Meet the Staff


Christopher (Chris) Litten

B.S. Business Marketing NSCA, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Certified Personal Trainer, Level 2 Precision Nutrition Coach, FMS I &II Level Certified, Functional Aging Specialist

BodyBasics founder and Fitness Coach, Chris Litten, has a B.S. in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as both a personal trainer and as a strength and conditioning specialist. Chris is also a certified Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach as well as a certified Functional Aging Specialist. He has been working as a professional fitness coach since December of 1994 and has been a part of healthy change to countless people. Chris takes an intellectual approach to fitness and combines his various skill sets with the wants and desires of his clients to produce incredible outcomes.

When he’s not educating and inspiring others toward positive change, Chris enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Kristine, and two beautiful children who inspire him every day to be a better person.


Kris Litten

Business Manager, B.A. Communications

Kris Litten is the co-founder of BodyBasics Health and Fitness.  Together with her husband Chris Litten (yes, Kris and Chris) they created a unique personal training studio focused on improving the quality of life for the young hearted in Tucson.

She moved to Tucson when she was 2 years old and has been here since.  She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Communications. Kris spent 25 years working in the hospitality industry with a focus in sales and marketing.  During those years she earned several national awards. She also pursued professional growth beyond what was asked of her by attaining her CMP designation (Certified Meeting Professional) a rare distinction for a sales professional to have. During her decades as a sales expert she also gained skills in organization, outside sales, managing budgets and developing marketing plans.  She is excited to use these skills to grow BodyBasics through managing its operations and marketing.

When Kris is not working her sole focus is her family.  She loves taking care of her two kids, Natalie and Josh, and her husband Chris.  Being active in her kid’s lives and watching them grow brings her great joy.  Her favorite escape away from Tucson is the beach!


Myrya Ruiz

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, FMS I & II Certified

Myrya grew up most of her childhood in Patagonia, then moved to Tucson at the end of high school. Growing up she always had a passion for sports and exercise. That is what started her out on the path to be a personal trainer. She earned her  Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and is a certified personal trainer through ACSM. Myrya is driven to all help people achieve happiness in exercise and movement. She believes with the right help and techniques anyone can start on the road to a healthier lifestyle, and she strives to provide that service.

When she is not working she enjoys being with her family and friends. She also likes camping, hiking, and traveling. Hobbies are basketball and watching the Wildcats win.


Kristian Martorana

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer,

Kristian is a Tucson native who attended Canyon Del Oro High School.  As a young child he was introduced to sports, primarily baseball which kept him busy and active.  After graduating from high school, Kristian attended the U of A with the intention of attending medical school.  After his first year, Kristian realized medicine was not his passion and decided to take a year off school to decide what he wanted to do.  With his active background he decided to explore personal training and attended the Pima Community College Fitness Professional program.  He loved the program and decided to continue on the path of becoming a personal trainer.  Kristian feels lucky to have found out what he really wants to do at such a young age.  He strives to continue learning as much as possible to be the best trainer he can be.

When Kristian is not training, he enjoys playing sports, hiking and spending time with friends and family.


Lance Thiele

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, M. S. Kinesiology, Certified Orthotist

Lance joins the BodyBasics team after spending over 18 years in the health and wellness arena.  After graduating from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and a minor in Exercise Science, Lance went on to Southeastern Louisiana University where he earned his M.S. in Kinesiology.  Furthering his education, Lance completed his certification in Orthotics.

Lance spent several years as an athletic trainer at the university level and also at Gary Grey Physical Therapy.  For the past 9 years, he has been working as a certified orthotist in the mid-west and Tucson areas.  This past July he earned his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  He is very excited about continuing on in the health and wellness arena as a personal trainer.

Outside the gym, Lance enjoys being outdoors camping.


Rachel Colbus

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, B.A. English Literature, M.A. Management

Rachel is originally from Orlando, Florida, but lived all over the world during her time in the Air Force. She retired in Tucson and decided this was the perfect place to call home. Rachel has always been physically active but was never interested in making a career in the fitness industry until a few years ago when she started training a friend who was a beginning runner. This experience inspired her to want to help more people achieve their health and wellness goals. So, she attended the Pima Community College Fitness Professional program and was certified as a personal trainer through ACSM. Rachel has always enjoyed coaching and motivating people and is truly passionate about helping people change their lives.

When Rachel isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her sons, hiking, running, traveling and

finding new adventures.


Mike McDowell

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, B.S. Environmental Science,

Mike recently relocated to   Tucson after more than 30 years as an environmental scientist and small business owner in Seattle, Washington. He has been active throughout his life with a variety of sports and activities including gymnastics in high school, rock climbing, mountaineering, and river rafting during his college years. He practiced Aikido for more than 10 years and has been a dedicated gym rat for many years. He has worked with personal trainers for most of the last 10 years and when looking for a career transition decided to pursue helping others transform their lives as his trainers did for him. Mike got his certification in May 2016 and has been working with clients since then. He is excited about joining the BodyBasics team and continuing to learn and grow in helping clients achieve their fitness goals.

Outside the gym, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife of 34 years, Suzanne, and keeping in touch with the lives of his two grown children. He also enjoys walking and hiking with his dog, astronomy, and faceting gem stones.

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