Kari Pearce competed for the Michigan Wolverines as a gymnast from 2008 – 2011. After her collegiate career, she continued to fuel her competitive nature and began with CrossFit. As a CrossFit Games Athlete, Kari inspires and encourages her 70,000+ social media followers by sharing personal experiences in one of the most physically-demanding industries. Through incredibly hard work and determination, Kari finished 5th in the 2016 CrossFit Games. If you also want to learn more about her journey and be exposed to some of her exclusive workout and training tips, make sure to follow her on Instagram as well.
The Michigan native answered a couple of questions for us related to her time as a collegiate athlete and the transition into her current profession. Enjoy!
How did your college sports career prepare you for your post-graduation life?
College sports not only prepared me physically but also mentally for my post-graduation life. I learned time management, self-discipline, how to work with others and many other skills that I still use today.
If you could give one piece of advice to freshmen college athletes, what would it be?
Meet and get to know as many people as you can. Also, learn from every single one of them. Networking is one of the best tools you can use in so many ways.
If you could go back in time and re-start your college sports career, what would you do differently?
I wish I would have been more open-minded about meeting more people and going to my professors for help.
What made you go into the profession you are in today?
I really enjoy learning about how the human body works and operates. I also love fitness in general. After graduating, I began as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning intern. I really enjoy helping others and also enjoy pushing myself to the limit.
What do you miss most about being a college athlete?
The big family that you have when you are on a team.
What was the biggest challenge as a student-athlete?
Balancing being a student, athlete, and having a social life.
What was your most memorable experience as a college athlete?
Winning four big ten championships
Comment: Kari was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2009, 2010, and 2011)
What is the #1 thing on your bucket list?
Scuba dive in Hawaii.
What is the #1 goal in your life?
To positively affect as many lives as possible. I love fitness and I hope that other people see it and want to make themselves better because of it.
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