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Katherine

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.

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Karina

Yoga Instructor

Loved and respected by her students for consistently guiding Yoga practice with attunement and compassion. A seasoned practitioner and teacher, Karina combines 13 years of advanced studies in Yoga Therapy, Psychology, Reiki and Chinese Medicine to deliver unique offerings in personal growth and holistic wellness.  Her classes live by the motto: “Come as you are, all of you is welcome here.”

 

Philosophy Statement:

I understand Yoga to be the integration of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms, which brings about true healing. By being present to what is and allowing ourselves to unfold, we may live a more authentic life of compassion and harmony.

Certifications:

L.Ac., DACM, Dipl.OM, E-RYT500, CIAYT

Karen

Yoga Instructor

Philosophy Statement:

“My classes are a synergy of different traditions, instructed at an unhurried pace, with great emphasis on alignment and breath. My teaching is expressive and joyful, creating a lighthearted atmosphere where students of all levels can explore their own abilities.”

Bio:

Karen graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Religion, the concentration of her studies in Hindu and Buddhist Philosophies. She has been practicing and teaching YOGA for over 20 years. Karen started her YOGA journey studying the alignment-based systems of Iyengar and Anusara and later introduced to the flow practices of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. She continued her studies for many years under the guidance of Richard Freeman. She has traveled extensively to study with internationally renowned teachers. Karen still studies with Iyengar and Vinyasa teachers and travels periodically to Thailand to study with Richard. She holds the YOGA ALIANCE E500 designation; this higher certification allows Karen to offer teacher training’s.

Bo

Tennis Professional

“Enjoy your tennis. The more sweat you put into practice the less pain you will feel in play! If you have a problem – get instruction. Practice, Practice, Practice. Remember – half the people lose in a day – tomorrow is a new day. Happy Tennis!”

Bo is a tennis veteran with more than 30 years experience in all facets of teaching, club maintenance and management. He has taught throughout the US, Europe and Mexico. Bo has been at El Gancho since 2009. A master tennis mechanic, his philosophy is to combine his passion for tennis with a methodized learning environment of fun and fitness. Bo works with juniors and adults of all levels and creates a lifelong love for the game.

Certifications:

  • United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Certified Tennis Professional

Danni

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Group Ex Fitness

“Spending years on the tennis court  I needed a way to find a workout that had healing and strengthening solution to enhance my performance. I found that in the water, where it’s natural resistance, low impact helped build muscle strength, flexibility and balance.
That is my primary focus.”

Danni began her career as a competitive swim coach and started teaching water aerobics in 2018 at the Santa Fe community college.

Wendy

Instructor

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!

Irena

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Cycle Instructor

“As I have spent the past 6 years riding primarily outside on the road, I transmit that into my spin classes.  For example, in classes, I will take you on a mimic version of Santa Fe to Taos, up to the Santa Fe ski valley, and all over the world.  I love the ability to push others and transmit my passion of pushing the body and being fit onto those around me.  So come out … or in for a ride with me and lets push some pedals!”

I am a super active person.  I have revolved my entire life around sports and pushing my body through exercise.  Since I was little I have been a runner and a cyclist, reaching the professional level in both sports. Now I have fallen in love with teaching spin and have also fallen in love with the multisport lifestyle and currently I have dedicated myself to triathlon and instructing spin classes.

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Katy

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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.

 

Dora

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Cycle Instructor

“I create a training environment that not only motivates but also empowers individuals to continually challenge themselves in a fun and rewarding way.”

Dora Cde Baca is a native of Northern New Mexico and has been teaching indoor cycling since 2005. Dora always enjoys sharing a good workout with her class participants while motivating them to meet their fitness goals. Dora has completed countless road races, half marathons and marathons. Dora is an avid runner and cyclist and loves to compete in duathlons. Dora’s classes are structured and challenging with goals appropriate for both the beginner and elite athlete to help them achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

Certifications:

  • Madd Dog Athletics, Certified Spin Instructor
  • Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer

Bruce

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Cycle Instructor

 

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