Karen Buenzli grew up in Crystal Lake, but makes McHenry her home. She has been teaching fitness classes for 17 years. Karen got into teaching fitness when she was exercising 5-6 days a week (de-stressing from raising 4 children) and her favorite fitness instructor invited her to become an instructor citing dedication, perfect form and strong attention to detail. Karen has held fitness certifications from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), SCW Fitness and Fit Tour. She began teaching Yoga about 6 months after becoming certified as a group exercise instructor. Her Yoga Certifications include American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), SCW Fitness and Fit Tour. Karen has taught many different types and levels of fitness classes including Aerobics and Step, but her fitness loves are weight lifting for women, Pilates and especially Yoga.
My teaching philosophy is revealed in my priorities. #1 SAFETY- I am interested in everyone doing exercises in a way that will benefit them and make them feel good without causing injury. A little soreness from a great workout lets you know that you are accomplishing something. But that is very different from pain, which is your body's way of saying NO. I believe everyone should listen to their own body. #2 KNOWLEDGE- I want all of my students to know enough about what they are doing to modify their workout to suit their needs. This means knowing how and when to adjust the intensity of an exercise and being able to modify exercises to work with an injury. My lesson plans are full of information about the how's and the why's of exercise. #3 FUN- Exercise should be fun. All exercises (especially yoga) should be approached with a sense of humor. The benefits of any exercise are multiplied if you enjoy it. There are many ways to stay fit; the trick is to find what fits you.
I am thrilled to bring my knowledge and passion to the Golf Academy at Terra Cotta. Weight training and flexibility training during the off season can be of great benefit to your golf game. Weight training can bring power to your swing and increase your energy so that your last three holes are as easy to play as the first three. Core strength is a critical element in golf to keep your torso aligned. Flexibility will increase rotation which will help you hit the ball further and allow you to get the club head in better spots. I am especially excited to bring Yoga to the Golf Academy. Yoga encompasses balance, flexibility, endurance, strength, and focus (mind-body connection) all of which are essential to a good golf game.
1 Hour Classes
-5 Week Sessions-$50 (minimum 4 people, max 8 per class)
-Drop in rate-$12 per class
1 Hour Private Classes
-Contact Karen directly for availability & rates.
Fall 2016 Classes - Adult
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm 11/2 - 12/14 No Class on 11/23 - $50
Winter 2017 Classes - Adult
1st session: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm 1/4 - 2/1 - $50
2nd session: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm 2/8 - 3/8 - $50
Class times may vary based on enrollment.