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As a lifelong resident of St. Joe, Kari loves lake front activities, and recently took her passion to the water learning SUP.

Crazy busy as a wife and mother of three active kids, Kari is also the varsity coach of the Lakeshore Poms Team. “Passion and energy drive both my personal life at home and professional life at Maddog 5/1”.

Taking on the challenge of becoming a Maddog trainer came as a natural step.  A client since 2015, Kari quickly found a familiar energy and passion in the Maddog trainers who inspired her to work harder, and she wanted more! “My passion for fitness drives me, joining the  Maddog  family changed my life, first as a client, now as a Trainer.

Kari teaches RealRyder, Fierce 5/1, Fierce Circuit , Bike RR Barre and jumping in where ever needed! “My #1 goal as a trainer is to deliver an energetic and challenging workout every time. I want clients to feel proud of themselves when they leave, and with a desire to come back for more.”

Meet Other Trainers

Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas

After 13 years away, Sarah returned to southwest Michigan in 2017 and is thrilled to be back. A lover of fitness, Sarah was an avid runner for much of her life. After completing 2 marathons, Sarah found that running alone wasn't helping her manage the stress of her career in advertising. While working in Denver, Sarah attended her first Power Yoga class and was immediately hooked. Not only was it the most physically challenging class she'd ever taken, but the focus on breath also  helped to cultivate her ability to regulate her stress response. Wanting to share this incredible practice with as many people as possible, Sarah sought her 200 hour Power Yoga certification in 2009 and Yoga Sculpt certification in 2011. Finding a style of yoga that aligned with her preference for a physical challenging was life changing and Sarah hopes to help others explore the spectrum of yoga to find a practice that works for them.
Outside of teaching, Sarah is a full-time mother to 3 young children and a part-time media strategist.
    Kristi hales from  the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (above the mitten). A middle school Language Arts teacher by day,  Kristi’s  passion  for fitness and health provides the motivation  she needs to lead Maddog classes after a long day with students.  Kristi’s involvement with Maddog 5/1 spans many year, first as a client in Marydawn (Maddog) class, but also a personal training client.  When Marydawn opened Maddog 5/1 in 2011 Kristi joined the team of talented , passionate trainers! Kristi and her pup Olive have  added some boys to the household since the last Maddog bio years ago.  Husband  Derek and a sibling for Olive named Stanley  have joined the family! Kristi’s  holds a Masters Degree, and her certifications include RealRyder, TRX, CPR  
      Born and raised in a small town near Toledo, Ohio, Brittni has been a Saint Joe resident since 2012 and a certified yoga instructor since 2016. Residing in northern California, Brittni fell in love with yoga in 2010 while living next to a yoga studio! “I was marathon training and thought yoga would be great for my cross training and stretch days,” says Brittni. “It has since helped me find balance both mentally and physically in my everyday life.  Brittni has completed six full (26.2) marathons and several half marathons. As an athlete, Britt is able to communicate the practice of yoga to Maddog clients without the intimidation factor many athletes feel. Her all-level classes focus on alignment, balance, breath, cranking up the heat, and fun music!  Britt holds a  Masters Degree in International Business and works full-time in marketing.  In her free time, she loves being outdoors, international travel, hiking, running, and all things adventure.