Crossfit Buns

Even as I write this, it’s still far too nice to day for indoor activity, so it was with great and misplaced reluctance that I journeyed to the third stop on my Gym-a-palooza tour: Crossfit Gym. Situated in Santa Barbara’s one-of-a-kind Funk Zone, amid wineries, butcher shops, art studios & restaurants—with plenty of off-street parking just the same—I was still less than ready to get boxed in indoors. Imagine my surprise when I pulled up to see this sight awaiting me:

crossfit first view

An impressive number of fitness buffs still en route, I thought. What was the deal? Were they lost? Loitering? Leaving? I didn’t know for sure, but I did know it was a lot of muscles hanging around outside, when inside is generally the sinewy destination. Confident I wasn’t running late after all, I hurried to join the other folk prepping to do…er…something. Get their cardio on, or leave it at the door. It remained to be seen.

I bet the little girls loved him in grade school! More on this interesting twist later...

I bet the little girls loved him in grade school! More on this interesting twist later…

And seen it was. Felt, stretched, lifted, pulled, pushed, squat & run, too, since the focus of Cross Fit Gym is exactly that. Already in its fifth year, and affiliated with the national chain, its programs & classes are a combination of “metabolic conditioning, weight-training & gymnastic movements”—to quote Level 10 gymnast & Level 1 Crossfit trainer: Naomi Recania-Nelson. Better known as the “Ninja”, the young lady was to lead the class in which I participated…A class that—even before I started its intriguing mix of motion–I knew would be a special treat.

CPR certified, too...

CPR certified, too…

Because we weren’t going indoors. Not after our warm-up run of 400 meters around the neighborhood, and not for the duration of the: W.O.D.–Crossfit’s catchy acronym for its 12 minute: Workout of the Day, which in turn describes the subsequent class instruction conducted alfresco in the temperate breezes wafting offshore from nearby West Beach. The option to attend class within the confines of turnkey Fisher’s Gym is available during the rare rainy day in Santa Barbara–the establishment that works cooperatively with the adjoining Crossfit operation—as well as free gym hours for Crossfit.

That was hardly necessary today, with temps in the high 70’s, and after describing the exercise options du jour, the Ninja supervised the stretching of creaking cores, hammies, & bursae (at least from where I was bending over toward painfully distant toes) before proceeding to the calisthenics. With plenty of squats, push-ups & pull-up reps to choose from—aided by medicine balls & weights for the more foolhardy—it was clear no body part could simply “phone it in”, so I was especially glad to take advantage of my Photo Opp excuse to slack off. No, no—pushes hands forward and demurs—no need to thank me. My lazy sacrifice was all for you, chickens, as I absolutely eschewed a fitter me there, for a phatter post here.😉

I did manage a few pull ups, though--haHA! To a certain JK last seen near a body of water in unspecified locale...

I did manage a few pull ups, though–haHA! To a certain JK last seen near a body of water in unspecified locale…

Laziness I left behind, when the Ninja capped our reps with a 100 meter run, followed by 50x abdominal exercises of choice, whatever pull ups one could manage, without or without the aid of a gigantic rubber band–which was pretty fun, actually–as well as the de rigueur, cool-down stretching session. I had fun whipping this heavy rope around after that, an enormous loop of jute described to me as: “heavy” by one member and: “all of them” by another, when queried as to which muscle group it worked. After less than a minute at these formidable Reins to Nowhere, I was out of descriptions, as well. (or maybe just out of breath!)

Todd says it’s the velocity that gets ya’!

Stephanie & Naomi, aka: the Ninja

Stephanie & Naomi, aka: the Ninja

The Ninja & Stephanie

Stephanie's ver' cool barefootin' tootsies...

