Despite learning how to swim before she walked, Kathleen says her childhood was not particularly athletic. Her fitness journey began after the birth of her first (of four) children, 24 years ago. New to Colorado, she needed a sense of community. Volunteering at a gym daycare in exchange for a free membership, she met all the moms in town. “They brainwashed me,” she claims. “They told me to ‘Do something for yourself and workout.’“ So she asked her husband to watch the baby and took a walk.
The walks turned into runs and suddenly she was training for everything from 5Ks to marathons. Triathlon was the next step and Kathleen embraced “more races than I can count” of all distances, Sprint to Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run).
Critically injured while training in 2007, Kathleen believes training for endurance events taught her patience and persistence. Surviving 7 broken bones, a stroke, 11 surgeries and a month in the hospital, she relearned how to walk and slowly rebuild, eventually returning to competition.
“I believe fitness saved my life,” she says. “I am passionate about helping people find inner and outer strength.” Kathleen believes we are all capable of more than we can ever imagine and our bodies all hold unique challenges. “It is a pleasure and an honor to be healthy enough to guide others as they embrace their inner athlete!“
- AFAA: Personal Trainer
- PTA Global Personal Trainer
- AAAI-ISMA – Personal Fitness Master Trainer II
- TRX Suspension Training
- AFAA: Exercise Design For Seniors
- AFAA: Injury Prevention
- Corrective Exercise
- NASM: Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
- CPR and AED
- Numerous others including LifeTime Group Fitness, SilverSneakers: MSROM, Cardio and Boom, Jillian Michaels’ Body SHRED, Indoor Cycling
- Training first-time and seasoned endurance athletes
- SilverSneakers and mature clients
- Helping busy parents fit in fitness
Interests & Achievements:
- Represented the US 3 times at the ITU World Championships, with a 6th in the World finish (2009)
- 3-time Ironman triathlon competitor (2006, 2009, 2010)
- 2-time overall champion Tri for the Cure Denver (2007, 2009)