FOCUS.

You are busy. Thoughts are at war inside your brain, each one battling for more and more of your attention. Work. Kids. Oh yeah, and this whole pandemic thing. A lot of times, the bad thoughts – the ones that cause stress (2020, anyone?) – overwhelm the good thoughts. And so we lose focus, especially […]

My Journey – Part 1: Where it All Began

Note: Karen Maxwell (Kmax), Founder of Kinisi Performance, serves as Manager of CycleStar Talent at CycleBar where she oversees the education of over 2000 instructors and 200 CycleBar franchises. The following series chronicles her experience from novice to fitness professional.  2012, Easton Gym, Hollywood. This wasn’t some fancy Equinox meat-market. This was an independently owned […]

My Journey – Part 2: Music and Mad Dogg

Note: Karen Maxwell (Kmax), Founder of Kinisi Performance, serves as Manager of CycleStar Talent at CycleBar where she oversees the education of over 2000 instructors and 200 CycleBar franchises. The following series chronicles her experience from novice to fitness professional.  The first thing Monica taught me – and what I continue to concentrate on to […]

Training to Survive

Why do we train? Aesthetics? Physical and mental health? Overall self-improvement? Yes, I suppose we train for all these reasons.  But what if our training had a deeper intention? What if the meaning of our training was defined by the very foundation of our DNA? That is, what if we trained for our own survival? […]

Mindfulness

After forty years of ignoring the outdoors – while growing up in Colorado, mind you – my husband is beginning to mountain bike. I say “is beginning” and not “has begun” because truthfully he’s been on two rides, and who knows if this over-the-hill pledge to become more “Colorado” will be sustainable. But he said […]

Boutique Fitness and COVID-19: Where Do We Go From here?

Here is the truth: this virus loves our industry. Tight quarters. Heavy breathing. Cleary, those environments come with elevated risks of transmission. The boutique fitness industry is nervous, and rightfully so. Modifications will have to be made. That’s a given.  But what does that mean specifically for the experience of boutique fitness? What other preventative […]

Anatomy of a Playlist by Kmax

Note: Karen Maxwell (Kmax), Founder of Kinisi Performance, serves as Manager of CycleStar Talent at CycleBar where she oversees the education of over 2000 instructors and 200 CycleBar franchises.  A playlist is a living, breathing composition. It has life. So, let’s talk about anatomy. The brain. Structure is the brain of the playlist. The brain […]