Karen did not really get into fitness until she was 30 years old. She remembers her first visit to a gym as a nerve wracking experience and quite intimidating. But as we so often discover, fear does not equal reality, and Karen actually found that not only did she really enjoy training and the effects upon her body, but that she had a real talent for it, even dare we say it, a competitive streak.
A few years later she qualified to teach exercise classes, gym instruction and personal training, her life since has taken on a whole new direction and meaning, both through work and also in terms of personal satisfaction.
Since 1995 she has competed as a Natural Body Builder and has won an incredible two British Titles. Not only that but she was placed well in the Professional World Finals which is a great result although Karen being Karen is still hungry for a win in this area.
Karen teaches Master Classes both nationally and internationally and her skill and charisma have led her to have worked in the highly competitive arena of TV chat shows and commercials and significantly as a choreographer.
Karen is an excellent example of how to embrace life and live true to who you are without limiting your beliefs. She still teaches, trains and competes and feels fitness has given a real quality to her life which she hopes will inspire others.
- Karen’s tips
* If you don't believe in yourself then no one else will
* Be proud of your passions, how ever odd they seem to others, remember there are always others who are passionate about the same things and these will people will one day become your new friends
* Respect your body
- Proudest moments
British Natural Body Builder twice. Placed well in Professional World Finals
Ã¯Â»Â¿This fitness video with Karen shows us a leg workout with resistance bands that you can take anywhere. Now, Karen is one of our tougher trainers and will work you hard so be prepared to feel the burn and get that fantastic tone and definition that you so long for!!!
Burnin' Up - Jonas Brothers*
Shut Up And Let Me Go - The Ting Tings*
When I Grow Up - The Pussycat Dolls*
* Music recorded by non-original artists
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