Fit Club For WomenTeam Member: Karla

Studio Manager

What made you decide to become a personal trainer?

I danced throughout my life and in college I was working towards my degree when a car accident ended my dancing career. I was devastated but during my recovery I met some incredible people who helped me heal and one Pilates instructor in particular took the time to explain to me why certain movement patterns kept re-aggravating my injuries. She inspired me to get my personal training certification, share the love of movement, and to truly take the time to explain movement patterns to prevent injury.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Marin County?

I grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, a suburb just outside of Portland and moved to Marin County my junior year of high school – Go Giants! I've always wanted to live in California and I think Marin is the perfect place to live.

How long have you been training and where did you get started?

I have been training just under a decade. I started with teaching dance and briefly coached the dance team at Marin Catholic. I later taught barre classes, Pilates, boot camp, personal 1-on-1 training, but small group training really is the sweet spot because you have the energy of the group and the ability to give focus to each person.

What do you like most about working at Fit Club For Women?

The members, the staff, the love under this roof is incredible – the women here truly are family! The community events are always a blast and I love that I get to share my passion of movement and fitness with meal recipes and nutrition each day. It's hardly work when we have so much fun!

What exercises do you enjoy the most (for yourself)?

I LOVE planks, burpees, squats, and lunges. Finding a fun way to incorporate rhythm or dance into the workout MAKES it for me!

What would we be surprised to know about you?

Oh my goodness – I cheated during my swim lessons as a little girl and don't know how to swim! Also, I played the violin for 8 years.

What do you like to do when you are outside of the studio?

Hike, dance, COOK, and host get togethers to feed friends and family.

What fitness certifications have you acquired?

National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialization, & Buti Yoga Certification. (Not fitness, but) AFPA Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach. CPR and AED certified.