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Karen Mirlenbrink

Karen Mirlenbrink - 4 Tips to Pick Your Perfect Trainer
Gym & Training

Pick Your Perfect Trainer: 4 Tips

Are you ready to take the leap into hiring a personal trainer to reach your fitness goals? Hiring a personal trainer is one of the most effective ways to get fit. Though it costs more than a gym membership, personal trainers provide you with…

March 12, 2014
Pilates

Pilates for Life

When you first think of Pilates, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I believe that most people see it as simply exercises that work your abs. Maybe some people think of it a little more broad, like core-focused fitness, but I…

December 10, 2013
Outdoor Adventure Water Sports

I Did It

I just participated in what was probably one of the most significant and empowering experiences of my life. It was so powerful, it has been hard for me to digest it all to write this blog for you, but I am going to give…

November 6, 2013
Karen Mirlenbrink - Pink Streak
Musings & Meditations

Pink Streak

Every October, I put a pink streak in my hair. I usually do it myself, making a mess of me and my bathroom. It’s really noticeable, being that my hair is sun-bleached blonde. I get a kick out of how the people in my…

October 16, 2013
Karen Mirlenbrink - I am Normal
Healthy Inspiration Yoga

I’m Normal

I’ve been told that what makes me unique is that I’m normal. That’s kind of an oxymoron. How can I be unique in that case? Normal is a relative term, and I’ve learned to embrace my normalcy. I’ve learned in my chosen profession, normal…

September 8, 2013
Musings & Meditations

My Boomin’ Fitness Babes

Meet my 8 a.m. “Tone Up –Tone Down” class. I teach this class at the Dunedin Community Center. These ladies inspire me. They come to my class religiously twice a week to have their butts handed to them in boot-camp form. All of them…

July 24, 2013
Karen Mirlenbrink - Set Your Mind To It
Stand Up Paddle

Set Your Mind To It

“Damn girl, you strong like bull!” Those were words screamed at me by my shocked Russian client when she found out that I paddled 31 miles in one race last year. Her reaction has stuck with me and brings a smile to my face…

July 2, 2013
Karen Mirlenbrink - SUPilates
Pilates Stand Up Paddle

SUPilates

I was first introduced to stand up paddleboarding years ago when I was approached to teach Pilates on the board. Having never really paddled a board before, I was amazed to find that the board I was given to “play with” was essentially a…

May 17, 2013
Stand Up Paddle

Why Do You Paddle?

Maybe we should make this question a monthly meditation. But really, why do you? What is it about paddling that keeps you doing it? What has it brought to your life? “Paddling” is a loose word, and I define it as simply that. Paddling.…

March 30, 2013
Karen Mirlenbrink - All or Nothing, or None and Done
Gym & Training

All or Nothing, or None and Done?

In the twelve years I have worked in the fitness industry, I guess you can say I’ve seen it all. From Tae Bo to Atkins, from Zumba to CrossFit, I’ve certainly seen my share of trends come and go. One thing is for sure: no matter what the…

March 22, 2013