Kar-Lai started personal training in 2014. Her 40th birthday was just around the corner and she had recently visited some childhood friends in Winnipeg. The voice of her friend Christina, a diet specialist, kept ringing in the back of her head saying, “At this age, you need to start eating to live, not living to eat.”
She started her training with Fitness Kickboxing and later dabbled in an all women’s Intro to MMA class. From there she began to explore Karate and started personal training regularly with our head Karate instructor Kyle Duske. She now trains up to 5 sessions a week at Vancouver Mind-Body Centre (VMBC).
Click on the image below to see Kar-Lai in action!
Kar-Lai enjoys the inclusive nature of the teaching at Vancouver Mind-Body Centre and has even brought her young cousins to join in on some of her personal training sessions.
I remember when I was at the former VMBC location, my young cousins from Ohio came to Vancouver for Christmas. I brought them, and my nephew Rowan, to my personal training session. Kyle taught Sophia and Rowan a little karate and a little grappling. We played a game that involved a lot of running around (kids chasing me… I was so out of breath), which they absolutely loved. Gavin was still very young so he vicariously had a great time watching everyone. When I asked Sophia what the best part of her visit was, she said that day at VMBC!
We asked Kar-Lai how her training has helped her outside of the gym and this is what she had to say:
My training and conditioning has made it a lot more fun (and easier) to go for longer and more challenging runs, hikes, and bike rides! Overall, I feel more energized. Training also constantly pushes me beyond my comfort zone. Being outside my comfort zone now feels like a new normal and a way of life; as a result, I am more likely to try new things outside of the gym too.
Kar-Lai is excited to continue her training throughout 2017. Here are just a few of her goals for this year:
- To better my nutrition
- To heal a herniated disc (caused by poor posture at work and when reading)
- To improve my sparring
- To grade for my blue belt in Karate
As Kar-Lai continues to work on her goals this year we will continue to periodically introduce you to our members and their stories. If you think there is someone we should feature, let us know and we will see if they would agree.
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