Author: Karen Mirlenbrink

  • Karen Mirlenbrink - 4 Tips to Pick Your Perfect Trainer
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    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 accountability, regular workouts, a regimented fitness plan, and motivation to keep…

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    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 have found that little is known about the foundations and history…

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    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 it my best shot. In September, I crossed the Moloka’i Channel….

  • Karen Mirlenbrink - Pink Streak
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    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 Southern conservative town look at me with it. They can’t really…

  • Karen Mirlenbrink - I am Normal
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    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 is overrated. So often we see fitness professionals that are tall,…

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    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 as old as my mom, they show up early and ready…

  • Karen Mirlenbrink - Set Your Mind To It
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    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 every time I think about it. It’s not just because of…

  • Karen Mirlenbrink - SUPilates
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    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 floating yoga mat. It was wide, flat, stable, and it even…

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    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. It doesn’t matter what I paddle; I just have been doing…

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