is Karin Yehling?
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from California
State University Fullerton
- 11 years in physical therapy field
- A Personal Trainer since 1991
- Certified Personal Trainer w/ American Council on Exercise
- Certified Personal Trainer w/ National Academy of Sports
- Sports Fitness Specialist w/ National Academy of Sports
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist w/ National
Strength & Conditioning Assn. (CSCS)
"Your Health is Your Best Investment."
Health, fitness and sports have been a staple in my life
since I can remember. As a child, I played any sport that involved
a ball; basketball, tennis, softball, football etc. On the playground
I was always running around playing tag, hopscotch or climbing the
monkey bars. I played basketball and softball thru high school.
I continued on with softball, playing first at Palomar Community
College. I then played Division 1 softball at Cal State Fullerton.
I ended my junior year, and my college career, on the operating
room table with my third shoulder surgery. This was the turning
point that defined my professional life as a personal trainer. I
went thru over 1 year of physical therapy on my shoulder. That experience
led me into the field where I worked as a Physical Therapy Aide
for 11 years. During this time I acquired skills and knowledge beyond
what any books and classes could have taught me. I found a niche
in working with people with injuries or who are trying to bridge
the gap between the rehabilitation environment and the gym. In addition,
my comfort in working with the senior population seems to be second-nature
have now been a certified personal trainer since 1991. I have broadened
my scope of practice by including a certification in strength and
conditioning. I feel this is a good combination to include those
clients who are competitive athletes or those who want to train
like one. I hold 5 different training certifications; all with different
philosophies. These bases of knowledge combined with the foundation
of physical therapy practices and my own athletic involvement have
given me the well-rounded philosophies to truly call myself a professional.
WHAT SEPARATES ME FROM OTHER TRAINERS:
makes me different than the other personal trainers out there?
have worked in many different gym environments, so I was able to
do a little on-the-job research to answer this question.
The first few characteristics have to do with safety: I will always
provide you with the benefit of my education, attention to detail
and undivided. I will also elaborate on my listening skills, my
ego-check-at-the-door attitude, patience, reliability
= SAFETY. My education not only came from the classroom but
also from working hands-on with my mentors, who are Physical Therapists.
Ive always believed that if you want to better yourself, you
need to be around people that know more than you. If you can put
your ego aside, youll learn from these people. Thats
what I did by working in the physical therapy field for 11 years.
I still contact these mentors (friends) when I have a question.
I continually go to classes to better my knowledge of training and
to keep abreast of new information. I read established journals
and health magazines. I have also received certifications from the
most recognized personal training certification agencies.
TO DETAIL = SAFETY. Many exercises must be done with perfect
form to be regarded as safe and effective. I make sure my clients
do their exercises properly by watching and cueing, both visually
and verbally. If a client cant do it correct, he/she doesnt
do it at all.
ATTENTION = SAFETY. I once had a client tell me that she used
to watch all the trainers at the gym and because I was the only
one who truly paid attention to their client, she chose me as her
trainer. When a client pays money, the very least we can do as trainers
is give them our undivided attention. Isnt this a nice built-in
I work occasionally with doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors.
Im confident enough in what I do and my abilities to convey
it to one of these professionals. When necessary, its nice
to be able to discuss a client with his/her doctor to find the best
way to approach a problem. I think if the entire medical field worked
this way, better results would be achieved.
I have spent much of my career working with seniors. My work with
them continues to this day. What I have come to understand is this:
their bodies do not adapt to workouts or recover from them as they
used to. Nor do a lot of people in the training, conditioning and
therapy fields take time to understand their physiology in this
regard. This includes the healing process and strength gains. I
try to instill in my senior clients the need to be patient with
their training program to avoid injury. If they are injured or coming
off an illness, it simply takes longer to recover than it did 10,
20 or 30 years ago.
have found seniors to be the most realistic group of people to train
because their goals are practical and attainable.
I listen to what my clients want to achieve with their fitness program.
This includes not only going over their programs, but also addressing
any fears they may harbor, along with current or recent injuries
or illnesses. We work together to make our time together fun and
safe while keeping our eyes on the ultimate goal.
Not only do I have the physical therapy background but I also participated
in athletics for most of my life, often at the national level. Ive
worked extensively with seniors, those with orthopedic issues, low-functioning
adults, and athletes. My certifications are from an abundant number
of philosophies and Im comfortable giving nutritional coaching.
I can train a person in a wheelchair or an athlete wanting to develop
power to jump higher or run faster.
I show up to my appointments on time