Carleen Birnes

One of the defining moments of Carleen’s journey into fitness was being told by a group fitness managers at a big box gym that she needed to start training clients before spring arrived since no one wanted to be inside when the weather got nice. Carleen thought, neither did she! She decided then and there to create a sports-driven fitness company that embraced the outdoors. Stand up paddle was a natural choice given the miles of rivers and creeks that flow in and around the Annapolis area. She and her team can be found on the water daily in warmer months, leading beginners classes to advanced, along with SUP Yoga, kids SUP camps and their popular SUP race league series. Carleen’s mantra is to embrace the journey - all the better with a paddle in hand, board beneath her feet, and sunshine all around. To learn more about her classes, SUP certification programs, and the awesome Mantra Fit community, check out

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