About us

Meet the team

Name: Karen Burles

Elite Conditioning Owner

Level 3 Personal Trainer, Fitness class Instructor, Running Coach & Running Technique Instructor

Quote: If it scares you it’s probably the thing you should do most

Running Mantra: The pain is never really real, it’s a case of mind over body

Karen Burles.  I have over 17 years fitness industry experience as a level 3 Personal trainer, focusing on weight loss clients for the first 10 years, a fully qualified Body Pump, RPM, Insanity, Boxercise, PiYo and boot camp instructor for 15 years at a local studio. In 2012 I trained as a Running Coach and Running Technique Instructor which brought a specialised division to Elite Conditioning with a focus on running and sports related fitness training.

I started running at 13 when I was spotted at a local school athletics meeting, I went on to compete for Berkshire in the 100, 200 and 400 m and came 7th in the county at 400 m indoors at under 17. Since then I have run over 20 half marathons, 8 marathons, 2 x 50 km ultra-marathons, a 50 mile ultra-marathon, Snowdon mountain marathon, gained a silver medal in the National Veteran 400 m Championships in 2016, a 2 Gold medals in the Southern Indoor Championships in 2019 over 60m and 200 m and am current record holder for Reading AC at Vet 35 and 40 for the 400 m and 200 m.

I’ve just completed a boxing match for charity and you’ll find me enjoying a summer of all things short and simple from the track, relay events and even a Kayak, Bike and run event with Elite Conditioning Instrutor Debbie.

I literally embraced ‘all things fitness’ and like to inspire people with my passion and the belief that you can #achievetheunthinkable.