FUTUREHUMAN® Publication | Fitness, Health, Science, & Athletes | Future Human® Corp.
KAREN RUDIGER founded the Futurehuman® Projects in 1974. Her career path follows a vision of bridging athletic knowledge with science to create a better fitness education. Karen is known as the renowned BodyTeacher™ expert of muscle mechanics for forty-four years. She is a world-class Trainer and retired world-class Extreme Athlete in snow skiing, winter mountaineering, and more. Karen is famed as the Mother of "Personal Training" for launching the first 'pay-per-service' 'where members could hire an athlete as a trainer at the former Jack-La-Lane Vertical Health Club of Manhattan. Throughout Karen's career, she worked with over four-thousand people. The list includes Olympians, Models, Professional Athletes, Circus performers, Contortionists, Dancers, Doctors, Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, A-list Movie Stars, and big-name celebrities like Liza Minnelli and Mary Tyler-Moore, to name a few, and people of all different ages and cultures.
Karen is a fitness pioneer and visionary whose curiosity about the human body began in childhood. In her teenage years, she worked as an illustrator of human cadavers and studying human form as an artist and scientist. She trained her body for sports and strength as a bodybuilder when muscle definition was not fashionable for females. Karen's knowledge of developing muscle mechanics comes from extensive studies. She was ahead of time and sculpted a skeleton from hard wax and attached rubber-bands to study each muscle's movement. Karen teamed up with a friend for a gym start-up business, Image of Fitness in NJ, where she became known as the 'Slimnastics Instructress' for her extensive background in anatomy, exercise physiology, and movement. She taught weightlifting, created a strength-stretch class called 'Stretchercise,' and developed the first calisthenic class with 3-pound hand weights 'Body-Works. The buzz around Karen's ideas and leadership became featured in local and state newspapers, including the Herald News.
In 1982 the fitness boom snowballed, and Karen developed a program makeover for the Woman's World Health Spa franchisees. She retrained the staff, implemented the first resistance training program for women, introduced weight training, discarded all vintage workout machines (i.e., wooden roller machines and vibrating belt machines), and replace them with weightlifting machines and dumbbells. She visited schools, hospitals, and community recreational centers advocating fitness for all people. In 1984 Karen launched the first personal training service in history in NYC and was published internationally in newspapers, fashion magazines, Elle, and American Express Signature magazine, and more. In 1986, Karen moved into New York City to share her visions and ideas advocating for fitness in public schools as the new body education, but implementing such a need would take an army. Karen will never give up hope to get body education into public schools. Then she bridged into the medical community and teamed up with influential doctors and scientists and shared her research work, proving the results and benefits of physical development, including healing cardiovascular disease. During this time, medical practitioners of health care knew little about fitness and did not implement exercise training with physical therapies. Karen's athletic talents, creativity, and persistence contributed to building a bridge with medical science; her work, theories, and ideas proved right. Only Karen's ideals of working together to formulate body education for the next generation of children were not received. From this, she learned the importance of only working with people who share the same ideals and objectives.
Today, Karen maintains a private practice with elite athletes, entrepreneurs, and a socialite clientele in New York City. She founded the Rudiger Method's™, a new exercise science paradigm 'for all' ages and skill levels to learn the framework of physical training, exercise therapy, and respiratory conditioning. Karen is in the autism spectrum of Asperger's and has finally found support from a team of athletes, helping her prepare the publishing of her work; to be released at an undisclosed time_.
Karen created the Futurehuman™ brand name, promoting her exercise philosophy and RudigerMethod's™ of training since 1977. She founded Future Human™ Corp. 2016 to build a new Futurehuman™ company to support athletes and help athletes grow their business, and build comradery within the community. Shortly after, Karen partnered with Kristi Toguchi, and together they are creating an exciting Futurehuman™ website Team. Karen and Kristi bring world-class athletic performers' unique collaboration to produce special workshops and seminars that provide extraordinary training services. They hope to raise the bar and help other fitness enthusiasts mainstream fitness and health professionals learn between the contrasting models of physical training. Their goal is to build a robust community of athletes and feature a new unique niche of trainers and coaches who lead fitness by their firsthand experiences.