Moving to a new town can be hard, especially when it's a small place like Ucluelet. The transition for me was initially quite difficult, however, each and every day gets easier and it's because of places like The Studio and people like Kara. I have never really talked much about my love and need for working out on the blog, but it is one of the most important things I do. Working out, running and staying healthy overall has been something I have worked on for most of my 20's and I realize how much I need it when I go without it. When we first moved to the West Coast of Vancouver Island it was hard for numerous reasons but specifically because I didn't know anyone or have a place to workout. However, not long after I found out about Body By Kara. Kara is truly an inspirational fitness instructor, pushing me to limits I didn't know were possible in my body and I am so glad I found her classes. The Studio is a part of Ucluelet that makes it feel more like home than it ever has and I am so grateful for a community like this. I think the next few years will have its up and downs of living away from friends and family but it will also bring new adventures and friends because of places like this.
Check out The Studio is located at 1920 Lyche Road Unit #6. I highly recommend trying any of Kara's workout classes on offer to meet her and see this new beautiful space. Check out her website for more: http://bbkallday.com/ and her Instagram: @the_studio_ucluelet
Tell me a bit about yourself...
My name is Kara. I have been a personal trainer for almost 5 years now. I was born and raised in the lovely and small town of Ucluelet. I moved away after high school and went to college, however, the ocean brought me back. I love the outdoors and since I have 3 dogs, they always keep me busy walking all the beaches and trails. In my opinion the West Coast is where to be.
Did you always dream of being a fitness instructor?
I have always been an active person, I played lots of sports and loved horseback riding growing up. Although, I have to admit I never really did enjoy working out in the gym until college. I feel like that was the time when group fitness classes and wellness really started to take off. I started working at the local fitness centre creating programs and taking care of all the advertising. Then once I went to my first group fitness class I was hooked. Not long after I started my schooling in fitness and I have never looked back. I find that there is always a new course to take or a new method to learn.
Where did you get your training?
I did all of my training in Victoria with Body Blue Print Fitness. However, I continue to educate myself with online courses and workshops out of town. Every year I also attend the Vancouver Island Fitness Conference.
Your studio just opened, how long was this a dream of yours? And how did you make it come true?
I have always dreamed of owning my own fitness studio from when I first became a trainer with the goal of owning my own business in mind. When I first started out I was teaching all my classes outdoors and also taught classes throughout the community. With the low overhead it gave me a good starting point to see what I could afford for a rental.
As I became more established I moved into my first studio and began teaching classes and personal training in a smaller space, half of a double level. Not long after I decided I was ready to rent the full space and created the Yoga Loft. I spent 2 years there and then decided I was ready for a change and something to call my own. My husband and I had been saving and considered building. However, not long after that we decided to just look at a new studio space. Right away I knew The Studio was for me. It had a harbour view and was in the perfect, central location. It seemed like a dream, however, I knew that there would be a lot of work and time to build it. If you are willing to work hard and believe in a dream, it really can come true!
What classes do you offer at your studio?
We offer all types of classes in the studio. I personally teach Cardio Kickboxing, Dance, HIIT, Strength, Spin, Bootcamps, Toning, TRX and Bosu Classes. I offer drop in, pre registered and private group classes. There are 18 classes a week to choose from and no class is the same.
What is your favourite workout apparel?
I wear a lot of Lululemon, it lasts a long time and in my opinion is the best stuff to sweat in. I also wear a lot of clothing from my favourite local company and sponsor Pina. They print and create all of my BBK clothing. I have also recently been ordering from an online fitness warehouse: Hemmfit.ca. They are an awesome brand with great workout gear. If you haven't checked them out you should and use my code Kara15 you can get 15% off your order.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Besides running and yoga, I love to cook. I am working towards my Nutritionist Certification and Yoga Instructor Training in the near future!
Now that The Studio has opened up, what’s next for you?
I am currently registering for some new courses. I really want to get my Yoga Instructor Training and Barre Instructor Training this winter. I also plan on spending the winter getting my smoothie and juice bar open for next Spring. We will soon be a one stop shop! The key to running a successful business is to never stop learning! One of my favourite quotes is: "Never stop learning because life never stops teaching."
Stay tuned on the blog over the next couple weeks for Kara's go to workouts and favourite meals for before and after workouts.