My name is Karina, and I am so excited to be a part of this Elite community. My story of how I started at Elite Spartans starts in November 2017, when a careless accident landed me in the hospital with a major concussion. After spending a few nights there, I left with chronic migraine and in a neck brace. Those were some of the darkest days I’ve experienced. After getting clearance from the doctor to take the neck brace off and resume my daily activities, I decided I would no longer take my health for granted. I signed up for a trial membership at Elite Spartans and began taking boot camp classes.
I now look back and think of it as one of the smartest investments I made in myself. Those classes helped me physically, mentally, and emotionally. The term “exercise is medicine” took on an entirely new meaning for me as I was able to stop taking medication for my depression and anxiety. Since then, I have been able to stay off of any medications and rely on my new lifestyle to keep me balanced.
I played travel softball from age nine to sixteen. After my junior year of high school, I decided to give up travel ball and finish my softball career in my senior year of high school. My teammates and I often joked that we would gain a lot of weight as our “punishment” for giving up softball. Since I was always active, I never actually believed I would “let myself go.” As the years went by, however, I put on extra pounds and became less conditioned. I realized that I am the type of person that needs to be held accountable, which is why I thrive in a team. I used to think I could do it alone, but honestly, I don’t know why I would ever want to.
I know Elite Spartans is the team that I need to be a part of in order to achieve the goals I have. I am happy to grow with them and even happier to help you all grow! See you at the gym!
Those classes helped me physically, mentally, and emotionally!
More About Me
How did I get into athletics? I began gymnastics as a young child and continued with high-intensity, year-round training until I was 17. I was forced to quit gymnastics due to an injury; however, this allowed me to begin a new athletic endeavor by joining a junior college diving team. It was during my time as a diver that I got trained in weight lifting and Crossfit for the first time. It was so different from what I was used to from gymnastics, but I immediately loved the feeling of getting stronger by lifting heavyweights. Over the years, my exercise routines have shifted and evolved, but I am always down to try something new!