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Karen Fili Sullivan


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Get on the inside track with Karen and her daily advice. http://karenfilisullivan.com. Or on FacebookLIKE us at ZWL - Zen of Whole Living I have more than 30 years experience and can help with lifting technique, muscle recovery, weight loss, body building and powerlifting. I've been certified by AFPA as a Personal Trainer and 12 years ago acquired a second certification from the same agency as a Post Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist. Any recommendations or advice rendered are based on fitness information as specified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Follow my Blog on http://karenfilisullivan.com

Experience in the area

Almost 25 years coaching and training. Wow! I feel old. Before that I was a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter (ask my Chiropractor -- he can tell you). I have trained kids ages 12 to 89. From sports specific training to stroke rehabilitation. I love helping people move more gracefully, powerfully and safely.


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English with a Journalism concentration was my college education. My training has been with my mentor, Jack Michaels, ACSM and professor at the College of William and Mary. My certifications are with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. AFPA. I hold a certification as a Personal Trainer and a Post Rehabilitation Exercise Expert (Isn't that a mouthful?l). My continuing education requirements have been fulfilled at a number of organizations and are monitored by AFPA. I keep my Red Cross CPR and First Aid current.

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Past/Present Clients

Clients include athletes training for marathons, mountain climbing and general weight loss. In addition I have clients troubled with COPD, Fibromyalgia, and Parkinsons as well as stroke rehab. She was the Strength and Conditioning coach for Williamsburg Aquatic Club, a USA Swim Team, in Williamsburg, Virginia for 3 years.   Karen is presently working at Main Street Gym in Historic St. Charles, Missouri where she teaches Pilates and continues her work with clients. Her training reaches across the country with her long distance Body Restoration eTraining. Her dedication to fitness reaches into the nutritional supplementation with Shaklee products. She only works with clients who add nutritional supplementation to their training. Read more of her story on www.shaklee.net/BodyRestoration

What do you like about this subject?

When a client comes back to me and tells me they can avoid surgery because of the exercises I gave them. I have a woman who didn't need corrective surgery to her prolapsed uterus. Her abdominal routine has corrected the issue! Another client's surgeon sees improvement and is postponing surgery his shoulders. These are rare cases but it can happen!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to learn more about biomechanics and the relationship that nutrition plays in the fitness picture. In addition it is my desire to help my clients (all ages) to age with dignity and as much grace as they can muster.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I am a Health Mediator. I work with people who want to change their bodies to improve their lifestyle and look and feel good as a result. To do this I work with a well rounded, natural approach to fitness and do not support any of the thoughts popular in most gyms. Feeling Brave? Start a long distance training programwith me and let technology remove the distance for us.

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2017-03-10 How much is too much:

James,  You take a huge risk by pushing until your body says "no way"! At that point you may have an injury that will  Sideline you for a while. Remember that recovery is an integral part of a fitness

2016-11-11 Stuck:

Andrea,  I have my clients take a different approach to food.  Instead of counting calories I recommend you look into the quality of the food you are eating. By that I mean shift to a steady food intake

2016-10-21 Abs catching on ribs?:

Sarah,   Try the stretching for sure but I would also add rest days. Maybe abs every other day. The location doesn't indicate that lat work would cause it. If it persists I would see a doc.  Just don't

2016-10-20 Abs catching on ribs?:

Hi Sarah,  Thanks for patiently waiting for my response.  Before I can speak with any intelligence I need to understand the kinds of exercises you did for your core. Im thinking specifically of the obliques

2016-07-24 extreme's diminishing returns?:

Hi Mike,  The design, plan and execution of your workout is amazing! I always like to mix it up, and it can be hard because there are lots of variables -- many possibilities. You have done an amazing job


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