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Team / Tucson, AZ

Katia Cardenas

Fitness Instructor

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Katia Cardenas works with guests in personal training sessions as well as fitness, yoga, breath, and meditation classes. She brings over 20 years of fitness experience to our Arizona wellness resort, providing welcoming, engaging, and educational experiences for guests.

Selected Highlights

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica

Sports Psychology and Sports Coaching, Undergraduate Escuela Internacional de Liberazgo

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program Peer Educator, University of Illinois at Chicago

Emergency Safety Instructor, Emergency Medical Services

Recovery Therapist, Parkinson's Wellness Recovery

Functional Aging Specialist, Functional Aging Institute

Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Golf Fitness Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine

500 hours registered Yoga Therapist, Yoga Alliance

Practical Pilates Instructor, Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Fitness Coaching Specialist, Exercise Etc. Inc.

Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification, Schwinn Cycling

Zumba Instructor

Human Movement Specialist Student, Brook Bush Institute

Katia is a seasoned wellness professional, currently working with Tucson guests as a fitness instructor.

Boasting two decades of experience, she's spent her life making a positive impact on others through fitness. Katia specializes in mature adult fitness, including expertise in areas such as Parkinson's rehabilitation and overall functional health.

Some of her proudest achievements include working as a wellness and fitness therapist in a rehabilitation center for people suffering from addiction and other mental health issues, and successfully training a 13-time world record holder power lifter. Recently, she has found immense joy in contributing to the fitness journey of a Parkinson's client, using her extensive knowledge to aid his overall well-being.

Katia joined Canyon Ranch for the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people, including guests and her fellow experts. She values Canyon Ranch's approach to fitness that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the mind, spirit, and body — a perspective that aligns seamlessly with her own. She's most passionate about helping guests discover more about themselves and find new meaning in their lives.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Katia dedicates time to her family, visiting her home country of Costa Rica, outdoor activities, new experiences, and learning new things.

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