Resort Fitness Center Scottsdale Arizona

Experience one of the best fitness resorts in Arizona, where all Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors have degrees or certification in their specialty. Whether you are just beginning or looking to enhance your current program, our health and fitness professionals have the expertise to help you achieve your goals.

Nurture your body at our celebrated spa and fitness resort.

Kara Thomas

Kara Thomas Kara Thomas, Sanctuary's fitness & wellness manager, is a former TV fitness personality and writer for "First Stretch" for Fox and CBS from Ohio. Among her creations are the Pilates for Life Core Fitness program, the Happy Heart Recipes for Wellness program, the 50-Minute Fitness Retreat DVD featured in Pilates Style Magazine, and a new Weight Management Retreat. Her fitness tips and programs have also been featured in magazines: Women’s Health, Executive Travel, Shape, Fitness and more

Kara is an NCCA nationally certified Pilates instructor, certified fitness nutrition coach, certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She has specialty training in injury prevention, post rehab fitness, Pilates for Athletes, exercise for osteoporosis and arthritis, Pilates and Yoga for back pain. She also has a background in dance choreography. Specialty certifications and/or advanced training from National Exercise Sports Trainers Association, American Council on Exercise, STOTT, National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Exercise Trainers Assoc., Suzanne Gutterson of Eve Gentry Pilates and Balance Body Pilates, PM & R Physical Therapy. Kara is passionate about helping people of all fitness levels. One of her favorite Good Health quotes: ‘A kind word is healing to the bones and a smile is like good medicine’ – proverbs in the Bible

Rich Jacobs

Misty Hyman

Coach Rich has been a strength and conditioning coach for over 14 years working in the private and collegiate sectors. As a collegiate strength coach at Michigan State University, Xavier University and the University of Florida, he assisted with 7 Conference Championships including a National Championship with women’s tennis. 

Since leaving collegiate athletics, Rich has furthered his education and experience by becoming a Level 3 Fascial Stretch Specialist.  This technique is perfect for all people wanting to alleviate pain, improve performance or improve flexibility.  He has helped athletes get back on the field and people with pain get back to normal activity in just a few sessions.

Rich also believes the body gets healthy from the inside-out, so he became a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) Practitioner.  Many people have symptoms such as fatigue, digestive issues and sleep issues and have tried almost everything unsuccessfully.  Most people think that common symptoms are normal; they are not!  As a FDN Practitioner, Rich is a health detective using written assessments and lab work to get to the root of the malfunction instead of treating symptoms.

Rich can be seen giving presentations in the community on flexibility, mobility, nutrition and healing the body from the inside.  He is also a published author writing about strength and conditioning, nutrition and coaching. ▪ Masters in Kinesiology from Michigan State University▪ Bachelors in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology from Ball State University

Misty Hyman

Misty Hyman Misty Hyman, a Phoenix native and Stanford graduate, is best known for her victory at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where she emerged as the underdog to win the 200-meter butterfly. Known as a pioneer in the sport for her innovative underwater dolphin kick, Misty earned 13 US national titles and five NCAA national titles along with numerous other honors.

She's also earned a reputation in the swimming community as a superb instructor and motivational speaker. Her vast knowledge comes from two decades of competitive swimming for two of America's top swim coaches, and her friendly and encouraging personality has made Misty one of the premier swim instructors in the country.