Four years ago, the 27-year-old was a self-confessed “cardio-head” who loved going for long runs.
“I had no idea about what foods I should be eating and no idea about health and fitness in general,” she wrote, referring to figure in the left image. “I wasn't eating nearly enough of the right food, or food at all to be fuelling my body.”
A year later she had started incorporating weights into her workouts. But Karina says, “I had no idea what I was doing and how to perform the exercises correctly. Still not eating enough food to fuel my body and muscles.”
Pictured present day, on the right, Karina says her new shape took a lot of hard work. And weights, a lot of weights.
“I started at a personal training gym @starke_fitness and participated in four, 45 min sessions a week,” she writes. “I lift weights, heavy weights! I only do cardio once or twice a week, but still incorporate weights into my exercises. I eat well and I eat a lot.”
The designer says that what she learnt on her “fitness journey” was too important not to share. It’s this experience which also motivated her to start Bikini Body Burn with her trainer Simon McDermott.
According to their website, the online program’s mission ‘is to educate as many girls as possible on how to build lean muscle and eat a nutritionally balanced diet'.