Member Since: Genesis, though not a true “regular” until Summer 2017.
Goals (achieved and striving for):
My biggest goal achieved so far is being able to do a pull-up. I’m up to 3-4 but would like to be able to bang out 10. Secretly, I’ve always wanted to be able to do a split… but probably need to get to more movement classes to achieve that.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, dance, shooting, gardening.
Food: I love to eat pretty much everything but would have to say sitting around a table full of steamed seafood picking and eating with friends and family is my favorite.
Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Or, on a dark day, anything by Charles Bukowski. He’s raw and crass but real.
Place to visit: Any place with sunshine.
Ice Cream flavor: Coffee
Olympic Sport to watch: Does the opening ceremony count? … though, I would love to try the biathalon.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments since joining?
Though the tangible goal of being able to do pull-ups is a big accomplishment after never being able to do them as a kid or teen in gym class, keeping up with all the superhero women week after week in the conditioning classes on Tues and Thurs mornings (and enjoying it!) is an accomplishment.
What’s something in the fitness world that you have changed your mind about?
It’s not all about the calorie burn. Before CP I was all about how may calories can I burn in the short time I have to workout. That line of thinking just lead to injury and boredom. Strength training will not give you a thick neck and being strong is useful. I like being useful.
How do you motivate others?
I’m not sure I’m a very good cheerleader but I’m present and consistent and maybe that could somehow motivate others to get out of bed and show up. “If that Karmen chick can do it, I have no excuses!”
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My mom is the most regimented, devote, consistent, and thoughtful person I know. Growing up and watching her morning routine of exercise, prayer, meditation, self-study and how that set the tone for her day has lead me to desire that structure and time for self reflection.
How do you evaluate success?
In the midst of a busy day, it’s hard to recognize what success is, but I do know if I go home at the end of the day and feel good, there was something within that day that was successful.
How has joining Coastal changed your life?
CP has given me that much needed “Third Space”. Though I work only steps away, I get transformed when I walk through those double doors into the vast space that teases me with daily challenges. I forget the worries that kept me up the night before, and for that hour I get to be in tune with my breath and the challenges my body accepts. Best of all, I get to be with some great people who motivate me to be a better person and get up and do it all again the next day.
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Frederick Buechner
If it wasn’t for CP, I would probably still be doing the same set of exercise videos for the millionth time that I use to do daily, with wrong form and with my eye on the clock wishing for it to be over. I look forward to starting each day with our trainers and knowing my hour with them, and the rest of the great people I get to work out with, will set a positive tone for the rest of my day. Every class, I learn something new from our trainers. They recognize my weaknesses and how to challenge me but keep me safe. Knowing what they have done for me, I can without hesitation, refer even the most challenging patient to them for coaching, knowing they will be in the best of care.