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Karen Muller

I have been coaching since 2007. Getting the best out of yourself involves more than just the training. My athletes programs are a balance of training, strength, mobility & recovery sessions. I also help with sports nutrition and getting your head in the right space for being your best. If I cant help I know some excellent specialists that can!


I arrived in NZ in 2002 & have been making the most of all the fabulous outdoor activities ever since. In 2007 I left my software job to study Sport Performance & set up my own Endurance Coaching business “Fit For Life” in Christchurch. Now I can spend more time outside sharing my passion!


It all started with trail running then Coast to Coast and multisport racing but that quickly developed into the other activities that make up adventure racing & before I knew it I was participating in Godzone! I enjoy the challenges of coaching, everybody & every event is different. Along with the specific event preparation it has to be the right balance of endurance, strength & mobility. Not forgetting the importance of nutrition which is a fascinating subject with new information coming out as we discover more about our bodies & what we are putting into them! Getting our heads into the right space can also be a challenge at times but with the right tools we can reduce anxiety, race nerves, build confidence and believe in ourselves.

Mt Isobel summit
Further Faster

I'm proud to be an ambassador for Further Faster. The right gear can make a difference to how enjoyable your outdoor experience is, especially when there can be 4 seasons in one day. I was so excited the first time I entered the Further Faster store, finally, a shop that had all the gear in one place. I was like a dog with a new bone! Check out their awesome range of gear for humans & dogs. You will be well looked after by the knowledgeable staff.

Race Experience
Race Experience

Multisport: Coast to Coast Longest Day, 2 day & teams, Goldrush, Big Day at the Office

Trail Running. A whole range from representing Canterbury at NZ Cross Country  champs to some classic endurance epics including Mt Difficulty, Tarawera, The Painkiller & Motatapu Ultra

Adventure Racing: Godzone PURE, Spring Challenge and various 12-24hr races

Brevet: TDP, Something Fishy, The Odyssey

Rogaine: Everything between 1hr to 24hr

  • Diploma in Sport (Elite Performance) with Academic Distinction.

  • Post Grad Certificate in Health Sciences Endorsed in Human Nutrition

  • CPIT Sports Conditioning Level 1

  • Registered Exercise Professional

  • INWA Certified Nordic Walking Instructor

  • NZ Coaching Level 1

  • First Aid

  • Parkinsons Pro

  • Neurological Conditions and the Exercise Professional

  • Menopause for Athletes

Events I have Coached Clients for include:

Half & Full Marathons: Motatapu, Queenstown, Christchurch, St Clair, Arrowsmith, Shotover, Auckland, Wellington, Abel Tasman, Captain Cooks landing, Dun Run, Oxford Odyssey, Mission Mt Somers, Crater Rim

Ultra: Northburn events, Motatapu, Tarawera, Old Ghost Road, Kepler, Naseby, Big Red Run, UTA100, Southern Lakes Ultra

Multisport: Coast to Coast, Mountain Man, Big Day at the Office, Hard Labour Weekend, Red Bull Defiance, Wanaka MS

Orienteering: JWOC, WRC

Adventure Races: Spring Challenge, Absolute Wilderness, GodZone PURE

Triathlon: Xterra Events, Challenge Wanaka, Brecca

Cycling: Tour of Flanders, Quebrantahuesos, Fred Whitton, Pioneer

Coaching Experience
Neurological Conditions

I have experience working with clients who have MS & Parkinsons. Sessions are tailored to their specific needs and goals.

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