author Karla Walsh
author Karla Walsh

Karla Walsh

Karla Walsh (she/her) is a Des Moines, Iowa-based freelance writer, editor, and former fitness instructor. She holds a double major in magazine journalism and kinesiology from Iowa State University. Karla received her personal trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and group fitness instructor certification through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She also passed her level one sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers. She's covered health, food, fitness, psychology, beauty, and beyond for more than 12 years. In addition to Shape, her writing has been published in AllRecipes, Runner's World, Shape and Fitness Magazines, as well as on EatingWell.com, BHG.com, ReadersDigest.com, TheHealthy.com, Prevention.com, WomensHealthMag.com, and more. In 2021, her work was given an honorable mention in Folio's Eddie and Ozzie Awards in the Single Article—Consumer, Health/Fitness category.
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