HYLETE is excited to award the title of female 2016 HYLETE Fit Pro of the Year to Karla Mather. Please join us in congratulating a very deserving and dedicated trainer.
choosing a winner
The HYLETE nation along with Fit Pro judges Christmas Abbott, Drew Manning, and Mark Fantigrassi all cast their vote for the finalist they felt most inspired others and affected positive change in their community. Karla received the most votes from the HYLETE nation along with the vote of Christmas Abbott who said, "Karla demonstrates what true dedication means delivering content care to individuals that are often overlooked because they are at the far fringe of athleticism. Karla unselfishness and commitment to delivering fitness to all people is apparent in her in home sessions, delivering individual needs, and being a positive influence in her surrounding community.".
Karla left her career in the Air Force due to a knee problem and was told to file for partial disability because she would never participate in fitness again. After four back and four knee surgeries, Karla works as the health coach, trainer, group class instructor, and the wellness director for a private club. Her clients range from ages 8 to 103 years old and she uses her 25 training certifications to cater to each of her client's individual needs.
HYLETE partnered with several companies to provide over $4,000 in prizes, each one pertaining to a different aspect of fitness.
- $1,000 in apparel and gear from HYLETE
- $1,500 in equiptment from XD Performance
- $1,500 in courses and education from NASM
- $160 in recovery items from SKLZ
"Karla is not only a tremendous fitness instructor and trainer to all, but she serves as a real friend and encourages some that would otherwise be unable to exercise. She has worked with a member for years that is now 103 years old and can no longer leave her home. She has worked with a teenage boy that has Asperger's and her kindness, patience and friendship is heartwarming. Karla also worked for years with a member that had severe Neuropathy. Her encouragement to this gentleman enabled him to continue to exercise and improve his mobility dramatically. This gentleman just recently died and even when he was unable to come to her to exercise she went to his home not only to assist with exercise but for support, encouragement, and to be a friend. Her visits were always the high point of his days. There is another member that recently was admitted to a facility for those with dementia, and even though he was never a client he was always fond of her, so she continues to visit him for support. Karla is a very good friend to many and she is very humble and giving without calling attention to herself. I found out about her acts of kindness not through Karla but through the families she helps. Exercise and fitness are a real ministry and talent of Karla's, not only is she extremely motivating in her training and classes but her outreach to members through exercise and friendship is remarkable."
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