"Karen's encouragement, wisdom, knowledge about physical and mental health, and positive outlook have stayed with me through the years and helped me in my  quest to become a better person. I have to say there has never been a  fitness class or instructor that has affected me more."

Lisa, graphic artist

"Karen is addicting! I continue to sign up for her classes again and again."

Dex, young professional

"Karen creates an atmosphere in class that makes everyone push themselves and each other no matter their fitness levels…all while having fun. I have never felt more comfortable trying new things."

Tamara, college student

"Miss Karen's classes are always dynamic!  You never know what routine she's going to pull out of her hat.  Great workout with lots of fun and camaraderie...she really rocks!!"

Judi, docent and passionate hiker

"Karen doesn’t just give you a kick-butt workout, she also makes working out a fun and culturally-stimulating experience."

Abby, college student

"Working with Karen is like backpacking through Europe with a whole lot of espresso!"

Brandon, world traveler and college student

"Karen is the best instructor I have ever had...But best of all she makes it fun."

Ruth, airline employee and grandmother of three

"She's inspiring, nurturing, knowledgeable (I think she's brilliant!), energetic (she's a human dynamo!), fun, creative, encouraging and accessible. 
She also taught my two oldest sons when they were playing team sports in high school...teaching them the correct methodology for weight lifting, etc.  They are now in their mid to late twenties and still use the knowledge that she shared."

Kathy, mother and professional

"[Because of Karen's classes] I look and feel better than I have in a long time." 


"Karen encourages you to work at your own speed yet always try to exceed….she is patient, kind, and understanding. She makes class fun with her positive energy and not only instructs her students but makes her class into a family."

Michele, college student

"So often when I have taken fitness classes I did them because I knew in the long run I'd be better off. But with Karen's classes, I actually looked forward to going, and although I was physically exhausted at the end, I was sorry to leave."

Daniel, currently training to pass the Marine Corps Fitness Test

Students circling up after one of
Karen's fitness classes

Karen leading an exercise class
at Coconino Community College

Karen teaching a Kickboxing class
at Northern Arizona University

Karen's Bollywood Class performs
their newest choreography

Copyright Rachel S. Thurston 2007. All rights reserved.
Last Updated June 25, 2009

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