Our Instructors

 

Zulema Olazabal

Zulema Olazabal, Gym Manager & Class Instructor

Zulema

Zulema began her career in fitness in 2010 and has since become an AFAA Certified Fitness Professional. She is currently obtaining her ACE Personal Trainer certificate making it her 10th fitness certification! She teaches 6 classes a week at The Gym and is excited to fulfill her role as Gym Manager. Zulema displays a passion and endless energy for helping people of all ages feel successful in each class and at the gym. Her enthusiasm and contagious spirit bring to The Gym a new energy. She is a proud mother of a 14 year old young man and volunteers regularly at Santa Fe Care Center. “There is something to learn from everyone, and something to give to everyone. Humility is opening yourself up to this idea and then hold on tight because inspiration and knowledge will come full force.”

 

Jacci Gruninger

Jacci Gruninger

Jacci

Jacci is a Senior level Pranakriya and Kripalu yoga teacher.  She is striving to use yoga and all its tenets on and off the mat to be fully awake and alive by seeing the extraordinary in every day. Jacci leads a variety of yoga teacher trainings around the country including:  200 Hour Pranakriya Teacher Training, Prenatal Teacher Training and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  She attributes the start of her yogic path to her Masters in Health Science program at The George Washington University.  Here she was able to devise a program that emphasized wholeness.  After graduation, she went on to create and manage wellness programs for The George Washington University and Arlington County Government.  Her work introduced her to the practice of yoga and she hasn’t looked back.  She continues her studies with her teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll.  She completed her Yoga Therapist Certification and also practices Thai Yoga Therapy.  Both modalities give her an opportunity to work one-on-one and in small groups with clients during their healing.  Jacci hopes to help students see the reflection of their own possibility by guiding them in compassion, permission, acceptance and patience.

 

Lisa McGee

Lisa McGee, Santa Fe gym instructor

Lisa

Brown Belt Nia Instructor, also trained in Nia 5 Stages, 52 Moves, and The Body’s Way

Lisa brings imagination, support, encouragement, and a child-like joy to every class. Her life passion for transformation has found expression in developing processes to explore and integrate one’s whole self: body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Through Nia she invites everyBODY to come as one is. Her teaching style invites others to step into their uniqueness through a body-centered, mind-body practice and simultaneously get fit and have fun!

 

Nina Rebstock

Nina Rebstock

Nina

Nina‘s purpose is to help people thrive in all areas of their lives.  A Health enthusiast all of her life, she combines her expertise in holistic nutrition with a passion for positive aging to facilitate the achievement of optimal health.  Nina believes that by unlocking each person’s potential for wellness, everyone is capable of healthy, active aging.

As a Certified Nutrition Coach and Health Planner she will help you discover your Big Picture for Health!  She works with individuals and families, teaches workshops and speaks publicly about the need for optimal nutrition.

 

 

Jackie Camborde

Jackie Camborde

Jackie

Jackie is an ACE and AFAA certified fitness pro with over 20 years’ experience.  She teaches at Jackie has been a presenter for AFAA, Master Trainer for Resist-A-Ball and FitTour and has presented her own workshops at conferences throughout North America.   She has written articles for IDEA Fitness Journal, Z-Life and many other health and fitness publications, and has been featured in Shape and Yoga Journal.  Jackie’s philosophy is that fitness classes should be INclusive, not EXclusive and strives to make every class one that you will leave feeling successful and exhilarated.

 

Marga Matakovich

Marga Matakovich, Eldorado Gym Instructor

Marga

“Hi wonderful fitness partners! My passion is FITNESS and it is with GREAT PLEASURE to inspire EVERYONE to have fun while moving and learning new techniques!  My background includes a Ph.D. In Sports Administration, M.A. In Dance, Certifications as a Fitness and Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, as well as, Water Aerobics and Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard!  Alrighty now, 30 plus years of experience! Yeah Baby!

I LOVE to MOVE It! See you at CARDIO BLAST and YOGA Class!”

 

Grace Valdez

Grace Valdez

Grace

I teach Zumba on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm. I started taking Zumba classes 4 years ago here at The Gym at Eldorado. I loved Zumba so much that I decided to pursue my passion for Zumba by becoming an instructor in 2012. I realized how much more fun and exciting fitness can be. I like to bring more Latin flavor to my classes. Zumba is all about letting go and losing yourself in the music and rhythm. I love my Zumba family! Come join us and dance like no one I watching.

 

 

Viktoria Shushan

Viktoria Shushan

Viktoria

Viktoria has taught in the UK, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, bringing yoga and better life quality to people in different parts of the world. She integrates her formal yoga training with her own innovations and discoveries into an original teaching style, drawing upon her architectural and fine arts background.

Currently Viktoria lives in Santa Fe with her husband, comparative religions scholar and author Dr. Gregory Shushan.

 

Andi Sutherland

Andi Sutherland

Andi

Andi Sutherland is an energy medicine practitioner in private practice in Eldorado, who began studying yoga more than 40 years ago.  Initially trained in the style of B.K.S. Iyengar, she now specializes in teaching hatha yoga to middle-aged people (although she loves teaching high school girls when they show up!).  She’s been teaching at the Gym at Eldorado for more than six years, and her intention is to bring mindfulness and healing to each class experience, as well as flexibility, strength, relaxation and peace.

 

Neela-David-Richardson

Neela David Richardson

Neela

Neela-David-Richardson has been working in the Health and Fitness World for over 30 years. She holds certifications in and teaches Pilates, Yoga, Group fitness, Somatic Polarity, Craniosacral Therapy, Meditation, Self care and Pain management as well as Nutrition and Aromatherapy. She holds deeply the belief that we are Holistic Beings and that true health and healing addresses all aspects of ourselves. Her classes are designed to enhance ones body-awareness as well as strengthen and stabilize the muscles and joints.

 

Ursula Drabik

Ursula Drabik

Ursula

Ursula is a Professional Actor, Singer, Dancer and Fitness Instructor. She began to develop her interest and talents for Fitness in 1989 when she started working for Carl Miller, former coach for the USA Olympic weightlifting team, who employed her to as a Personal Trainer at his gym. She learned to specialize in Individually Designed Workouts for Strength, Cardio Conditioning and Rehabilitation. While honing her skills as a personal trainer, she continued to study Ballet, Modern & Latin dance, and Feldenkrais, Somatics & Pilates techniques. As a Professional Performer and a Certified Cardio-dance, Core & Senior Fitness Instructor, Ursula feels fortunate to be able to use so many of her skills to help clients towards greater health & wellbeing.

 

Jodie Padgett

Jodie Padgett, Eldorado gym instructor

Jodie Padgett

In 2001, Jodie began a self-study of asana (yoga postures) in an effort to maintain flexibility, little knowing to what or where the path of her yoga journey would lead.  Shortly after completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in general hatha yoga in 2011, she moved to Santa Fe where she began a gradual transition into a teaching role, primarily in slower, gentler forms of yoga.  Jodie’s classes provide a focus on safety, strength and flexibility with an inward, non-judgmental attention to the body.  Classes end with relaxation and meditation, sending the student out the door feeling de-stressed and more tranquil.   Jodie and her husband enjoy cooking, hiking, bicycling, and exploring the Southwest.