through the jungle in search of amazing waterfalls and spectacular views. I knew more than ever that being healthy, active and adventurous was the lifestyle for me.

      When I returned to Santa Barbara, I began my journey with Strength Happens. While in the intern program under Master Trainer Mike Claytor, I pursued my personal training certification through the International Sports Sciences Association.

      Beyond training, I enjoy barbecues with friends and soaking up the sun. I’m always up for shooting pool, and will accept any challenge to a game of ping-pong.

  • Classes
    • Semi Private Group Training

      Semi Private Group Training is conducted in the Poolside Fitness Area and size will be limited to 8. Drop-ins are welcome, but we recommend that you sign up at the Front Desk to guarantee your spot!

      Ladies Circuit

      This small group circuit is focused on total body fitness, intermixing functional movements, strength training, flexibility, mobility and cardiovascular exercise to fill the hour with every tool your body needs to perform at its maximum potential. Sessions are designed for the beginner and intermediate, as well as tennis players – anyone looking for a motivated group of individuals who want to have fun and help each other accomplish their weekly workouts.

      Time: Monday & Wednesday: 10:15am - 11:15am
      Cost: Members $20/class Non-members: $25/class

      Strength & Conditioning

      This small group session for men & women combines Functional Movement Patterns, Strength Training, Cardio Circuits and Flexibility exercises into a total body workout focused on building functional strength and power, losing fat, increasing range of motion, and improving your tennis game and/or overall health. This workout is perfect for tennis players, as it will be quick, efficient, and cover all the aspects of total fitness!

      Time: TBD
      Cost: Members $20/class Non-members: $25/class

      Tennis Conditioning

      Starting Soon...
      Each session will involve Functional Training that incorporates stabilization of the hips, knees, core and shoulders, and is designed to improve each player's speed, movement ability, strength, and power, while reducing the risk of injury. Contact Physical Focus if you are interested in joining a semi-private group. We will begin as soon as we have 3 participants.


      The benefits of Yoga to your overall health and well being include improving your strength, balance & posture, enhancing your mental focus, mood & energy levels, and reducing your levels of stress & the effects of aging. In our group Yoga classes you will experience how the practice of Yoga can do all of this for you AND improve your tennis game too! Our one-hour classes will offer you strength building and therapeutic Yoga sequences that will focus on increasing muscular flexibility and stabilization, mental focus, physical stamina, core strength and injury prevention! Classes are appropriate for all levels and abilities, including beginners.


      Because Pilates is a non-impact exercise system focused on increasing flexibility and strength to build functionally sound bodies, it is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Pilates emphasizes the abdominal and low back muscles while integrating control and body awareness.

      Pilates strengthens and stabilizes the core, while increasing the flexibility, strength and functional mobility of our joints. A terrific way to counteract the natural effects of aging and poor posture, it compliments all types of fitness programs and sports. For the general population, the core strength, posture and mobility gained from Pilates will enable the safe execution of every day activities. For athletes, amateur and professional, Pilates will make the core strong and stable to handle the large forces generated by the legs and arms during their sport.

      Our Pilates Mat Classes are appropriate for all levels and abilities, including beginners.

      Sign up for classes at the front desk. Class size will be limited, so sign up to reserve your spot!

      Yoga & Pilates Classes

      Pilates Mat

      Our multi-level classes will strengthen and stabilize the core, while increasing the flexibility, strength and functional mobility of your joints. A terrific way to counteract the natural effects of aging and poor posture, it compliments all types of fitness and sports conditioning, especially tennis!.

      Time: Click here to view fitness calendar
      Cost: Members: complimentary Non-members: $15/class


      Level 2 - An intermediate/advanced class for those with a basic understanding and experience of yoga.
      Intermediate and advanced poses will be introduced. Be prepared to work hard and you may just get sweaty.
      All Levels - Basics of yoga will be explored. Gentle stretching and no yoga knowledge needed.
      Level 1 & 2 - An intermediate class that will focus on strengthening, alignment, balance and flexibility for an overall and complete yoga class. Some experience is recommended but not necessary..

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      Cost: Members: complimentary Non-members: $15/class

      Ladies' Circuit

      This semi-private group class maximizes athletic performance and improves total body fitness, intermixing functional movements, strength training, flexibility, mobility and cardio. This is small group training where each circuit is modified for each individual – this is NOT a one size fits all group class!

      Time: Click here to view fitness calendar
      Cost: Members $20/class Non-members: $25/class

      Foundation Training

      Foundation Training is a series of exercises based on integrating the muscular chains of the body. Our exercises begin with the Posterior Chain of Muscles to quickly stabilize your spine and core because our modern lifestyles leave most of these muscles week and imbalanced. You can quickly learn the tools you need to fix many of the chronic pains plaguing our daily lives.

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      For more information, please contact us at: (805) 699-6058