About Me

Welcome to the everyday life of a National-level Figure competitor!

Hi! I'm Kari Keenan!
I have competed in Figure in the NPC for 9 years. I started lifting in college - for cheerleading, of all things. After a couple months, I noticed I actually had a bicep! And that was that - I was hooked on weight training! Several years later, I was introduced to Figure, and the moment I stepped on stage for the first time, I realized I'd found a new passion. The words, "I love this!" rang through my head as I reached center stage and looked out at the crowd.

2010 Arnold Amateur, 4th Place, Class B
I've competed in 15 shows, and won the OVERALL titles in the Maryland State AND the East Coast Classic shows in Baltimore, Maryland on June 30, 2012! I'm so proud of that accomplishment!

2012 Maryland State and East Coast Classic, 1st Place, Class A, OVERALL Winner
I took 2015 off from competing ... look for me on stage again in 2016!

I love being able to increase the weight I lift, and to see how I can control how my body looks. While dieting isn't always fun, it's so rewarding to see how months of hard work, dedication, consistency, and sheer stubbornness pay off when I'm standing on stage.

2009 Jr. Nationals
This blog is about my real-life experiences. By sharing my experiences and being open and honest about my triumphs and struggles, I hope to reach others who may have similar experiences and feelings. I hope I can provide inspiration and motivation for others to lead a healthy, fit lifestyle.

Thanks for reading!
~ Kari

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ipsa scientia potestas est
(Knowledge itself is power)

2010 Lehigh Valley Championships, 1st Place, Class A
Contest History

  • 2006 Emerald Cup, Seattle, WA, Tied for 4th place Figure Class A
  • 2007 Emerald Cup, Seattle, WA, 8th place Figure Class A
  • 2008 Emerald Cup, Seattle, WA, 8th place Figure Class A
  • 2008 Contra Costa Championships, Hayward, CA, 1st place Figure Class A, OVERALL winner
  • 2008 California State Championships, Culver City, CA, 1st place Figure Class B
  • 2009 Pittsburgh Championships, Pittsburgh, PA, 7th place Figure Class A
  • 2009 Jr. Nationals, Chicago, IL, 15th place, Figure Class B
  • 2010 Arnold Amateur, Columbus, OH, 4th place Figure Class B
  • 2010 Lehigh Valley Championships, Allentown, PA, 1st place Figure Class A
  • 2011 Team Universe, Teaneck, NJ, 16th place Figure Class B
  • 2012 Maryland State Championships, Towson, MD, 1st place Figure Class A, OVERALL winner
  • 2012 East Coast Classic Championships, Towson, MD, 1st place Figure Class A, OVERALL winner
  • 2013 Pittsburgh Championships, Pittsburgh, PA, 1st place Figure Class A
  • 2013 Jr. USA's, Charleston, SC, 4th place, Figure Class B
  • 2014 Team Universe, Teaneck, NJ, 12th place Figure Class B, 8th place Masters Over 35A