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Karen Goeller, CSCS...
Gymnastics and Fitness Author
Karen Goeller has completed a variety of gymnastics and fitness books from 2001 until present. She has educated thousands of coaches, teachers, fitness trainers, athletes, gymnastics parents, and fitness enthusiasts among others. Karen Goeller has been training athletes since 1978. Most of that time was spent coaching competitive athletes. Her sport has always been gymnastics which is all about strength, flexibility, and a determination to succeed. Karen Goeller is the author of *more gymnastics books than anyone in the USA. She is bursting with information that she needs to share with you!
Karen started writing books after she was involved in an accident in 2000 and suffered permanent spinal damage. (It was not a gymnastics-related accident.) She stopped coaching gymnastics as she knew it and left her advertising job with Gold's Gym. Desperate to remain involved in gymnastics and fitness, Karen turned to writing. "I felt like I had a ton of information in my head that was not being used." Goeller then compared the knowledge in her head to "an expensive item in your house that just collects dust because no one is using it." Karen shared, "I was so thankful as a young coach to the more experienced coaches who helped me throughout the years. I knew in 2001 that it was the perfect time to pass on this knowledge. Writing books was the perfect avenue to pass on this information." Karen has performed consulting work at gymnastics facilities from 2001- present and she has recently decided to offer clinics at gymnastics facilities. Karen also offers personal training for athletes of many different sports.
Karen Goeller's first book, "Over 75 Drills and Conditioning Exercises" was self published in 2001. That gymnastics book was an immediate hit. It was used to create numerous fitness and gymnastics training programs, including the CrossFit program. CrossFit has evolved since the start and is now a world-wide fitness phenomena. Karen has written many additional books and articles with topics that include handstand, back handspring, glide kip, Swing Set Fitness, Lymphedema, and so much more. Her books are currently used by gymnastics coaches, fitness experts, physical education teachers, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes worldwide. Many repeat customer's have referred to Karen's books as the "most useful on the market."
Karen's favorite fitness books, published in 2007, are her Swing Set Fitness books. They were completed with Brian Dowd, Karen's nephew, who is a physical education teacher and life long athlete. These fitness books involve performing exercise with a playground swing. There are exercises and workouts for beginner through advanced fitness enthusiasts. This outdoor exercise offers an alternative to health club memberships. Karen shared “The Swing Set Fitness project was therapeutic for me in many ways.” As the Swing Set Fitness books evolved, so did Karen. Before the Swing Set Fitness project, her rehabilitation from the 2000 accident was very slow. Much of the damage is permanent.
From 2001-2007 Karen performed the usual exercises assigned to patients with back and neck injuries, but it wasn't until the Swing Set Fitness books that Karen started to really make progress. Karen shared, "I finally feel like myself again. As soon as my nephew and I started working on the Swing Set Fitness project, I began to remember who I was before my accident and how much I really loved fitness. I felt like I was finally regaining my personality as I was becoming stronger, mentally and physically. I hope this form of outdoor exercise will help transform other people too" When asked if she is completely healed from the accident, Karen replied, "I am still injured, but that no longer defines me. Now I work around my injuries much more efficiently." After Karen realized that Swing Set Fitness is a good avenue for the physical rehabilitation of former athletes with injuries, she started the Swing for Veterans Program where she was offering free Swing Set Fitness workouts for recent veterans, injured or not.
This is not the only volunteer work Karen has performed in recent years. She has offered her expertise in a web forum, AllExperts, where individuals ask Karen questions, looking for her advice or for answers on where to turn for gymnastics and fitness related products and services. Karen often gives gymnastics parents the coach's or gym owner's perspective on issues. She also informs parents on what should be expected of a gymnastics coach, how to shop for the right gymnastics facility, and what drills to perform for many gymnastics skills. Karen most often receives questions regarding gymnastics coach's behavior, safety issues, fears in gymnastics, and skill technique. Many of her answers are posted on her Gymnastics Stuff™ website.
Karen's most recent book has nothing to do with fitness or gymnastics. Lymphedema... Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped tells her life story for the past 20 years, afte major cancer surgery. You will be inspired to reach for your goals and live life to the fullest.
Before 2000, Karen produced NY State Champions, National TOPS Team Athletes, and Empire State Games Athletes. Three National Champions are from Karen's gymnastics facility. One of her staff members was the 1996 USATT National Champion and two were gymnasts who trained with Karen for the majority of their gymnastics careers. One was a Level 10 Uneven Bars National Champion and one was a Level 10 Balance Beam National Champion. All of this success as a coach was after her 1991 cancer surgery. The cancer surgery was a success, but Karen was forced to take on a more intellectual style of coaching. After her surgery, when Karen could not stand due to lymphedema (swelling) in her leg, Karen offered her gymnasts more drills and conditioning exercises as a method of learning skills and gaining strength. Very quickly, Karen realized that this was the absolute best method of coaching. Her gymnasts were progressing remarkably fast. Even when Karen was feeling 100% she continued to train her athletes by offering plenty of drills and conditioning exercises. Karen shared, "The skills just came so much faster. It was amazing. Our gymnasts averaged only 4 months from day 1 to the day they performed glide kips with straight arms on their own." Day 1 was when the gymnast first started the drills for this skill.
