• Lift Up Fitness - Women's fitness

My name is Karen, I am a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and women’s fitness, health and nutrition coach and I work with women to help them achieve their health, fitness and lifestyle goes.  I am a big believer that we can achieve anything with the right support and encouragement and so I work closely with my clients to help motivate them and keep them on track. There is more and more evidence that exercising regularly can significantly improve your mental health and I seek to empower women of all shapes and sizes to move more and feel the benefits.

I am currently studying Level 4 Nutrition for weight management, performance, obesity and diabetes and look forward to completing this qualification shortly.

If you would like to discuss how I can help you please get in touch.

I have spent my life keeping physically fit in many different ways ranging from swimming, running and various aerobic classes a long time ago through to weight training and CrossFit in recent years.  Over the years I have taken part in various events such as Race for Life, Tough Mudder, Rough Runner, Triathlons and Park Run. I enjoy keeping both my body and mind fit and healthy through regular exercise and a varied balanced diet although like most people I have struggled at times with motivation, diet and bodyweight fluctuations at times.

I offer Personal Training sessions and programs, remote coaching, small group training sessions and courses. I firmly believe that with the right coaching and support every one of us can achieve far more than we thought possible. I am committed to helping women be the best they can be listening to what they actually want and what they can fit in. I like to use a holistic approach and empower women to move a bit more, eat a balanced diet, find time to relax, sleep as well as possible and put time aside for themselves to improve their long term health (both physical and mental). I don’t believe in quick fixes as they are always short lived. Instead I promote small consistent changes for big results and long term change.

I am passionate about helping women to take the small steps that can make the biggest difference to their health and well-being. It’s not about being skinny it’s about strengthening our bodies and minds. Nor is it about comparing ourselves to others! It is about seeking to improve ourselves a little bit each day. It is about working good habits into our normal every days lives and encouraging and motivating like-minded women to be the best they can be.

I am married with two Labradors and three children, the youngest of which is disabled and my role as his carer has been made substantially easier by keeping my mind healthy through regular physical exercise.  I also founded a community group called Fit 2 Care a few years ago who run affordable fitness classes for family and parent carers.  It was this along with my love of fitness that inspired me to re-train as a fitness instructor and personal trainer and to start helping ordinary women (like myself) to feel empowered and confident to start moving their bodies more, to get their muscles working, raise their heart rates, to enjoy it and lift their spirits.

“I was a case study for Karen while she was training. It’s really changed how I see things. I’ve always gone with the all or nothing approach and it’s always been about a short term drive to lose weight fast.  Karen has helped me to see it as a lifestyle change and that it needs to be sustainable long term, it’s not about today’s weight but about the whole process, she’s helped me see it as a choice which has taken the guilt out of it all.”

“Karen really knows her stuff so she can explain why we are doing certain exercises which helps with motivation. She’s great at working out what will work for someone and what will make working out more fun for them. I’ve never been an exercise fan but I have genuinely enjoyed our workouts and found that Karen can spot exactly where my limits are and when I could work harder!”

“I have been going to Karen for nearly 2 months now and can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life. I feel stronger, fitter and look it as well. She is fun, knowledgeable and is a great motivator and works hard to make sure you get the results you want. I have been using PTs on and off for years but have now found the ‘one'”

“Enjoyed my HIIT style session with Karen this afternoon. Varied movement with continued encouragement all the way. If you want an all body workout with a laugh mixed in, Karen’s your lady.”

“I really enjoyed yesterdays session.  I ache everywhere today which is a sign of a good workout. Your instructions were clear and the exercises were fab, a bit of everything.  Thanks.”

“Karen is a great trainer, friendly, flexible and creates workouts tailored to you. After not training for a while with lockdown and back issues, working with Karen has got me motivated again and feeling confident with my back. I enjoy my sessions with Karen and always feel like I’ve had a good workout, plus she is always there on the app being supportive as well. Thanks Karen!”

“I have just finished a six week course with Karen and she has been brilliant. I joined at zero fitness and it’s been the kick start I needed. Karen has been so supportive and has tailored the coaching sessions specifically to my needs, I couldn’t recommend her enough!”

“I have been going to Karen for nearly 2 months now and can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life. I feel stronger, fitter and look it as well. She is fun, knowledgeable and is a great motivator and works hard to make sure you get the results you want. I have been using PTs on and off for years but have now found the ‘one’.”

“Karen has an amazing set up with all the right equipment and the coaching app for home/gym workouts is so user friendly and a great help to keep me going when I am doing it alone. She keeps in touch to make sure you’re on track but also understand when some home/work commitments get in the way of working out and sometimes you just can’t always stick to the routine. I honestly cannot recommend Lift Up Fitness enough I am so glad I found her.”