Stephanie’s ver’ cool barefootin’ tootsies…

Stephanie’s Stylin’ Steppers

I hope you can feel the camaraderie & sense of community emanating from this wholesome crowd —because they were surely that, as much as they were collectively ripped. It was my best sweat stop on the Gym-a-palooza tour to date, and with a manageable number of 100 or so members, they might need to add a final “Dalmatian” to their spot. There wasn’t one “Gun Show” scheduled among these super-fit guys & gals, making it a nice change from the automaton experience & narcissistic pools some gyms trips tend to feature. Everyone I encountered at the co-op operation was friendly, helpful and unplugged, if you can believe that, in this day of the ubiquitous iPod, and as eye candy goes, you couldn’t order a better looking beach whereon to set up sweaty shop.

Crossfit’s YouTube Channel:, and find them on Facebook!

209 Gray Ave
Santa Barbara CA, 93101

Tyler Medearis- Owner & Head Coach/Trainer. Crossfit Level 1 cert, CrossFit Olympic cert, CrossFit Kids cert, ISSA personal trainer, NREMT-B, MCMAP Blk Belt Instructor.

Phone number: 805-448-4999

Basic Movements Course dates:

Mon 2/18, Tue 2/19, Wed 2/14 630-730 pm(Course Filled)

Mon 2/25, Tue 2/26, Wed 2/27 630-730 pm.(Course Filled)

Mon 3/4, Tue 3/5, Wed 3/6 630-730 pm.(Course Filled)

Mon 3/11, Tue 3/12, Wed 3/13 630-730 pm(Open)


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Catch you chick-a-rooz on the rebound, when I visit a Yoga studio and get my Downward Dog on…


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17 Responses to “Crossfit Buns”

  1. Great gym…love the chin-ups!

  2. Hey cool gym Karen–I like your rope video–looks like a real killer. Thanks for being an inspiration for the rest of us… I do detect a 6 pack sneakin’ in, you’ll get there. Believe it or not, just sucking in the belly while holding u’r breath posing actually gets the obliques to pop when you twist your torso slightly. If you catch it at the right angle, voila, instant 6-pack LOL! That’s an old bodybuilding trick that my trainer taught me. 😉
    Keep having fun, you’re awesome!

    • Any shortcut to a six-pack…hell, even a 40…would be good!

      It’s weird how you can be thin–and bayou,I mean Louisiana, but by you I mean, me–and still have a lil pot belly.

      Thank you for the optical trick–I instantly began to chair’obic the moves…

  3. AnElephantCant do workouts
    He is not quite as fit as sweet Charron
    He’s a big lazy pet
    Does not like to sweat
    Prefers to spin her a cool yarn

  4. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing February 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I cannot remember where I last saw me. Hmmmm. But, it is good to see you at the pull-up bar! Don’t bend the knees! Yoga this morning in Simon Bolivar Park! Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Jogging with stops at the park for pull-ups and push-ups.

    • well–don’t bend your knees…;) (and why…?)

    • JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing February 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      So you can get the full effect. Start from a full hang, pull yourself up and lower slowly to a full hang again. You might want to squeeze/clinch those Crossfit Buns on the way up and down to help keep the back straight.

    • you’re right, I think the bending helps–you pull upward with the abs then, too. The most I could ever do was like 7, and now I am at like: 3. My gun show is all show!!

    • JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing February 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      You work the abs just fine with proper breathing as you do this. Using knees can put the wrong strain on the lower back, maybe cause you to hyperextend the back at the bottom of the motion. Don’t use the legs at all doing this. I am not an expert so maybe you should check with such.

    • hokay. I am not surprised. I found out I’ve been doing push-ups wrong these many years (of not doing them, ho ho) but the upper body is supposed to be w-a-y over the lower body, in terms of balance,making for a likely face plant..

    • JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing February 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      You make me laugh. Don’t want any of those face plants.
      Remember! Tilt you head back on the upward motion or you might crack a coconut!

  5. You managed to make that pull-up look easy peasy,,, even if you only did a few! lol. Always inspiring Charron 😀

  6. Hi Charron’s Chatter. I haven’t been in a gym for years. Thank you for liking my poem ‘ No Warning’. Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

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