THE K-Fit TEAM
Founder & Coach
Karina, born and raised in Bogotá Colombia, is a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Life Coach known for her drive and passion. After working in the veterinary medicine field for over 14 years she dove into fitness for her own confidence and strength and the rest is history!
Karina, leader of the Kfit Movement, is now the owner and founder of a woman exclusive gym in Valley Stream Long Island, featured in Univision, Telemundo, News 12 and other media outlets for their motivational story and for their impact during the pandemic.
Karina, whose first gym began one car garage is a speaker in Women Empowerment Conferences and was mediator keynote speaker for the LENY Latinas en New York GOOGLE conference.
Her mission is to help her circle reach the point where they finally feel successful, fit, healthy and motivated by THEIR OWN results, while feeling a sense of belonging in her empowering supportive community.
Vanessa has earned her Bachelors Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Sciences at Queens College. Vanessa’s specialities include: strength, mobility, functional and corrective exercise. She is head of our Flexibility and Mobility sessions, that enhances exercise performance and activities of daily living.
Coach / Team Leader
From K-Fit intern, all the way to Coach, Say hello to Coach Shani! Single mom with an amazing little spliting image of herself named Peyton. Coach Shani loves to come up with creative ways to make things interesting in class and in life. Some of her favorite interests are Hiking, baking, gardening, anime, and all types of music. She is skilled not just in making you sweat but also in photography, making the waist beads you see our bombshell clients wearing, painting, drawing and writing. Coach Shani is constantly reminding you to be confident in yourself, your looks, your movements, your purpose and your goals. She is also a huge advocate for body positivity and individuality.
Leny comes with a four-year military background with the Marines. She has been a coach at K-Fit for a year. She has trained and competed in a Bikini Body Competition. Which includes weeks of devoted training hours and nutritional experience. Being dedicated to this competition, it has opened Leny’s passion for training not just herself but others, as well educating others on the whole aspect of nutritional value. Her approach is rooted in conditioning your body in the form of strength training with a solid foundation on proper nutrition.
Say hello to Coack Erik, pack leader of the Alphas class. Erik served 8 years in the Marine Corps achieving Staff Sergeant rank. He's a certified HIIT instructor currently pursuing a Cybersecurity degree when he's not killing us politely in the gym. Through the years Coach Erik has accumulated a variety of adventures, challenges and achievements. Some of these include climbing Mt. Fuji, and completing a 15k hike while carrying an 80lb pack. Did we mention he's a black belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts? Coach Erik is an adrenaline junkie AND a Burpee aficionado. Challenge him to a burpee contest, if you dare.
Coach and New Client Specialist
Lauren began taking classes with the K-Fit crew in June of 2020. She started off as a virtual client with the occasional outdoor class and over the course of 2020, she lost a total of 60 pounds! Lauren quickly became hooked and wanted to help other ladies with their transformations. After interning with K-Fit in the fall, she became a full-time trainer at the beginning of 2021. She uses tough love to push her clients to do better and be better, but also reminds them to love themselves no matter where they're at in their journey!
Angie is a first time mom to a very energetic toddler.
She's been into sports and fitness since she was a little girl, starting with basketball and cross country. She ran Division 1 Cross Country at LIU Brooklyn where she also earned her Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology.
She currently has certifications from NASM & ACE including; personal training and pre/post natal fitness.
Ann has been a Virtual Assistant since 2009. She's Coach Karina's right hand to help her with over all administrative, social media management, website changes, updates, marketing, etc.. to free up Coach Karina's time! When not on the computer, Ann enjoys going to the gym doing tabata and boxing training.