About Kate

When people ask me what I do, I always reply with, “I help people move their bodies better.” Because that’s what I do.

I teach you stuff to help you heal your parts that don’t feel or function well, I assist you building unbreakable strength for whatever pursuits your heart desires, I do my best to show you an alternative view of how your future life could be…

Because here’s the deal – if you’ve been told it’s normal to feel worse and do less as you get older, you’ve been lied to.

And isn’t it exciting to imagine a life where the future is whatever you want it to be, aches and pains be damned! I think so – and even if you don’t yet believe that really is a future that can exist for you, if you hang out around here long enough, you just might start believing it. 😉

Here are my tenets for being fit for real life

You can ask of your body a multitude of things & it will respond accordingly.

You can lift heavy objects, but you’re also able to sustain cardiovascular performance; whether than means running for distance, sprinting from a dangerous situation (hey, ya never know!) or lifting weights with intensity.

You also balance your workout & lifestyle activities to include a variety of activities and exercise-formats so that your body can be agile, balanced & flexible.

Your core is strong & your body sustains performance without pain.

You live with the understanding that you are in control of yourself, and that is all, and so you must evolve, adapt, and excel at the playground that is within you so you can excel in the playground that is around you.

You view life as an opportunity, not a penance & you approach each day with zeal for what it possible.

Just chillin.

Here’s my professional bio and down below that, my less professional one:

I’ve been earning a paycheck coaching clients for 15 years now.

I earned my B.S. in Exercise Science from Valparaiso University.

I started with the NASM-CPT certification and branched out from there. Amongst the hundreds (thousands at this point?) of books, courses, and lectures, I’ve attended over the last 15 years, a few that stand out for me – Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Functional Range Assessment (FRA), Feldenkrais’ body of work, and Katy Bowman’s body of work.

My first coaching job was in a gym in Northwest Indiana during my college career. They were very nice to let me cut my teeth creating programming and coaching clients there.

After college, I coached in a commercial gym (Lifetime Fitness) for a number of years , working as a trainer, an assistant manager, and finishing off my time there as a department manager.

I then worked in a chiropractor’s office training studio, where I worked with his patients to become strong and mobile so that they would actually improve their well-being, instead of always having to come back to the office for treatment.

I then opened a gym in the suburbs of Chicago. That ran incredibly successfully for 4 years before I packed it all up and took everything I do online so that I could move west to the mountains.

I now provide coaching to folks through my popular coaching program, The Unbreakable Body, and I see private clients via video chat and in immersion sessions held here in Utah. I also host live weekend workshops a few times a year around the country.

And now the less professional bio…

I created Fit for Real Life because I’m fascinated by all the things that can make you a better human; from your gut (stomach health) to your gut (that deep gnawing thing that can drive you forward AND make you stop dead in your tracks).

It’s not a huge team here at FFRL, mostly it’s just me and a few folks who provide part-time assistance to make this whole thing go.

I lean into that hippie vibe.

I’m working to become a more accomplished outdoors woman every day.

My first love is climbing (bouldering, lead, trad, ice, you name it). My second love is hiking. Third, camping. Fourth, skiing. I told you I was into the outdoors.

My spirit animal is an owl.

I adore beautiful language, good conversation, and authenticity in actions and words.

Good coffee is my thing. So is good wine.