Karla Stivers helps April Srygler up from the bench during a training session at Made4More Fitness. "My people are the most important, the people I am in contact with every single day," says Karla. Karla considers her trainees more than members of her gym; they are family. After each set, Karla puts on a smile and celebrates the little accomplishments.
Karla trains early at her gym. After taking care of her trainees and family, she also finds time to take care of her own physical and mental health. Karla has developed a specialized workout and meal plan.
Kaylee (left) and Karla Stivers prepare for the Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, which Made4More Fitness is hosting. Kaylee, Karla’s daughter, has helped with food and decorations for the walk all week. Kaylee is the youngest in the family and spends the most time with her mother..
In the corner of Karla Stivers’ office at the gym are small, posted notes with letters of encouragement from her husband Ed. Ed and Karla met in middle school during a Bible quiz tournament, and he is the only man she has ever dated. They got married when Karla was 22 years old.
Several members of the community reached out to Karla with names of breast cancer survivors. In turn, Karla has created a variety of honorary signs that were placed along the path of the Think Pink Breast Cancer 5K race. Karla has dedicated an immense amount of time preparing for the walk.
Karla and her employee Alex carry signs for the breast cancer walk to the park. Made4More Fitness is located off Zoe Lane in Leitchfield. Like her house, Karla built this new location for her business so her gym could have more accessible amenities for the community.
Chalk markers and signs honoring victims adorn the path where the Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held. Here, Karla draws one of the markers for the event.
During the Think Pink Breast Cancer Walk, Karla cheers on a young participant crossing the finishing line. Several members of Karlas gym have experienced or know someone who is a breast cancer survivor. Made4More Fitness has made the Think Pink event possible for five years now.
Karla helps Kaylee, 15, her adopted daughter and her youngest, straighten her hair the night before picture day at her school. Kaylee is the only child Karla placed in public school. Since being in school, Kaylee has joined the basketball team and has made lots of friends.
Karla, 55, watches the sunrise from her back porch with her dog Valentine. She and Ed built the house where they raised their four children on McGrew Church Road after moving to Leitchfield 11 years ago.