Karen Robiscoe has been a familiar face on the Santa Barbara fitness scene for years. A certified fitness trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, when Ms. Robiscoe’s not in the gym, you’ll likely find her running or biking along the city’s scenic coastal routes, deep ocean swimming or surfing at its beaches, or hiking on the front and back country trails.

As energetic as she is fit, Karen’s enthusiasm is as valuable to her clients as her know-how. Teaching proper technique and tailoring exercise routines to meet their fitness goals is her specialty, and her open-door policy assures the lines of communication are always open.

If you are looking for a professional who is as motivated as you are about improving your health and body, you have found the right coach. Fitness level assessment and initial session is always free, email Karen at: karediokaren@gmail.com,  or call (805) 335 – 7662.



“I’ve been meaning to do something to get back to ‘normal’ following an injury, but found copious and plentiful reasons not to do so. My last excuse – actually leaving the house – disappeared when I found Karen. She comes to you, with weights and bands and exercise balls, oh my; and helps you design a program that enables you to get fit at home. I really liked her enthusiasm and passion, and she has a plethora of ideas about how very small changes in your behavior and attitude can make you feel so much better and so much more in control of your body. Now I walk to the store or ride my bike, do knee bends when I’m brushing my teeth or washing the dishes, and am always conscious of my core and my balance when doing things I used to think of as sedentary, like driving. She’s personable, engaging, and very good at what she does. Also really funny and quite knowledgeable, and not just about how many reps it takes to make a six-pack. I haven’t looked this good in years. Thanks, Karen.”

Ellen N., San Diego

“I have been working with Karen for a year in both individual and class sessions and think she is a terrific combination of expertise, patience, support, and inspiration.  She has taken the time to get to know me and my individual needs.  She is always fun to be around, and my body and spirit are in better shape because of her attentiveness.”

Anna D,. Santa Barbara


To the YMCA’s Director of Personal Training,

I am writing to acknowledge one of your outstanding trainers, Karen Robiscoe. I started taking Karen’s Circuit Training Class last year after my daughter, Kamala S., invited me as her guest.

Normally I do not enjoy indoor exercise; I need that fresh air and sunshine! I was completely transformed by such a dedicated, caring, knowledgeable, and gifted fitness instructor. Karen has the exceptional ability to literally motivate anyone, whether you’re a reluctant beginner or veteran athlete!

Daily she spends time to review new techniques & design new routines to make every class challenging and fun. Her passion is contagious. Not only does she encourage ME to be my best and do my best, but I see the attention she gives others based on their personal needs or limitations. I literally have told all my friends and coworkers about her class & that I’ve never had such a fabulous instructor.

There is no match, in my opinion, for Karen being the best trainer & exercise enthusiast in our area & beyond.

I believe she has brought Five Stars to the Santa Barbara Family YMCA. Her character & values are a definite asset to your mission of promoting personal development, healthy living, social responsibility and success!

Susan M, RN, Santa Barbara