Building on Existing Excellence

By:
Tamra Christiansen, Director of Fitness and Wellness
Photography By:
Kelsey Grudle

I started working at beautiful Cordillera Ranch in October of 2020, landing my dream job during the most unlikely time to gain such luck and blessings. Since my arrival, I have been warmly welcomed by the Club’s wonderful members. Cordillera Ranch is such an amazing place to live and play. What else could I add?

I decided to work with this perfection and build programming into what already works with the clientele.

Many members want a great workout, so we offer classes that are designed to challenge each person in all facets of physical activity: strength building, stretching, cardio and sports-specific training.  

For the Golf program, I was recently TPI certified in an effort to complement my functional style of training. I plan to further my certification and make our members stronger, less injury prone and mentally ready for every match and tournament that comes their way. Katie Dillard at the Golf Club teamed with me to have a TPI Assessment Clinic. This helped members with their Swing Connection, and many that I have worked with have reaped the benefits of what they have learned already. They look better, play better and best of all — FEEL BETTER after 18 holes.

Diane Pfeiffer appreciates her needs being met for strength, flexibility and golf goals. Diane stated, “Tamra is excellent at deciding your fitness level and challenging you to be the best you can be according to wherever you are in your fitness journey.” Phil Pfeiffer feels like he moves better, plays stronger and has gained flexibility. Susie Moseley says that her fitness journey has improved by starting on a program that had her fitness capabilities and goals in mind. She appreciates the variety and the encouragement she receives. I thank the Golf Club for teaming with me to make some great connections and improve our athletes. There is so much more we will do in the future!

In February of 2021, I started the Tumble Fit program for the youth athletes at the Club. This is a monthly series of tumbling classes infused with fitness components, such as obstacle courses, physically challenging games and fun! We cater to kids 4-6 years old for our Mini Tumble Fit classes and 7-10 years old for our Youth Tumble Fit classes. Tumbling helps to work gross motor skills and coordination, teamwork, strength, flexibility and skills that help in future sports.  

I also initiated the OutFITters Workout to the Club. This outdoor workout has brought in a consistent group of dedicated athletes every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:00am. It has given the members variety, challenge and camaraderie. This class meets members where they are at in their fitness journey.  

My goal for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch was to connect all programs with fitness. I have made it a point for every member to have programs that work for what they are strengthening and for what they are healing. Having strength and flexibility helps every sport in specific ways, prevents injury and helps us to do what we love for a lifetime! 

I believe we will have new, effective and innovative classes and programs that fit all ages and fitness levels for years to come. Cordillera Ranch is a place of limitless possibilities.

Shake it up, Baby!

Protein Shakes For Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition

Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and the Club’s wellness team have collaborated to bring nutritious protein shakes in three delicious flavors:

  • Chocolate Dynamite
  • The Sunny Dre
  • Very Berry


Made with select fruit and choice protein powder, either whey or plant-based, members have three tasty options to fuel their workout and their day. Chocolate Dynamite includes peanut butter, milk and a banana with chocolate protein powder. The Sunny Dre combines vanilla protein, orange and pineapple juices and fresh mango. And the Very Berry is loaded with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, and blended with milk and vanilla protein powder.

So, when to shake?

Pre-workout protein shakes help to fuel your muscles during exercise. Drinking a shake afterwards when your body is in recovery helps to rebuild muscles stressed from a strenuous workout. Determine which time works best for you and your specific fitness routine. Either way you drink it, our protein shakes are concentrated nutrition from natural sources for quick absorption and perfect for replenishing your body.

Protein shakes are made to order in the Men’s Grill and can be served to you in the Fitness Center before or after your workout, 8:00am to 6:00pm. Simply order via your Cordillera Ranch app and start reaping the benefits!    

Tamra Christiansen is the Fitness and Wellness Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at tchristiansen@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.9184.

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