In strategic Michelangelo fashion, Karen Yoakum took a hammer and chisel (or in this case, a training split and a meal plan) to really fine tune my physique. In a little over 6 months under her guidance and attentive eye, I lost over 30 lbs and significantly reduced my body fat – oh, and took home first place in my first ever bikini competition! Stride for stride, she was with me every step of the way making the process that much more effective and enjoyable. Aside from contest preparation, I walked away from the experience with healthier habits that have since contributed to a much happier lifestyle and a wonderful friend. It was an absolute honor to work with her and I cannot wait to begin my next contest prep!
The day I saw Karen at the gym, I knew I wanted HER to be my coach! I was inspired by her physique and the way she carried herself. I lost about 20 lbs in just 3 months! Sounds unbelievable right? Later on, I decided I wanted to compete, I went to Karen (duhh) because I trusted her knowledge. Prep was intense, it was a physical and mental challenge. Thankfully, I had Karen! She was always there to support me and motivate me. Even at the competition she was backstage making sure the girls and I were fine, watching us on stage. Words do me no justice to describe how wonderful she is as a person and coach. Thank you Karen for bringing out the best in me. I look forward to working with you again!
Well my scale says I am 148.4lbs. I almost don’t believe it, like it must be wrong. How am I doing less than half the amount of cardio, lifting weights for half the time I used to and eating food I actually like. This is insane. If anyone ever asks what magic pill I use I’m telling them Karen! Haha. But seriously, this is awesome. With my last coach it took twice the amount of time to lose this weight and twice the amount of effort and I was absolutely miserable. Every single week I am so excited for another week now and so happy. I’m going to thank you every single week and it still won’t be enough, haha. Thank you, Karen!
Initially I worked with Karen in October of 2013 because I was impressed by her physique and how fit she was. My goal back then was to gain some muscle mass. It was not until April of 2014 that I decided to take it to the next level and actually compete for the first time in an NPC Bikini Division. I knew I could not do it alone and felt I could trust Karen’s guidance. Competing was one of the hardest goals I have ever accomplished in my life! But as the great coach that she is, Karen was there every step of the way to motivate, encourage, teach and prepare me. I did the best I could to apply every instruction and advice. I was truly blown away on the day of the competition as I saw firsthand the value of her knowledge. Everything she told me proved to be true! Her help in my preparation was truly how I was able to not only get on stage as fit as ever, but also bring home three trophies – one as the Overall Bikini Winner! It was truly an amazing experience and could not have done it without her. Whatever your fitness goals are, Karen can definitely deliver! Not only is she a knowledgeable trainer and true professional, but she genuinely cares and wants her clients to be satisfied! It does not get better than that! Thanks Karen! I look forward to working with you again!
Karen really helped me to achieve the weight loss and physical fitness results I was looking for. She devised a physical workout regimen for my weight loss & fitness goals, and a great food plan tailored specifically to meet my nutritional needs in support of these goals. By adhering to the combined food and workout programs that she created for me each month, I was able to lose over 28 lbs of fat, and also reduced my cholesterol levels too as a result of eating healthier and becoming more fit! Now I have more lean muscle, increased strength and stamina, and feel more energetic throughout the day.
Karen’s professionalism in her commitment to helping me achieve those results was tremendous. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, supportive and motivated me whenever I needed to be motivated. She also always made her herself available throughout the day via email or text, to answer any of my questions regarding the nutritional or physical training aspects of my program, and she was always quick to respond with an answer.
Needless to say, I am extremely happy that I have Karen as my fitness trainer & nutritional coach. I highly recommend Karen to anyone looking to make a positive change in their life by improving their body and fitness levels!