I had met Karen back in 2012, she was training a few clients at my fathers gym, and I immediately liked her. She was very kind to everyone, and I could see she was a professional while I watched her with her clients. About 4 months ago I had seen her posting before and after pictures of her clients and it finally allowed me the courage to talk with her.
I was at a low point, I had a bad back, I was over weight, and I was finally ready to take a leap of faith and try and help myself. Once again, she was as pleasant as ever, and she was very genuine in her enthusiasm for my well being and for my desire to change my life.
Once we began, everything was laid out for me; from my diet, to supplements, to cardio, to weight training.. I didn’t have to think about anything. I was completely taken into consideration as well. She asked my what I like to eat, what I don’t like to eat, when I like to work out, and what I like to work out. She was very cautious of my back, and she was always available if you needed to speak with her.
The great thing about Karen, is how much she cares. I’ve been around trainers my entire adult life. To be a good trainer you need to be aware of people, you need to be able to read people and be able to know how to approach a subject. Telling someone their flaws is a delicate matter, and she handles it very well. She wont lie to you, and she does that because she cares.
It’s easy to tell someone they’re doing well when they’re not, just to make them feel good. Karen will save a compliment for when you’ve earned it, all the while encouraging you to get there. Even after my competition was over, she reached out to give me feedback and to say some very sweet things. Whether you want to compete or want a trainer to help get you in the best shape of your life… Karen’s who you’ll want. You won’t find her wasting your time, and I can’t thank her enough for changing my life, and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to try competing again in the future with her.
Karen and I met many years ago while I was on a cookie cutter competition team. I was seeing minimal results and was treated like a number. My figure preparation workouts and diets were the same as the bikini girls and were not tailored to me like I was told. Now years later, and a 14 months post baby, I decided to contact Karen to train under her. Karen has been so helpful, understanding, and makes me feel like I am important. Throughout my 13 weeks we spoke very often, and when my 13 weeks was coming to an end we spoke every day multiple times a day. She made me feel that I mattered and like I was also her friend. My journey with her in a new division, women’s physique, was incredible. I placed 1st in two divisions, overall, and was nationally qualified in my first show. I went to nationals Miami the following weekend with Karen and placed in top 10 for my very first national show and with 14 weeks of training. Karen told me I made her proud and she was so encouraging when I was the least bit negative. Overall my experience with Karen was amazing, she has changed my life, and I can’t wait to do my next show with her. I recommend her to all women with the will power to compete!
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!