"I played sports through high school
and college, but in my thirties I became 60 pounds overweight
and developed asthma. In my mid forties I was ashamed
to be much less fit than 70 year olds I saw dancing, and
I realized that I had to do something. I didn't have the
discipline to work out on my own and I knew I needed help
to safely get fit. So I meet with Karin three times a
week, and I cannot believe how I have improved. I am back
to college weight, and Karin's functioning tests show
that I now move like a firefighter fifteen years younger
than I am. I get personal, customized attention from Karin,
and I appreciate that she cleans the equipment in her
private gym facility after each use! I have regained my
health and I have Karin to thank for it."
~ Sherre L.
known Karin for about 10 years. A
highly motivating trainer, she will put you through a
fantastic functional training session that will be challenging
and designed to fit your fitness level.
me, Karin knows that I love being challenged. I was a
hard core weightlifter for years. In my younger days,
my leg presses were 860 lbs. Yes, I love a good challenge.
Karin can have me sweating in no time flat. My heart rate
will be reaching cardio level and I'm not killing myself
doing hard core weightlifting anymore.
training is the best. Nowadays, I enjoy horseback riding
and I need to be strong without any stiffness. Functional
training will keep you fit without the bulky muscles.
is a qualified trainer. Her experience is superior to
what I have seen in a larger gym. The training facility
is clean, has plenty of parking spaces and is well located
in West Hills. You
should come and try it sometime!"
~ Carole Rodin
I was referred to Karin by a friend in 2007. I wasn't
really into exercising but I decided to give her a try.
I'm so glad I did. She makes working out fun and I actually
look forward to my sessions. I definitely see an improvement
in my strength and stamina. She really knows how to keep
you motivated. She kicks your butt...in a good way :)
~ Tonie O.
have trained with this trainer for many years and I credit
her with maintaining my strength and weight, and reminding
me of my nutritional needs. If you are a personal training
first timer or have tried it before, I highly suggest
you give it a try."
Okay, I have
had to face the fact that I don't work out unless I
have a trainer. The nice thing is that this gym has
a small group rate per session that is very low, and yet
Karin still personalizes the exercises for each of us.
She calls if I don't show up, too. We do functional fitness,
which means we do all sorts of different exercises with
our body weight, or with weights, or TRX straps, or ropes,
weighted balls, pulleys and weights, and other stuff.
In a one hour session we do five different sets of six
different exercises quickly, with a minute rest between
sets, plus warmup before and stretch afterwards. It's
always changing, it's a good workout, and I feel so much
more strong and flexible, and happy. Karin is also really
sharp - she spotted I was dragging during some workouts,
and asked me what I had been eating. After enough times
I got it - eating too many sweets or cereal the day before
caused it. Now I pay more attention to what I eat, and
I feel better for it. I would have NEVER connected those
several private "personal trainer" sessions as
a gift about 3 years ago and was referred to Karin, the
owner of Function First Fitness. I was 48 years old at the
time and in okay shape. I have always been athletic, but
have a few physical issues that need to be considered as
I exercise. Karin started me out with private sessions to
really get to know my body's strengths and weaknesses. Her
goal was to find a challenging work out that would not injure
me. One might think this should be the goal of all personal
trainers, but it definitely had not been my experience in
After my private
sessions, I was moved into a class which was much more economical
and enabled me to continue to exercise several times a week.
Karin considers the physical challenges of each member of
the class each week when creating our workout stations.
We all use most of the equipment, just in different ways.
I would recommend
Function First Fitness to anyone looking for a small gym
atmosphere with a knowledgeable and qualified trainer who
charges affordable prices and truly cares about her clients."
"I've started going here a couple of
weeks ago and I can already tell that I made the right choice
in going here. Karin is a pleasure to work with. She is
also the ultimate professional, a real credit to her profession.
I was impressed that the first thing I was asked to do was
fill out a form that went over all of my medical conditions/history,
and meds. And diet was also addressed during my sessions.
Always important, but especially for me, because I have
multiple serious medical conditions and am taking meds for
them. These things are frequently overlooked by so many
other trainers who use a one-size-fits-all approach. I have
been through years of physical therapy and I have already
learned everything the hospital's physical therapists could
think of to show me that was appropriate for my back health
and arthritis in my hands. Now I realize that while they
weren't bad, they didn't know near as much as Karin does.
In just 3 sessions, I have doubled that information! I already
have a home routine tailored just for my specific needs,
and I know I'm on the right track. BTW, I'm a generally
healthy person these days despite my issues, and I was looking
for someone to take me to the next level and guide me in
getting to perfect health and to not only tone my body so
it not only looks good, but makes me truly healthier and
help me keep feeling better physically. I know from experience
that the better shape my body is in, the less my arthritic
hand pain bothers me. If you're at all concerned about being
truly healthy, stop going to those meat-market bars (oops,
I mean gyms) and gung-ho personal trainers who just want
to show you who's boss, and come here. No matter where your
health is at right now, good or bad, this is the place to
go to improve yourself. Very reasonable pricing as well.
You really couldn't ask for more."
is awesome! I came to her after shattering my knee which
had me laid up for 7 months. I was barely walking when she
started working with me. I credit her for being able to
climb a flight of stairs today. She's very knowledgable
and knows exactly the perfect pace needed and makes it a
blast at the same time. My appointments with her are the
only reason I workout. I'd never make to the gym otherwise.
~ Renee R.
I reviewed FFF for the first time a year ago and Karen
asked me why I had only given it 4 stars. Was I not pleased?
My response was that not enough time had passed for a
thorough assessment but that if I was still with her a
year later she would get her 5 stars. I have stayed with
her and enjoyed the work outs. The group dynamics are
solid, the equipment clean and serviceable. In my previous
review I stated fair value for money spent and I'll upgrade
that to great value. Staying with the program has served
my body well.?
~Bob de Braal