Karra Russell

Karra Russell

Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer


Studied personal training with NASM

Certified in Corrective Exercise Science

200hr Certified Yoga Teacher

About Coach

I come from a family of fitness and nutrition enthusiasts. Throughout my teens, I practiced Karate and even traveled to Japan for training. I've been backpacking since I was five (I hiked 125 miles on my own two little feet). In my mid 20's I got into long-distance hiking and thru-hiked several long trails including the Pacific Crest Trail and Israel National Trail. I enjoy mountaineering some of the peaks I've climbed include: Mt. Whitney, Mt. Fuji, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Glacier Peak. In the summer of 2015, I met my husband Ram on the Pacific Crest Trail. He had come from Israel to hike the trail. In 2017 he moved to the states. We've lived happily in Ellensburg for the past four years with our dog Cooper. I studied personal training through the NASM. Before I started coaching I used my knowledge on myself. It helped me run a couple of half-marathons, climb mountains, hike long distances, build strength, and eat to fuel those pursuits. I've been practicing Yoga since 2015. In 2020 I worked as a wildland firefighter to save money to travel to Costa Rica for yoga teacher training. I've been teaching Yoga since the beginning of 2021.

Turning Point

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was a turning point in my life. As I stood on the border of southern California and Mexico I tried to process what I'd gotten myself into. I didn't dare think about Canada; 2,650 miles away. I just wanted to survive my first day; survive the first 20 miles. Wrapping my brain around the entirety of the trail was too overwhelming. As I walked for days, weeks, and months I gained a skill I wasn't expecting but seems obvious now; how to accomplish a long goal. I learned to take it mile by mile and to enjoy the process. I learned the value of flexibility and patience. To think less about the end and be present in the process. One step at a time is something anyone can do and eventually it can get you across the country. It opened up a whole world of possibilities for me. It made me see I am capable of much more than I ever imagined.

Motivation & Passion

I'm passionate about all things health, fitness, and wellness. Everyone deserves to feel happy, confident, and strong in their body. Everyone deserves to live life to the fullest! I'm excited to coach anyone ready and willing to do the work. Change is hard and it can be slow, but you can change. No matter your goal; to feel energetic, gain mobility, live a healthy lifestyle, build strength, etc. I'm here for you, to help you and support you along your journey!

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