Hi! Thank you for visiting Self-Love and Fitness™ and for your interest in booking me as your guest expert or speaker.

More about me:

I am Karisa Karmali, Founder of Self-Love and Fitness™, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA Certified Online Fitness Coach, and NASM Certified Nutrition Coach. 

Aside from inspiring driven people to level up athletically since a strong body is connected to a strong mind... 

This brand was built as a mechanism for me to channel adversity into something positive. 

Using my anxiety reframe methods daily, I know powerful ways to cultivate resilience. 

Building my own business is also a huge part of ensuring that I can be in a position to give back to the community. I support the Just One Person scholarship for Youth in Care because I was one. 

The odds were against me, I grew up in foster homes (since the age of 4); however, I would never call myself a victim. Why? It was just fuel for me.

We can always win in the end if we use adversity to our advantage.

Self-love also fuels self-discipline, which is needed for athletic performance, and to navigate the mental highs and lows of life in general.


Expertise in:

- Fitness for mental resilience

- Fitness and nutrition to help manage anxiety

- Sustainable nutrition and fat loss

- Athletic performance nutrition

- Losing fat while gaining muscle

- Healthifying your favorite junk food

- Healing childhood trauma using regular therapy, spirituality, and exercise

- Healing from and overcoming sexual assault 

- Avoiding falling into the trap of gaslighting yourself to stay in abusive relationships or business settings (using sexual assault and harassment as an example) 

- Overcoming shame from anxiety in toxic business settings

- Overcoming bullying and being "ganged up" on in business settings


Past topics and experience:

  • Youth Advisory Council - spoke on multiple youth in care advocacy panels (2006-2008) on the importance of education for youth in care and hosted scholarship / youth recognition ceremonies for the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa
  • Foster Adopt A Snow Angel Speech on Parliament Hill - 2010 - Topic: The need for more permanent foster homes in front of Members of Parliament and media
  • Start It Up Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre - 2012 - Topic: the importance of education for youth
  • Background acting roles with Smyth Casting (2014-2017)
  • Promotional brand representative for Annie's Homegrown and Larabar at the Kathy Smart Expo - 2016
  • Rogers Daytime Ottawa - Live Television Segment about at-home fitness - October 18, 2021



Karisa Karmali of Self-Love and Fitness: “Self-belief”

Karisa Karmali of Self-Love and Fitness: 5 Things You Need To Heal After a Dramatic Loss Or Life Change

Karisa Karmali Of Self-Love and Fitness On The 5 Things You Need To Do To Achieve a Healthy Body Weight, And Keep It Permanently

4 Ways a Strong Body Leads to a Strong Mind

3 Limiting Beliefs When Making Health and Fitness Changes and Powerful Reframes

8 Factors to Consider Before Following a Specific Diet

How To Stick To A Workout Routine During The Winter

Karisa Karmali, Founder of Self-Love and Fitness™ (Thrive Insider)


Guest speaker booking requests for podcasts, television, workshops, conferences, events:


E-mail requests are preferred as social media messages are not monitored. 

Evening bookings preferred, daytime bookings require more notice.