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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

Ciara (pronounced Keera) is originally from Southwest Michigan and after teaching in Little Rock, AR for three years the Ashley family came back home to raise a family.  After leaving the education profession to stay home with her two children, Ciara has found a home at Maddog 5/1 combining her two passions: teaching and having fun through fitness!  She strives to motivate others to become the best version of themselves through a healthy lifestyle, and to challenge them to become stronger athletes. Look for Ciara at Maddog 5/1 teaching RealRyder, Barre, and Team 5/1 classes. When not at Maddog her hobbies are camping, hiking, traveling, and cooking with her husband and children.   Ciara is AFAA Group Exercise Certified,
    Growing up in St. Joseph, MI, Amy went off to college, moved around the country a bit, then met and married husband Dave.  Fast forward to 2002, when she and her husband made the decision to settle in the area and raise their family that includes two kids and kitties to boot! Working out has been part of Amy’s life for as long as she can remember.  A high school and college athlete, fitness has always been her passion. Amy always thought she wanted to be a fitness instructor, dating back to the aerobics classes she took, but it wasn’t until she joined Maddog 5/1 as a client that she realized her potential! “Maddog 5/1 has the best workouts around. When you come to our studio, you know you’re part of a family. People know your name and care that you are there,” explains Amy After a year of being a client at Maddog,   Marydawn saw something in Amy that was special…and  asked Amy if she wanted to be part of her team. The rest as  they say is history. Amy teaches Fierce 5/1, Fierce Circuit, Yoga Ripped and RealRyder- and as a team player- whatever is necessary!   Certifications include, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Instructor, TRX, CPR.