Categorized as: Fitness


Group Ex Fitness


Philosophy Statement:

While I have always been active, into sports and outdoor recreation, it wasn’t until 2016 that I wanted to make fitness my life. For many years I worked a sedentary job without much exercise and started to see at a young age the ill-effects of prolonged daily inactivity on my body. After quitting my job in March of 2015 I started studying fitness and yoga. I completed my yoga and personal training certification in the summer of 2016. The fall of 2016 I started working for a chiropractor helping his patients with post-rehab and range of motion exercises. A fitness routine of any kind should be paramount in anyone’s life. That’s why I decided to specialize in functional movement to help people move well, so that they can move often their entire lives.





I have been teaching Fitness Classes since 2009. I teach different formats from Zumba, Strength Training to Aqua fitness.

I became an instructor after I lost 50 lbs. I was in my 20’s and little did I know that after hiring a trainer and taking fitness classes that my life would change.  My goal is to help every member that crosses my path by motivating them and helping them to achieve their fitness goals.

My fitness philosophy:
I want my students to have a good time while they workout, I want them to feel good, happy and accomplished. Have fun and don’t be too hard on yourself while working out, give your maximum, love and enjoy it!


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Group Ex Fitness

Exercise is something that needs to be done throughout one’s lifetime. It’s not an end-result, but a journey. Therefore, I believe exercise should be enjoyable! It should feel good and make one smile. Do what makes you happy—whether it’s dancing to the beat of a drum, hiking in the woods, or power lifting heavy weights. One should do what one enjoys best, and that will keep one doing it throughout one’s lifetime.

Katy Whitcomb has been a Dr. of Oriental Medicine for 15 years in her home town of Santa Fe, NM. She is also the owner of We the People Community Acupuncture Clinic, and the mother of two wonderful children. She enjoys adventuring in the outdoors with her family, being involved with her community, and dancing to the beat of just about any drum.



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Group Ex Fitness

“I believes fitness should be enjoyable, accessible to everyone, effective and safe.”

Danny has taught dance and fitness in California and New Mexico for 30 years. She attended UC Berkeley in Dance and has been an ACE-certified fitness instructor since 1990. She works to create a fun, energetic workout routine that will not cause injuries, and can accommodate all levels of fitness and physical limitations.


  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor
  • Zumba


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Group Ex Fitness
Cycling Instructor

Enita is certified as a personal fitness trainer, and group fitness instructor. Enita Pendleton received her Bachelor of Creative Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), and was a collegiate gymnast and body builder.

Enita has been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at El Gancho for more than 25 years. She enjoys the health and wellness challenges that are unique to every client and member at El Gancho. Enita has the knowledge to train people of all fitness levels as well as most post-rehabilitation situations.
Enita is also an Assistant Professor in Fitness Education at the Santa Fe Community. She is the director of the Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) Certificate program. Enita teaches classes within the Exercise Science AA degree program and the FIT Certificate program.


  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • TRX
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling


Personal Trainer



1. Training

2. Motivation

3. Connection

4. Knowledge

My goal as your trainer is to ensure your fitness journey is both rewarding and fun. After the conclusion of our first meeting, I will personally design a workout program that fits your fitness goals. I can assure you that no matter what your goals are, I will support you every step of the way. Your fitness journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and I am ready to run that marathon with you!”


  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)


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Personal Trainer

Group Ex Fitness
Yoga Instructor

I believe working out can be fun and enjoyable. No matter what your age, there is no better time than the present to get started on a fitness program that will positively enhance your life.

Debbie graduated from Virginia Common wealth University earning her degree in interpersonal communications, and has worked in the fitness industry since 1988. She continually updates her educational credits through professional workshops and seminars.


  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • TRX Certified




Aaron El Gancho Personal Trainer Headshot

Personal Trainer
Fitness Instructor

“Challenge yourself everyday at maximal effort, and use that momentum to push past your boundaries to achieve your fitness goals!”

Aaron is a Certified Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), TRX Suspension Trainer, and he holds an AA degree in Applied Sciences with an emphasis on Exercise Science. Aaron is trained in several Martial Arts and Boxing. He specializes in corrective exercise, strength and conditioning, weight loss, endurance, and functional fitness programming. Aaron also teaches Boot Camp Fitness and Water Aerobics. He is always keeping up with the latest fitness trends and studying to become an advanced fitness specialist. He enjoys outdoor recreational activities, bodybuilding, traveling, and learning.


  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified
  • Associates Degree in Exercise Science


Pam El Gancho Director of Fitness Headshot

Fitness Director
Personal Trainer
Group Ex Fitness

“Practice makes permanent. I focus on nutrition, ageless development, and creative programming to achieve optimal results. I focus on training the musculoskeletal system for a balanced and fully-integrated movement pattern to attain fitness goals.”

Pamela Herzenberg is a master certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with more than 25+ years experience. She is a top industry leader as she has presented at numerous fitness industry trade shows including ECA East Coast Alliance in New York. She has been featured in numerous TV segments and magazines as the featured fitness expert. Pamela is the co-creator and fitness video host of several trademarked original workouts. She has presented corporate wellness workshops and is a featured wellness speaker at companies nationwide. Pamela’s unique style combines high level education, fuse cue and motivation that will make you jump higher than you ever imagined!


  • AA in Nutrition, Physical Therapy, and Education—Berkeley College
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • Reebok Personal Trainer
  • Body Pump
  • AFAA Certification Process instructor
  • P90X LIVE