After completing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Archaeology and a post-graduate diploma in Education at the University of Cape Town, Karen went on to complete a post graduate diploma in communications at Charles Sturt University.
Whilst embarking on her university studies, Karen also completed various certificates and diplomas in the fitness arena. For the past 28 years, she has had industry experience as a personal trainer, fitness counselor, group fitness instructor and fitness journalist – having written a regular fitness column for the Daily Telegraph.
For 13 years, Karen held the position of Group Fitness Manager and Cluster Group Fitness Manager for Fitness First Australia.
Her passion for training and sharing her experience with other instructors has resulted in her spending the past 16 years presenting convention sessions and training workshops throughout Australia, NZ, Asia, Africa, Canada and the US.
Karen also played an integral part in the successful development and running of the Fitness First Finishing First instructor development program.
From 2015, Karen took on the role of Executive Assistant for Inside 80 Performance and then Next Evolution Performance Australia where she continues to be the ‘Captain of Logistics’ – looking after the day to day to operations of the business and keeping a sharp eye on Vanessa’s whereabouts.
Karen is based in Sydney, Australia.