Over the years I have personally struggled with weight management. I definitely understand how difficult it can be to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It took me some time, but I've found what works best for me: A combination of well-balanced eating (no diets), as well as exercise.
I strongly believe in the mind-body connection and that is why I have adopted a holistic approach to health and wellness.
My mission is to help change lives by integrating Mind, Body, and Life; bringing them into Balance.
My favorite client story
There is an 82-year-old lady whose daughter hired me to get her mother more fit and strong, so that is she did happen to fall again, she would be able to get up off the floor. My first day with her, I asked her to get down on the floor (just so I could get an accurate assessment). She was unable to willingly get herself down on the floor. ...so, we worked hard. We did some strength training, balance and mobility training, some bodyweight training, and even a little cardiovascular fitness. After about 5 weeks, this lady was able to get herself down on the floor (completely flat and face down). She was also able to get herself back up without assistance! She could not only do this once, but 3-4 times in a row. I think that was my most rewarding moment!!!
My favorite exercise
I love running! Most of the time, I don't even listen to music while I run... I call it my running meditation.
My favorite quote
"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
-- Albert Einstein
My training philosophy
Beginners Mind is something that resonates strongly with me. It basically means meeting yourself where you are at today... The body changes and is different from one day to the next; stress can also have an impact on the body. Approach each day and each situation as if it is the first time that you are doing it. Stay present in the moment; the Here & Now... What I expect is 100% effort.
My training experience
Age is not a factor, when training with me. I work with anyone who is willing to put the effort in and at least try. I don't expect perfection. What I do expect is effort. I'm here to keep clients accountable and motivated.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Weight Loss
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Injury Prevention
- Stress Reduction
NCCA Accredited Certifications
MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Who I Especially Like Working With
Bariatric, Beginners, Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, Disabled, Law Enforcement, Military, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Runners, Seniors
Medical Conditions Experience
Addiction, Anxiety, Back Pain/Issues, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypertension, Knee Pain/Issues, Obesity
Additional Languages Spoken
Training Areas Served
In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training
Karla is phenomenal!! She has done wonders working with my mom (who is 82) and I wish we could work with her forever. I was trying to get my mom strong enough physically and mentally to actually go somewhere during the day so she could be around people rather than spending each day alone and Karla accomplished that. Karla encourages my mom to challenge herself while at the same time being caring and encouraging. In addition, she's very knowledgeable and from day 1, she walked in "with a plan" for my mom. Today is my mom's first day at our local YMCA, which provides a "community" of other seniors. I'm so grateful to Karla - her demeanor was perfect for us, she's kind, very knowledgeable, challenging, motivating and just a wonderful person. We feel lucky to have found her.
Karla was very professional. She listened and I’m sure will come up with a program that will work well for me. She gave me two doable tasks for the days before we meet again.