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Karen Palacios-Jansen Named to Golf Digest Magazine’s Top 50 Golf-Fitness Professional List

Cardiogolf creator and golf performance coach Karen Palacios-Jansen has been named to Golf Digest’s 50 Best Golf-Fitness Professionals in America.  The list, the first of its kind by a fitness- or media company, was compiled by Golf Digest’s expert panel of trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists and doctors who nominated their peers based on their knowledge of the game, their knowledge of exercise physiology and biomechanics, and how they apply both in working with clients.

The list is the December issue of Golf Digest Magazine available on newsstands now.

About Karen Palacios-Jansen

Karen Palacios-Jansen, 2008 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, has been voted “Top 50 LPGA Teacher” and voted to “Golf Digest’s Top 50 Best Golf-Fitness Professionals in America”.

  • LPGA Teaching Master Teaching Professional
  • Vice-President LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals
  • AFAA Certified to Personal and Group Trainer
  • Certified Pilates Trainer
  • Nike Golf Performance Specialist

Karen has her own golf events company-Swing Blade Enterprises in Mooresville, North Carolina. She is a certified personal trainer, a Nike Golf Performance Specialist and Pilates instructor. She developed a golf-specific fitness system called Cardiogolf available online at Cardiogolf.com and on DVD.

As a member of The Nike Golf Advisory Staff, Karen participates in Nike product development and promotions.

Karen has appeared on The Golf Channel and is a regular content contributor to Golf Digest Magazine’s ‘Fitness Friday” column and other online platforms.

A former David Leadbetter trained instructor and Jim McLean Golf School master instructor; Karen has been a member of the LPGA T&CP since 1994.  In 2016, Karen was elected, by her peers, Vice-President of the LPGA T&CP (Ladies Professional Golf Association Teaching and Club Professionals).

Karen, a freelance golf instructional and fitness writer, is formerly the managing editor for Golf Fitness Magazine. Her blog “KPJ Golf” is read by thousands of golfers each week. Karen has spent the last 10 years developing her online and social media presence. She has over 10,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and more than 100,000 views of her online video tips. Her blog, KPJ Golf, ranks 26th out of thousands of golf blogs according to Blog Rank and is ranked among the “Top 50 Golf Blogs” according to Blog Metrics Ranking.

Karen is married to Olympic Gold Medalist speed skater Dan Jansen. Frequently requested as a public speaker and lecturer at golf shows and conferences, Karen has helped thousands of golfers improve their golf games. For more information visit KPJgolf.com.

Karen voted to the Inaugural List of the 50 Best LPGA Teachers, Presented by Women’s Golf Journal

LPGA Master Teaching Professional and creator of Cardiogolf, Karen Palacios-Jansen, recently listed as one of the LPGA’s Top 50 Best Teachers.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today the launch of an annual recognition of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal. This new initiative will identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide. Click here to read more… 

About Karen:

In 2008, Karen Palacios-Jansen was voted LPGA National Teacher of the Year and in the past has been voted as one of America’s “Top 50 Best Women Teachers” by Golf Digest Magazine for the past 20 years. Recently she was voted to the Inaugural List of the 50 Best LPGA Teachers, Presented by Women’s Golf Journal.

Karen’s owns a golf events Company-Swing Blade Enterprises in Mooresville, North Carolina. She is a certified personal trainer, a Nike Golf Performance Specialist and Pilates instructor. Karen developed a golf-specific fitness system called Cardiogolf available online at Cardiogolf.com and on DVD. Karen is a member of the Nike Golf Advisory Staff, where she participates in Nike product development and promotions.

Karen has appeared on The Golf Channel and is a regular content contributor to Golf Digest Magazine’s ‘Fitness Friday” column and other online platforms. Formerly trained by David Leadbetter, Nick Faldo and Jim McLean, Karen taught at their golf schools and academies for many years before she ventured on her own. She has been a member of the LPGA T&CP since 1994. In 2016, she was elected Vice-President of the LPGA T&CP.

