Meet Coach Karli


Article by Somerset Hills City Lifestyle

Photography by Provided

A local fitness aficionado has been making waves in the Greater Somerset Hills area. Her name? Coach Karli Saur. If you've ever considered taking your fitness journey to new heights, then it's about time you meet the incredible woman behind Iron Diamond Fitness LLC.

Hailing from Bernardsville, NJ, Karli has established herself as not just a private fitness instructor but as a beacon of inspiration for many. Balancing the rigors of her professional commitments with the joy and challenges of family life, Karli's world revolves around her supportive husband, their two young kids (both under 2 1/2!), and their adorable pup, Brooklyn. Karli fondly remembers her other furry companion, Bucky, who sadly passed away in April. His memory remains etched in her heart.

When asked about her journey into the fitness world following a successful 20-year run through organized sports, Karli reminisces about her early days in the industry post-college. The fitness realm, though rewarding, can sometimes be harsh, especially for young women. She cut her teeth in the industry over the course of a decade, spanning from Miami to New York, instructing various high-profile gyms and fitness studios. Determined to pave her own path, she harnessed her athletic background, spanning her college years, and her robust academic qualifications to start her very own venture, Iron Diamond Fitness, in 2013.

While Miami's community once bore witness to her thriving boot camps, today, Basking Ridge and the surrounding area benefit from her expertise. Her modus operandi? "I am mobile and flexible. If you have a busy or inflexible schedule, I can tailor fitness programs that you can do on your own time. For in-person training, I can come to your home, you can come to mine, or we can even meet at a local park for a fresh air workout!" She's indeed revolutionized the definition of "house calls."

But it's not just her flexible approach that sets her apart. Karli is a living testament to the age-old saying – "Success comes to those who plan." Whether you're an aspiring business owner or someone looking to dive into the fitness industry, Karli has sage advice: "Create a realistic timeline for yourself, understand the nitty-gritty details, and do your research." Wise words indeed.

A creature of habit, her daily life is a blend of routines and spontaneity. Mornings are reserved for work, household chores, and fun activities with the kids. However, by afternoon, it's all about family fitness—anything from stroller workouts, playful sports sessions, or simple yard work to keep the family engaged.

So, what's next for Iron Diamond Fitness? Karli envisions a future where her brand is synonymous with women’s health and fitness in the area. As a full-time mom who balances career and family life, she understands the struggle to maintain fitness, health, and well-being while navigating life’s many obstacles and obligations. With plans to expand her offerings in pre-/post-natal care, weight loss, habit restructuring, endurance training, and much more, she dreams of hosting regular seasonal classes and races throughout Somerset Hills in the next decade.

Beyond her professional expertise, Karli's commitment to her clients is unparalleled. She believes in prioritizing the needs, health, and goals of her clients, often leading to long-term relationships that evolve into friendships. With an impressive array of certifications covering general fitness, sports conditioning, nutrition, and even sports psychology, it's clear why many choose to remain "under her wing."

The greatest joy of her work? "The sheer autonomy of it!" exclaims Karli. The flexibility allows her to manage stress effectively, ensuring a balanced life for her and her family. Working independently has also cultivated a heightened sense of responsibility and accountability, essential traits both professionally and personally.

With a firm belief in honesty and transparency, she advocates for the importance of truth, especially when it concerns one's health and well-being. And when she's not coaching, you'll find her outdoors, enjoying quality time with her family, indulging in a good wine or IPA, or grilling some delicious burgers.

And if you're wondering about some fun tidbits about Karli – she’s a former collegiate athlete in both soccer and softball. A passionate runner, she’s conquered countless half and full marathons and even a few ultra marathons. One thing’s for sure – in the coming years, you’ll definitely spot her coaching her kids' local league teams!

So the next time you're in the Basking Ridge area and are pondering how to get more fit, or looking for a  renewed commitment to personal health, remember the name – Coach Karli Saur. An embodiment of passion, dedication, and resilience, she's here to guide you every step of the way.

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