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Life Fitness Center

The LFC is located on the third floor of the SBCC Sports Pavilion.
The Sports Pavilion is ADA compliant.

LFC Director: Ellen O'Connor
Phone: (805) 965-0581 X 3568

General Information
Hours of Operation

How can I use the Life Fitness Center?
What equipment is in the LFC?
Life Fitness Program Orientation (Mandatory for New Students)
What's new in the Life Fitness Center
Human Performance Lab 
Open Lab Classes
Traditionally Structured Courses
Athletic/Personal Fitness Training

General Information about the Life Fitness Center

The Santa Barbara City College Physical Education Department is proud to offer students the opportunity to take Physical Education classes in the campus Life Fitness Center (LFC). The LFC is a state-of-the-art physical fitness facility designed to improve the health, fitness, and well being of students all ages and abilities.

What equipment is in the Life Fitness Center?

The Life Fitness Center has three major areas of focus. The cardiovascular area features recumbent bikes, treadmills, elliptical cross trainers and an arm ergometer. The strength training area features both plate loaded and selectorized equipment for every muscle group. In addition, power racks, dumbbells, power lifting platforms, resistance bands, stability balls, balance training apparatus, and other free weights are available for more specialized training. Power lifting and Olympic lifting equipment is also available. The third area features the "Aerobic Super Circuit" considered by many fitness experts to be one of the most effective ways to train and improve physical health. The Super Circuit combines selectorized weight training equipment and stationary bikes that students use in an alternating fashion to generate a full body workout!

How can I use the Life Fitness Center?

To use the LFC, you must be enrolled in a class that is taught in the LFC. The Physical Education Department has two different types of Physical Education Courses that are taught in the Life Fitness Center: Open Lab courses and Traditionally Structured courses. You can choose a course from the Life Fitness Program of open lab classes that have a more flexible class schedule or choose one of the traditional instructional format classes to suit your needs. Please see the schedule of classes or the college catalog for course descriptions. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE A MANDATORY PROGRAM ORIENTATION THE FIRST TIME YOU ENROLL IN ANY OF THE OPEN LAB LIFE FITNESS PROGRAM COURSES.

Open Lab Classes: The Life Fitness Program!!

The Life Fitness Program offers a series of "open lab" (can enroll up to the 10th week of the semester) courses that allow each enrolled student to use the LFC during the open lab hours to complete the course curriculum. The Life Fitness Program "family" of courses includes:
PE 149 - Life Fitness (1.0 unit)
PE 166 - Life Fitness Strength Training (1.0 unit)
PE 169 - Training for Power (1.0 unit)
PE 177 - Weight Management (1.0 unit)
PE 179 - Aerobic Super Circuit Training (0.5 unit)
PE 195 - Functional Fitness (0.5 unit)
PE 196 - Myofascial Release Techniques in Exercise (0.5 unit)

PE 277 A/B - Fitness for ESL students (1.0 unit)

The goal of the Life Fitness Program is to teach students basic fitness concepts and skills related to the improvement of health and wellness through entry level courses (PE 149 and PE 179). After the successful completion a basic or entry level course, students are encouraged to take other courses in the Life Fitness Program to develop additional fitness skills to meet the individual student needs. With each class, students learn more skills and strategies, building their personal "fitness toolbox".  Each of the open lab courses have specific course curriculum and requirements that students must complete in order to remain enrolled and earn credit for the course.

Mandatory Orientation for Students new to the Life Fitness Program

If you enroll in any "open lab" Life Fitness course (see above), you MUST ATTEND A MANDATORY ORIENTATION SESSION. Students should have the course syllabus and the LFC Educational Manual when completing the orientation. The course syllabus is available on the course webpage along with instructions for completing the orientation session. The LFC Educational Manual (and required lanyard) is available to purchase in the campus bookstore.

Traditionally structured Courses using the Life Fitness Center:

PE 143 - Integrated Training for Fitness (1.0 unit)

PE 144 - Beginning Weight Training for Women (1.0 unit)
PE 144A - Beginning Weight (1.0 unit)
PE 144B - Intermediate Weight Training (1.0 unit)
and PE 144C - Advanced Weight Training (1.0 unit)

PE 143 and PE 144 courses follow a traditional class schedule where students attend class on a specific day and time. See the schedule of classes for times/dates. 

Human Performance Lab (HPL):

The LFC is also home to the Human Performance Lab where you can find out how fit you are! The lab features measurements of cardiovascular health (Heart and blood pressure), oxygen consumption, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. The HPL also features information and assessment for nutrition, posture, and back care.

Interested in Athletic and/or Personal Training?
Check out the SBCC Associate of Arts Degree in Athletic/Personal Fitness Training:

The Life Fitness Center, the Human Performance Lab, and the Athletic Training Room provide excellent teaching facilities for students interested in careers in athletic and/or personal fitness training (AA Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic/Personal Fitness Training). Check out the link to the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certification.

What's new in the Life Fitness Center?

Students can now enroll for classes online.
See for details. A helpful enrollment hint: Summer session is very short, so we recommend taking one of the half unit (0.5 unit) Life Fitness Center courses. Plan on exercising about 3 hours per week for a half unit class and 7 hours per week for a one unit class.

PE 196 - Myofascial Release Techniques in Exercise! This half-unit (0.5 unit), self-paced class teaches self-myofascial release (self-massage) techniques in exercise. Students will learn to utilize various equipment to manipulate soft tissue for injury prevention, rehabilitation, pain reduction and sport performance. Check it out!



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