Our Founders

Courtney Montgomery, founder, partner and instructor of Hour Blast, is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer.
She was born and raised in New Orleans. Courtney grew up playing sports, but soccer and running were her favorites. She has completed 3 half marathons. Courtney attended the University of Alabama where she received her teaching certification before moving back home. She was a teacher at Trinity Episcopal School before she had her daughter, Ellie and son,Walker. After having children, she began working out with a personal trainer. She fell in love with it, became certified,and started personal training for 3 years before opening Hour Blast with her good friend and business partner, Karen Eastman. At this point in her life, she has 1 hour a day to workout. She strongly believes that HB is the place to be!

Karen Eastman, founder, partner and instructor of Hour Blast Uptown, is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. She calls New Orleans home after moving here in 2004 from her hometown of Birmingham, AL. She grew up competing in both tennis and cheerleading. Her love of cheerleading eventually landed her a job with Universal Cheerleaders Association where she taught cheer and dance from 1998-2002 while attending the University of Alabama. After graduation she spent 8 years working in finance at Wells Fargo. In December, 2010 she opened Hour Blast Uptown with close friend and business partner, Courtney Montgomery and has never been happier about going to work every day! She lives Uptown with her husband and son born in 2014. You can usually find her sweating in an Hour Blast class 3-4 times a week, bike riding in Audubon Park with her family or playing USTA tennis.