Karen Burles is an honoured Berkshire Sports Personality
- John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest Adult's Award nominee 2020
- Get Berkshire Active Sports Personality of the Year Finalist 2020
- Wokingham Senior Sports Award Winner 2019
- Reading AC Veteran of the Year 2019
Learn what Karen says about her lockdown experience and achievements in her interview to Get Berkshire Active, October 2020.
What activities did you do before the pandemic?
I was working towards the European Masters Indoor Athletics Championships which involved track training, Weights, Pole Fitness including instructing local community fitness classes.
What activities are you doing now since the pandemic outbreak?
Over lockdown I adapted my gym sessions to at home workouts using the equipment and space around including local parks.
I've since returned to track training and the gym but have a more integrated approach to my training blending track / gym with at home workouts and runs in local open spaces.
How physical activity changed your lockdown experience?
Having worked out from home since the start of lockdown until August I now realise that you can get the similar training effects from working out from home. Managing to break my existing Reading AC V40 100 m record (originally set in September 2019) in September this year I proved to myself that my lockdown training worked.
Being a busy mum of 3 and business owner I now am much more flexible with my training using local parks and at home training methods on weeks when life takes over and I don't have time to make the gym or my usual gym sessions.
Describe how physical makes you feel in 3 words.
Energised, Happy, Focused.
Karen currently run a successful program which involves 20 minutes of exercises a day.
Learn more about Karen and her sessions here.