About Karina

Karina’s love for athletics started early. She’s been playing sports, including volleyball, softball, track, soccer, and basketball for nearly her entire life. She played competitively through high school and her enthusiasm for sports continued into her college years. In 1999, Karina graduated from New Life Institute of Massage Therapy and she began working as a sports therapist at Shasta College Athletic Training Center. Karina specifically worked with football and baseball athletes. Over the course of three seasons she put her therapy skills to work; treating injuries, taping athletes, and providing soft tissue work to help prevent injury and maintain mobility. That experience as a body worker has immensely helped Karina’s eye for coaching. Her approach to movement is influenced by her knowledge of soft tissue maintenance--and this allows her to modify movements and provide specific attention to areas in which clients may need additional trigger point therapy and foam rolling. Karina continues to use her therapy skills when she occassional covers Tory Zellick, owner of In Touch Bodyworks. Karina came to NorCal Strength and Conditioning as a client in hopes of ‘mixin’ up’ her regular six day a week, two hours a day gym routine. She discovered an amazing collection of coaches who viewed health, stress-free living, and happiness in the highest regard. Karina’s success as a client at NorCal, as well as her expereince as a body worker brought the realization that she could give back to others all that she had learned. Karina obtained her CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2009. She has also attended the Black Box Summit with Coach Rutherford, as well as the Paleolithic Solution Seminar with Robb Wolf. Karina currently coaches Low Intensity Functional Training, Elements, and Level 1 classes. She enjoys the variety of clients that attend her classes--and recognizes her improvement in coaching comes from the depth of client she has the opportunity with which to work. Karina has the proud honor of personally coaching the 2010 Paleo Challenge winner . Training just 2 days a week and eating paleo brought success to Mary Elaine. Karina considers it a gift that she was able to be a part of someone’s transformation. Contact Karina and give yourself the best gift around--your health!


Posts by Karina

    Jenny placed 6th in the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games!

    Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Events, In The Media, Outside the gym | 7 comments

    Jenny placed 6th in the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games!

    It was a weekend of triumphs for Jenny during the Crossfit Games. I know many of you followed on Facebook, watching the live stream via internet and a few of our folks even made it to the actual games to cheer on Jenny in person. And man was she worthy of cheering! Just the fact that she made it to the games was triumph #1. Some other fun facts are; Out of over 25,000 original athletes trying to get to the games, she came out 6th, as a rookie! She was the top girl out of the NorCal region even beating long time crossfitter, Annie Sakamoto...

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    Red Hot Update to carry you through the weekend + A bomb ass salad!

    Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Events, Outside the gym, Paleo, Recipes | 0 comments

    Red Hot Update to carry you through the weekend + A bomb ass salad!

    Ok we have some new news on Miss LaBaw and her wod’s  for this weekend. There will be swimming in the first event. This has never been done before in any crossfit games. Swim will take place in the ocean and the rest of the workout will take place on the beach.  Workout #1- For time 210 meter Ocean swim 1,500 meter Soft-sand run 50 Chest-to-bar pull-ups 100 Hand-release push-ups 200 Squats 1,500 meter Soft-sand run The second workout has a surprise and seemingly controversial twist….. Each competitor will get 2 attempts at...

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    Build.com Supports Jenny LaBaw in Crossfit games this weekend!

    Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in Events, Featured Clients, In The Media | 0 comments

    Build.com Supports Jenny LaBaw in Crossfit games this weekend!

    Part of being here at NorCal means you are a part of a special community. A community  with a ton of awesome athletes/trainers, and generous business owners. One in particular has been instrumental in helping Jenny get ready for the games. That would be Build.com, owned by the Friedlands.  They generously helped sponsor Jenny so that she could focus on her training to make the cut for the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games that are taking place this weekend in LA. Build.com is a home improvement website where you can buy almost anything you can...

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    Pregnancy thoughts, woes and questions

    Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Nutrition & Health, Outside the gym | 2 comments

    Pregnancy thoughts, woes and questions

    So here I am, 8+ months pregnant and feeling like a mini whale. We have tons of moms here at the gym so I imagine most of you can attest to this feeling. There comes a point where your baby belly no longer does what you tell it to. It’s as if it has a mind of it’s own. I say roll over, and it says make me. Every few hours I am tempted to measure it to see how much more it’s grown. And talk about needing a napkin in my shirt now…. the belly is like a food magnet, anything that drops will inevitably end up on my stomach....

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    Happy 4th of July!

    Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Outside the gym | 5 comments

    Happy 4th of July!

    Today is they day that we celebrate our independence. July 4th, 1776 our Declaration of Independence was signed and we officially became free from Great Britain. Thank heavens for  our freedoms. Have a wonderful day and see you all tomorrow ready to work off the ice cream from last weeks...

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    Holiday Weekend Updates!

    Posted by on Jul 1, 2011 in Featured Clients, In The Gym | 1 comment

    Holiday Weekend Updates!

    This weekend is a modified schedule due to the 4th of July holiday.  All levels class on Saturday July 2nd is at 9 am only taught by Miss LaBaw and Monday July 4th is a modified schedule as well with one all levels class at 9 am taught by Miss Deluca. I have no doubt these will be fun classes so if you are in town and looking for some muscular fireworks then hop into the gym to kick a few calories before heading to all the “paleo” BBQ’s you will be attending. A few more noteworthy things going on this upcoming...

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    A little weekend exercise

    Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Outside the gym | 0 comments

    A little weekend exercise

    Hey guys, as we well know it’s officially summertime here in Chico. Holy cow is it hot now. I guess we didn’t need a transition in weather change anyway! Don’t get stuck inside glued to the coach on your ass on the weekend just because it’s a scorcher outside. There are some great swimming holes around here to hike to so  you get the best of both worlds. You get your sweat on hiking, possibly a farmers tan (DeLuca’s favorite:) and then your get to cool off in some gorgeous water. I found this great article from...

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    Gourmet Meal on a budget

    Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Nutrition & Health, Paleo, Recipes | 1 comment

    Gourmet Meal on a budget

    Who doesn’t love shrimp, salmon, roasted veggies, and grilled sweet potatoes???? In a restaurant this meal would cost a pretty penny. Wild salmon fillets per plate can run about $25-35. That is a heck of a lot. I made the exact meal for $15 for 2 people just last week. Large salmon fillet (large enough for two people) at S&S for $8.00 Uncooked Shrimp at S&S for $2.00- 6 of them- pretty large ones 4 whole zucchini’s for about $2.00 from farmers market 1 large sweet potato for $1.50 from S&S 1/2 of a lemon $.30 Add tax...

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    You be the coach

    Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Movement | 4 comments

    You be the coach

    I would like you to look at all the photos I’ve posted and you guys tell me what you would do to correct any technique issues if there are any…. This is just so that you all get to see a little bit of what we look for as your trainers on a day to day basis. This is not meant to be hurtful in any way shape or form. I want to use this as a learning opportunity. What would you tell these folks in order to help them with their form? Put your answers in the comment...

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