Karen is also a freelance golf instructional and fitness writer, and formerly the managing editor for Golf Fitness Magazine. Her golf blog “KPJ Golf” is read by thousands of golfers each week. She has spent the last 10 years developing her online and social media presence and now has over 10,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and more than 100,000 views of her online video tips. Her blog, KPJ Golf, ranks 26th out of thousands of golf blogs according to Blog Rank and is ranked among the “Top 50 Golf Blogs” according to Blog Metrics Ranking. Karen is married to Olympic Gold Medalist speed skater Dan Jansen and has two step-daughters. When Karen is not teaching or playing golf, she is teaching Pilates at 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre and Fitness Studio in Mooresville, North Carolina. For more information, visit KPJgolf.com.

Education and Career Highlights include:

  • Master’s Degree –Journalism, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois 1990. Bachelor’s Degree-Speech and Theatre, Stetson University, Deland, Florida 1988
  • Elected Vice-President LPGA T&CP 2016
  • Voted to the ‘Inaugural List of the 50 Best LPGA Teachers’, Presented by Women’s Golf Journal.
  • Voted Golf Digest Magazine (Golf for Women Magazine) “America’s 50 Best Women Teachers” list 1997 to 2013
  • 2008 LPGA National Teacher of the Year
  • 2008 LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year
  • Author LPGA Teaching Her Course– Researched, developed and wrote the curriculum for the LPGA Teaching Her Course-2015
  • Author Golf Fitness Book published by Taylor Trade Publishing. August 2011
  • 2003/2008 Voted by Golf Digest Magazine as one of North Carolina’s “Top 50 Teaching Pros”
  • 2000 Voted by Golf Digest Magazine as one of Florida’s “Top 50 Teaching Pros”
  • Over 100 published articles in magazines such as Golf Fitness Magazine, Golf for Women, Golf Digest Magazine, Golf Tips and Golf Magazine as well as many articles in local publications
  • Former Managing Editor Golf Fitness Magazine
  • Member of The Golf Writers Association of America
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor

 

Golf and Fitness – The Karen Palacios-Jansen Interview

Thank you to WomensGolf.com for interest in my teaching and golf-fitness movement.  Click on the link to read the entire article about my thoughts on golf fitness and getting women into the game of golf.

Golf and Fitness – The Karen Palacios-Jansen Interview

Karen, thank you for catching up with WomensGolf.com during your very busy summer schedule. You have a unique and very modern approach to teaching that combines golf and fitness. Where did it all start for you?

Golf and fitness have been important to me for most of my life and I will be forever grateful to my parents for introducing me to the game and encouraging me to follow my passion. I grew up kpg7 resozedliving on a golf course. My father introduced me to the game and since the first time I hit a ball, I was fascinated with how to swing a club and how to play the game.

After graduation, I began working with David Leadbetterand found my niche in life: teaching golf. It was through David Leadbetter that I met and spent time with some of the world’s best golfers of the time, including Ernie Els, Seve Ballesteros, Trevor Immelman and Se Ri Pak. I spent thousands of hours watching professional golfers play and practice and honed my teaching skills by working with golfers of all levels.

During this time, I developed a fascination for fitness and health. I would take all sorts of exercises classes, jog, and lift weights. I discovered that improving your fitness could help improve your golf swing as well. I eventually developed my golf-specific fitness program that I call Cardiogolf, a program to help improve all aspects of fitness like strength, flexibility and endurance as you improve your golf swing technique.

Your Cardiogolf approach is revolutionary because many people outside the game think golf is for cart riders and people not necessarily in the best shape – how are golf and fitness connected?

kpg2Golfers are realizing more than ever that total game improvement, injury prevention, and lower scores all come from better physical conditioning no matter what your age. You’ve been living under a rock if you don’t know that you need to exercise for better health. I designed my program, called, Cardiogolf, for golfers to kill two birds with one stone- get some exercise and practice their golf swing at the same time. So it is perfect for people who have time constraints.

Tell us about being part of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals.
I’ve been a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division for more than 20 years. It is the LPGA Teaching and Course Professionalsworld’s premier golf association for women. I have spent the last two years researching, developing and writing the curriculum for the LPGA “Teaching Her Course“. The LPGA would like to educate golf professionals about how to comfortably and successfully teach the game of golf to women differently than men. The LPGA “Teaching HER Course” is for golf professionals and consists of (4) one hour online modules with knowledge checks and interactive video segments available online at LPGA.com.
I am also currently running for Vice-President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division along with my running mate Deb Vangellow. We are excited to team together to help our fellow teachers excel in the golf industry.

To Read the entire interview, click here...Karen Palacios-Jansen interview.