Karen Gräbe (36) won the Mrs Fitness title at the Mrs Universal competition in Georgia in Europe.
It was the first time Karen entered a beauty pageant and she finished fourth overall.
“Fitness is my real passion and I am glad the judges also saw that,” said Karen.
She competed against women from 12 countries.
Karen’s mother joined her on the trip.
“It was a privilege to share this experience with my mother.”
Their days were filled with rehearsals and photoshoots from 07:00 to 22:00 and they had little time to themselves.
Karen fell ill on her second day.
“Because everybody smoke indoors, I thought that caused my chest pain and sore throat.”
She could continue with the pageant and only after the final day of the pageant she seeked medial care.
After her return to South Africa, Karen was diagnosed with pneumonia and was on bed rest as a result.
She recently returned to work and is again teaching her bootcamp class.
“I enjoyed my experience in Georgia very much and would love to go back one day to see more of that beautiful countryside and city centres,” said Karen.
She used the opportunity in Georgia to create awareness about Lupus, an illness she was diagnosed with five years ago.
But Karen believes God healed her of this illness.
Lupus causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues and organs.
She inspires women and helps them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Next for this fitness enthusiast is opening her own gymnasium, KG Fit Gym this October.
It will open next to Crawdaddy’s at Terra Nova in Trichardt.
It will actually be a health and fitness facility providing various professional related services.
For more information, visit the gymnasium’s Facebook page at KG Fit.