Karen Goeller and her athletes have been featured regularly in the media throughout the 1990's including on Good Morning America, GoodDay NY, Eyewitness News, and NY Views (old show) among others. They have also been featured in The New York Times, NY Newsday, Brooklyn Bridge Magazine, and Interview Magazine as well as in numerous neighborhood newspapers including the Brooklyn Heights Press, Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill Courier, Bay News, and the Spring Creek Sun among others. More recently Karen has been featured on Your Story Matters with Angela Schaefers (2012), Lymphedema Mavens (2012), Lynn Johnson's Motivational Radio Show (2010), I Run MY Body Radio (2010), Late Night with Johnny Potenza TV (2010), Talkin' Health with Dr. Joe Kasper Radio (2011, 2009), the Coast Star (2009), Asbury Park Press (2009), Observer/Reporter (2009), Staten Island Advance (2007), and Inside Gymnastics Magazine (2012, 2008).
Karen considers it a privilege to have worked at Karolyi's Camp as well as at USGTC and International Gymnastics Camp. Working at these camps along with attending many USA Gymnastics events such as Regional Congress and the National TOPS Training Camp have all been contributing factors to her vast knowledge of gymnastics. Karen feels the knowledge she gained as an employee of Paul Spadaro, Bela Karolyi, Mike Jacobson, and Bruno Klaus has really helped enable her to produce several successful gymnasts.
Before earning her BA Degree, Karen's education included training as an EMT, Physical Therapist, and Nutritionist. She has held certifications such as EMT-D, Nutritional Analysis, Fitness Trainer, Counseling Techniques, Childcare Fundamentals, USAG Safety Certification, USAG Meet Director, and USAG Skill Evaluator among others. Her most recent certification is the CSCS certification offered by the NSCA.
And more on her fitness life... Besides training at the finest health clubs in Brooklyn, NY, Karen has trained in hard core gyms and enjoyed the serious training atmospheres they have offered. Goeller has also endured physical training at the NYC Police Academy when she was working for the NYPD in the late 1980's. Karen has tremendous personal experience with training in a variety of settings and has become very well rounded as a result. Although her training regimen has been drastically modified over the years due to cancer surgery (1991) and an accident (2000), her mental strength and previous experiences are unmistakable when she trains athletes and fitness clients. In early 1991, Karen had a sub-max squat of 225 pounds. That was the same year that she attended the tryouts for the American Gladiator television show (October 1991).
Karen has spent a lifetime refining her skills as an athlete, gymnastics coach, fitness trainer, and business owner. She is bursting with information that she needs to share with you. Her knowledge has been captured in her books and she has educated thousands of coaches, athletes, gymnastics parents, and fitness enthusiasts among others.
You too can learn from the coach who wrote the book...
Contact Karen Goeller's office (email at top of page) for book signings, motivational speaking, gymnastics clinics and presentations, gymnastics training, fitness training, Swing Set Fitness workouts, or any other events.
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List of books by Karen Goeller that are currently available...
1) Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning
7) Fitness Journal: My Goals, My Training, My Success (978-1-8472-8444-0)
Record workouts, goals, and meals. Useful for people who need motivation or take fitness seriously!
Record your workouts as you complete them. Great for college athletes, bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts.
9) Gymnastics Conditioning Programs: Five Conditioning Workouts (Available in Print and E-Book)
Topics include endurance, core, upper body for uneven bars, and more.
10) Gymnastics Conditioning: Tumbling Conditioning (Available in Print and E-Book)
Tumbling Conditioning has conditioning for twisting, body tightness, upper body strength, plyometrics, and more.
11) Fitness on a Swing Set (ISBN: 978-0-6151-4788-8)
Nearly 50 exercises that take place on a playground swing! It's time for a change...
12) Swing Set Workouts (ISBN: 978-0-6151-5170-0)
Twelve workouts that range in difficulty. They all take place on a playground swing! It's time for a change...
13) Fitness on a Swing Set with Training Programs (ISBN: 978-0-6151-5028-4)
Nearly 50 exercises and twelve workouts that take place on a playground swing! Combined book of other two swing set books.
14) One Swing Set Workout (ISBN: 978-1-4348-1259-9)
One very useful and time efficient exercise routine. It offers the reader a sample of the larger Swing Set Fitness books.
15) Lymphedema... Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped (ISBN: 978-1-105-16601-3)
You will see how Karen Goeller went from being the bed-ridden patient to who she is today.
List of Health, Fitness, and Gymnastics Articles by Karen Goeller
Gymnastics Training Programs: Download Now! Topics covered are cast handstand, glide kip, clear hip handstand, tumbling, legs, speed, core, shoulder stability, weight loss, Legs Plus golf, and More!
Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning Books: Topics covered in these books include Handstand, Leg, Ankle, Walkover, Back Handspring, Dance, Glide Kips, Cast Handstand, Clear Hip, Press Handstand, and More!
Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning Posters: Based on the drills books, but designed so that they can be posted on the walls for all coaches and gymnasts to view.
*Author Research conducted on Barnes and Noble website.
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