Rancho La Puerta’s Fitness Team

Nationally certified instructors make up Rancho La Puerta’s Fitness Team, and each has several specialties, such as yoga, postural therapy and cardio. These are not the hardcore, intimidating teachers you might find at your neighborhood gym – our instructors have at least five years of teaching experience and bring fitness and wellness together to help you improve your whole being.


Barbara Abrahams
Specialty: Ranch Nurse
Barry Shingle
Specialty: Director of Guest Activities and Fitness
Cathleen Murakami
Specialty: Pilates and GYROTONIC®
Coco Bennett
Specialty: Strength & Cardio
Connie Bennett
Specialty: Cardio & Strength
Denise Dobrzenski
Specialty: Pilates
Hazel Stricker
Specialty: Yoga & Hula Hoop
JayDee Cutting III
Specialty: Cardio and Strengh Training
Jennifer Brandt
Specialty: Art
Jennifer De Marco
Specialty: Strength & Yoga
Manuel Hernandez
Specialty: Hiking
Manuel Velasquez
Specialty: Dance & Strength
Marcos Landavazo
Specialty: Tennis
Maya Griggs
Specialty: Yoga
Mike Bee
Specialty: Strength & Dance
Nathan Briner
Specialty: Posture & Yoga
Phyllis Pilgrim
Specialty: Yoga & Meditation
Susana Moore
Specialty: Sound Healing & Meditation
Terri van de Sande
Specialty: Pilates & Strength
Yvonne Nienstadt
Specialty: Nutritionist
Alejandro Valencia
Specialty: Cardio and Strength

Fitness Concierge
A fitness staff member acts as your concierge when they tour the dining room and patios during lunch to answer your fitness questions and provide expert help in charting a week-long personal program. You will also learn more about your week’s special offerings and unique schedule during a Guest Reception early in the week. Be sure to take the Ranch Orientation & Tour if you’re a new guest, or haven’t been at the Ranch in a few years.

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