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After the hike begins the real test of strength and determination — the fitness portion of the day. Keeping an active lifestyle made the idea of a “tough workout” seem like a stretch, yet I am in for a rude awakening. As I step into the class I realize that I have never used half of the equipment, which slightly shakes my confidence. The room is separated into four sections: exercise balls, Bosu balls, steppers and weights, and TRX bands. Intimidating to say the least. The combination of the trainers’ enthusiasm and upbeat music got the room pumped during our warm up, after which I was already breaking a sweat. Not a good sign. Next came the rotation from hell. A minute per station, intended to target every muscle group during the 45-minute cycle. As it turns out, my own workout regimen is a joke, because I could hardly keep up. Proving that Sky Ranch Fitness is not all about luxury and relaxation, the program does in fact push participants to their limits in order to achieve the goals they arrive with. Although hard, there is nothing more rewarding than walking out of a situation where you gave it your all. The room full of smiling sweat drenched faces reaffirms that there is a process to the madness, and it works. The day is wrapping up, and with it the program. Participants exchange genuine hugs and phone numbers, reminding me of the reacquiring comment I heard during my chat with them as we strolled the bluffs. Everyone noted that what truly made the experience incredible is the people—not only the trainers and staff—but the participants themselves. Something about Sky Ranch Fitness brings together individuals who have a positive attitude about embarking on their fitness journey, and a certain openness that allows for bonding and formation of real interpersonal connections while growing and learning as a team. Maybe it’s the allure of Santa Barbara’s beauty, the values Stuart promotes in the program, maybe it’s fate, or simply serendipity. *

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