Kara’s passion is fitness and to promote overall health/wellness. Her goal is to inspire others to this through a fun, active and health/balanced lifestyle! Kara has worked as a healthcare professional, (still hold a valid Dental Hygiene licence) and healthcare consultant in various corporate capacities. She has been active all her life with a lifeguarding/swim instructor and group fitness instructor background. Kara has completed eleven international Ironman triathlon events; qualified for the Kona IM World Championship and Boston Marathon. Although, she has completed these high level events, she is committed to helping the average individual achieve their fitness goals and especially committed to helping those hindered by medical conditions get into a positive healthy and active lifestyle. Kara has also been compromised by her share of injuries that initially sidelined her, but she now worked back into a more moderate but very active and healthy lifestyle!
Her experience highlights:
- How to incorporate fitness around a personal and work life
- Understanding the drawbacks to over training and psychological and physical health risks of not training
- Emphasis on incorporating fitness into a fun lifestyle
- Most of all, she is a compassionate individual and committed to help others experience the positive benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle!
Kara’s specialty is medical fitness. Medical Fitness professionals help make the transition from medical management and/or physical therapy to a regular physical activity program following a surgery, an injury, a medical diagnosis or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. As a medical fitness professional, Kara is an active member of the Medical Fitness Network. MFN provides a free national fitness and healthcare referral service to those with (chronic) medical conditions, pre & postnatal care (and everyone else!) www.MedicalFitnessNetwork.org
Kara is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. An ACE Personal Trainer Certification was created to help health and fitness professionals deliver the type of individual programs needed to adopt long term healthy behavior. As the only NCCA-accredited certification of its kind, The American Council on Exercise (www.acefitness.org) is the largest nonprofit fitness certification and education provider in the world. Widely recognized as “America’s Authority on Fitness,” ACE continually sets standards and protects the public against unqualified fitness professionals and unsafe or ineffective fitness products, programs and trends.
Kara is an Alberta Certified Fitness Leader. The AFLCA, established in 1984, was the first organization of its kind in Canada. It is nationally and internationally affiliated through the National Fitness Leadership Alliance and ICREPS. This ensures leading practice, certification transferability, and professional recognition. Certification ensures a high standard of quality and consistent delivery of programs and services to participants across the fitness industry. AFLCA certification ensures that you are among the best and most highly qualified in your profession.
Kara maintains current CPR/AED Certifications and first aid certifications.
She is an accomplished Cyclist with Adventure Cycling Certification, and “Spin” Cycling Instructor Certifications from Johnny G and Precision Cycling.
Kara is also happy to share her expertise as a swimmer, to hone skills or simply make individuals more comfortable in the water.
Exercise Physiology and Mental Health; ACE Continuing Education Dec 2015
Exercise and Health Benefits to High and Low Carb Diets; ACE Continuing Education Nov 2015
Creating A Wellness Model; ACE Continuing Education Oct 2015
Glycemic Index and Exercise; ACE Continuing Education Sept 2015
Advocating for Health and Fitness Professionals in Changing Face of Health; ACE Continuing Education Aug 2015
Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease; Human Kinetics Certification, July 2015
Exercise for Hip and Knee Replacement; Human Kinetics Certification, July 2015
Exercise and Arthritis; Human Kinetics Certification, June 2015
Model for Exercise Progression Design; ACE Continuing Education June 2015
Exercise and Diabetes; Human Kinetics Certification, April 2015
Speed and Agility; ACE Continuing Education April 2015
Exercise and Breast Cancer Recovery; Human Kinetics Certification, March 2015
3D Approach to Finding Nutritional Balance; ACE Continuing Education Jan 2015