Kimberly Merke

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I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 years; I started my career as a personal trainer working with incredible clients with some serious health issues. When my own daughter needed heart surgery I decided to create a program for teen girls called lil divas fitness to accommodate my daughter as well as other girls in the community. This program was close to my own heart as a child I faced many challenges of my own with self esteem and poor body image, so lil divas seemed like the perfect approach using exercise, and a combination of tools for these girls to learn how to love and care for themselves.

When I was diagnosed 4 years ago with POTS everything came to a halt including my diva classes, which was a heart breaking time for me and I had to step back and take care of my own health. So here I am today on this incredible journey that I was told would never happen. I have many challenges ahead of me before I reach my goal, but in the meantime I am embracing every moment along the way until my feet touch the stage this July for my first bikini competition.  My plan after the show is to focus on working with individuals who have health issues that desire to reach their own fitness goals. 

The Final Stretch
September 01, 2015
The last 3 months leading up to my show have gone so fast, it's incredible how...
Training the "Untrainable" - A trainer's insights
June 24, 2015
Training The Untrainable! - A Trainer’s Insight.  When Kim tried to...
My Life with POTS - Part 2
June 21, 2015
3 months to show time ..... This is my first experience with contest prep...
MY LIFE WITH POTS - PART 1
May 15, 2015
The P Word... My life with POTS.  My name is Kim Merke. I am a 38 year...