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"When I contacted Kara I was overweight, on high blood pressure medicine,and so sad from starting and stopping quick weight-loss programs . My grand plan was to lose a TON of weight in 3 months then be DONE! Ha!
Each month , Kara planned a workout that challenged me physically and mentally ...there were push-ups and pull-ups ,high intensity intervals ,weights and core strengthens (with no sit-ups) all the programs were adapted to my ability .The results? I am down 25lbs.,off my blood pressure medicine,and best of all, a new confidence and pride in my new healthy, strong body.
I still have work to do. I will never be "all done"- that is one important lesson Kara has taught me . Taking care of yourself is a life long job !
It has been an honor to train and work with Kara . She has changed my life forever, and I am so very thankful! Thank-you Kara!"
“Kara is so wonderful to work with. She helped me find the energy and motivation to reclaim my body after having babies, something I thought might never happen. She helped me find ways to fit working out into my busy schedule, and as a result, I lost 5 inches on my waist in just three months! I am visibly stronger and have more energy to keep up with my kids. I have started running again after a 5 year hiatus, and I can fit into clothes that I thought I would have to throw away. Kara is just wonderful at both getting results and helping clients change their lives, so that fitness becomes a part of everything that you do. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful and challenging workouts that helped feel good about myself and my body again!"
"I would absolutely recommend Kara to anyone looking to get overall healthier. She does a fantastic job at tailoring a personal workout for you and answering any questions you may have. She has really helped me with my eating habits and has held me accountable for myself. I will use the knowledge I have gained to keep going to achieve my new goals." -Jordan Lovejoy
"Kara is truly an excellent trainer. She is the perfect combination of tough and warmth. She has shown me that working out does not have to be daunting. It’s hard work but she has shown me how to effectively work out and get the most out of my workouts. Her warm & caring personality along with her cheerful demeanor always make me feel like someone is cheering for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone at any fitness level."
"I knew when we started that there were some things that I needed to work on, but I wasn't really clear on what I should do. Kara made me take a realistic look at where I was and helped me to get on the path to where I want to be. I also appreciated the fact that Kara encouraged one change at a time. I can feel overwhelmed and defeated when taking on too much. She reminded me that change takes time."
- Stephanie Koenig
"I'd recommend Kara and FIT Personal training to anyone looking to improve their health, whether you're already fit, or just getting started. Kara offers personalized training that fits you. I have learned so much in just the three short months I got to work with Kara. She gave me the confidence I needed to get into that weight room, and the workouts she customized for me where always fun and challenging. She is full of praise and recognizes even tiny accomplishments. I am so thankful to have had the privilege to work with Kara and FIT!!!" -Sarah Sprecher
"Kara is a truly excellent trainer. She is the perfect combination of tough and warm and she works with the whole person -- mentally, emotionally and physically. Because of her efforts, I am stronger and more flexible after a back injury. I have better balance, have lost my fear of working out and most importantly, working out has become fun . I recommend her without reservation."- Sneha Jain
"I signed up with Kara because I needed someone to keep me accountable, as I am terrible at being accountable to myself! Kara has been a game changer in my quest for weight loss and to become an overall healthier person. Kara checks in with me on days I am not meeting with her to see how I am doing and she also keeps tabs on my food journal and gives me thumbs up for what I am doing well and pointers and tips on what I could do better. With her help I have lost weight, but most importantly she has given me the confidence and skills to understand how to move forward on my journey staying healthy and active. I am so thankful for Kara, her support and positive attitude have changed the way I think and I believe this change in attitude is what is keeping my momentum forward. There are many lessons I have learned from Kara, but I think the most important is that she reminds me that every day is a fresh start and there is no such thing as failure, just as long as I keep working at it." -Krista Sholes
There is no "TYPICAL" client at FIT.....that's one thing that I love about my work! I work with young teenagers, 20 and 30-somethings, stay-at-home moms, athletes, senior citizens and MORE! Men AND women! Everything is adapted to that person's needs and goals. Everyone has work to do and we always will... The common theme is that I provide guidance and accountability for you. We're in this together!
Read what some of my current and past clients have to say-
"I started my journey with Kara 4 weeks ago and I have already had some great results! 5 inches lost in the first couple of weeks! And I did not have to starve myself or count every calorie that I consumed! No magic pills or the latest fad diet! This is real food and a new way of life! She gives great advice and tips for a healthier lifestyle even in today's busy times. And the results naturally rub off on the entire family! My only regret is not meeting with Kara long ago!"
"The first parting words of advice Kara gave me after our initial consultation were "Eat more food." So I did. 3 weeks later, I had lost almost as much weight as I had lost in the previous 6 months of regular exercise! Since then, we continue to add new goals and the weight just keeps dropping off. She's been supportive; she's the voice in my head that reminds me that life changes don't have to be hard when you tackle them one at a time. I am no longer hungry, nor do I feel deprived! I just feel good! She is straight forward, accessible, and informative- everything you want in a nutrition coach. Her group training at the studio and RPE are some of my favorite workouts! Small changes = big results with Kara!!" -Jodie Meurer
"Before working with Kara, I knew the basic principles of how to stay fit, but needed help creating a fitness program and sticking with it. In the 2 years working with her, I gained strength and lost inches, and was able to stay fit and healthy through a pregnancy!
Kara has the amazing ability to create a dynamic workout plan personalized for each client with challenging, but achievable goals. She realizes the importance of incorporating all aspects of fitness into the workout plan- not just weight training and cardio, but also flexibility, nutrition, and mind/body wellness. . I love that she is super flexible and able modify workouts to wherever I want to be: my home, her studio, the gym, or even outside. She is also great about checking in and accountability, to make sure you stay on track.
One aspect of Kara's training which I enjoy and think is very unique, is that she organizes health/fitness related outings and fun contests; these outings and contests not only help her clients stay engaged and on track with their programs, but also helps them feel like part of a community.
Finally, Kara is not only a great trainer, but she is also a genuniely nice person. Her fun, easy going, friendly personality creates a comfortable atmosphere which makes workouts fun. You can see Kara's passion for fitness throuth the energy and enthusiams she brings to each session. She is enthusiastically commited to her work, and ultimately her clients, and that definitely shows.
I highly recommend Kara as a personal trainer!"
"Kara and I went to high school together, and have stayed in touch over the years. I participated in sports in junior high and high school, but always had a BMI in the overweight range. I decided to join Weight Watchers after having my daughter, who is now 10, and reached my goal weight after about 6 months on the program. Over the years, I stopped tracking my food intake and didn't exercise regularly, so I gained back all but nine pounds of my original weight loss. A year ago, I recommitted to Weight Watchers and again reached my goal weight. Even though I was happy with the number on the scale, I wanted to strength and tone by body so I wasn't so "jiggly" when I moved around. I also wanted a plan for how to maintain this weight loss. Losing weight is difficult for me, and I don't want to have to go through this process again.
I had watched Kara's business grow over the past few years, so I contacted her to see if she would be interested in training me remotely because I live in Iowa City, Iowa. I have been thrilled with Kara's program. She is very attentive to my questions, and is always motivating me to push myself toward my fitness and nutrition goals. As the weather has warmed up and the summer clothes have come out, I have gotten so many compliments on my newly toned arms and legs. If you are willing to put the time and effort in, Kara will help you get the results you are looking for." -Traci Wagner