Rancho La Puerta Fitness Staff

Stacey Filice

Specialty: Yoga and Meditation

Stacey teaches Yoga and a variety of classes here at the Ranch and in San Diego. She is passionate about helping people to get well – mind, body and spirit. In her mid-twenties she went on her own weight loss journey and found her passion in health and wellness. Based on her own experience of the many benefits of exercise and mind-body practices, she incorporates body awareness, body acceptance and mindfulness into all her classes. She believes that fitness should not be limited to the already fit, but should be something that everyone feels comfortable and safe to explore. Her greatest hope for her students is that they leave her classes feeling calm, connected, inspired and empowered (and with a smile on their face!).

When Stacey is not at the Ranch, she is in San Diego teaching Yoga, spending time with her dog, taking in some sun at the beach, or hiking with friends.

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DeRahn Johnson

Specialty: Corrective Exercise and Strength Training

DeRahn Johnson has been an active member of the professional fitness community for over 15 years. A former resident of New York. His area of expertise is corrective exercise and strength training. He enjoys helping individuals of all ages and fitness levels reach their desired health goals.  His hobbies and interest are widely varied, and include: beach volleyball, guitar, reading, and cycling.

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Martin Ruiz

Martin Ruiz

Specialty: Trail Running

Rancho La Puerta’s Running Concierge, Martin Ruiz, empowers runners of all levels to achieve their goals. His smart training approach encourages runners to balance their Ranch experience with the Running Program. Martin Ruiz has won several competitive races, include two first place medals in U.S. 3K Spartan Races, and first place in the 5K Rosarito Beach Viking Race.  He has been with Rancho La Puerta for 12 years.

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Margie Caldwell Cooper

Margie Caldwell Cooper

Specialty: Hydro-Fit®

Margie has been instructing at the Ranch since 1993 as a rotating “all-around” Ranch Instructor.  Her classes include Hydro-Fit and Aquatics Specialist, but she also teaches Pilates, Yoga, Hiking, and more!  Her happiest moment at the Ranch is watching the sunrise from Mt. Kuchumaa in the winter, when the light is gorgeous.  She was awarded the Global Aquatic Fitness Instructor of the Year 2006 (from the Aquatic Exercise Association).

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Roberto Perretta

Specialty: Guest Presenter: Dance

Roberto Perretta has been drumming for over 25 years. He has played with well-known musicians and bands from San Diego and Los Angeles. While living in Los Angeles Robert studied drums and percussion, and also worked in live television as a backing musician for many Latin artists.

Roberto has performed and worked with bands and artist such as Innis, Cabas, Afrojazziacs, B-side Players, Jerry Rivera, Maiz, Kumara, Voz de Mando, and many more. He is has been with The Ranch’s very own Rancho la Puerta fiesta band for over 10 years.

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Fitness Specialty Instructor

Our Fitness Specialty Instructor specialize in all types of fields – from yoga, Pilates®, The Bar Method®, HYDRO-FIT® and a myriad of other workouts that are proven to ramp up your metabolism and burn calories. Check the Events Calendar for the schedule of Fitness Specialty Instructor visits.

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Karen Sanzo

Karen Sanzo

Specialty: Guest Presenter: Pilates

Pilates instructor, teacher trainer, and physical therapist Karen Sanzo is internationally recognized for her innovative approaches to the Pilates method. At Pilates Unlimited, her studio in Dallas, Texas, and in her physical therapy practice, Karen sees clients of all ages and fitness levels, utilizing Pilates as an adjunct to therapy and as the next level of self care for her patients, which include a Dallas Cowboy recovering from injuries, a corporate executive improving his golf swing, a young dancer perfecting her posture, and a new mother getting back into shape. D Beauty, a publication of D Magazine of Dallas, included Pilates Unlimited in their 2008 list of Best Places to Work Out. Her award-winning instructional DVD, Pilates for All Bodies: Getting Started is a two-DVD set that explains and demonstrates the basic exercises, then presents a thirty-minute mat class conducted by Karen. Awarded “Best Beginners DVD” by Pilates Style magazine in the January/February 2008 issue, it was touted in their review as “perfect for those just starting out, with a clear, in-depth tutorial on principles, moves and beginner modifications.”

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Fitness Staff

Our skilled fitness instructors teach results oriented classes that are challenging, dynamic, and transformative. 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.