This class has developed a loyal following in part because it's an effective and fun workout, and in part because of the spunky instructor leading the routines. Read on to learn more about how Kara became our official Twerk For Your Beer instructor, why she wanted to join the Work For Your Beer team, what her personal favorite fitness activities are, and more!
Occupation: Communications Coordinator for a Charlotte-area megachurch
Neighborhood in Charlotte: Villa Heights
How did you first find out about Work For Your Beer?
Word of mouth. My gal pals at lululemon had started going to some of the run clubs and met Mel, one of Work For Your Beer's co-founders, and told me about the concept.
What made you want to be a part of the Work For Your Beer community?
Work For Your Beer creates a community. Health and fitness have always been close to my heart, but more than that, I've always been passionate about making those things accessible. Too often, we have to break the bank to find that fun group of people who are all working out, hanging out, and enjoying a "fitness community." Work For Your Beer makes it easy to find and easy to afford. (It also doesn't hurt that the co-founders are literally two of my most favorite people).
What made you excited to start instructing Twerk For Your Beer?
It's ridiculous. I'm ridiculous. It was an immediate, effortless fit. I love giving people permission to get gross and sweaty and dirty dance without any shame. It's the most beautiful thing I've found.
How long have you been a part of Charlotte's fitness scene?
Since I moved here a year ago. I started working at lululemon athletica - which, I have to say, is an incredible organization. They work to uplift the fitness community and connect guests in the store to fitness opportunities in the area. With that as a jumping off point, I've tried just about every spin, yoga, dance, bootcamp-style class in the area (and fallen in love with the community of instructors as well). And, it's totally true - Charlotte's got a lot.
How long have you been a fitness instructor?
I've been instructing off and on in different capacities since 2013 - woof, I guess that's four years?!
What has been the most challenging part of instructing Twerk For Your Beer?
I think it's a weekly challenge to make sure the choreography is fresh, that it's a good mix of what's on the radio now and those throwback songs that make you roll down your car window and go, "ohhhhhh, yeahhhhh."
What has been the most rewarding part of instructing Twerk For Your Beer?
The people, the people, the people. When I say I love the community Work For Your Beer/Twerk For Your Beer creates, I mean it. From seeing all the new laughing faces each week, to my ride-or-die front row (and TIU) gals - the cool thing about being the instructor is you get to look back at everyone each week. I'm always in awe of how incredible, fun, energetic they are.
What is your favorite thing about being part of the Work For Your Beer team?
Um... everything? I've been recognized in the grocery store a few times as one of the Work for Your Beer girls. And every time, I'm like, "HELL YES." They're these brilliant, beautiful, powerhouse ladies who believe in taking care of themselves and each other, AND creating a space for others to do the same. Whenever I'm wearing a Work For Your Beer shirt, I stick my chest out a little further. ;)
What is your biggest goal for Work For Your Beer?
One of my Twerk For Your Beer ladies came up to me after class and said, "You know, I was having a crap day until I came here. Now? I'm like, YASSSS." And, that. That's my goal. If 20 people come or 120, I want people every week to leave like, YASSSS.
What fitness activities do you personally take part in?
lululemon sort of instilled in me this idea of a "mindful athlete." Essentially, it's this idea of a well-rounded, deliberate approach to fitness. That said, I love bootcamps, cycling, yoga, lifting, all varieties of dance, and (I'm not happy about it, but) I run as well. This year, I ran three half marathons. I'm done for a while, though!
What is one thing you would tell someone who was considering coming to a brewery fitness class?
DO IT. If you hate it, you still have a beer waiting for you at the end. Especially Twerk For Your Beer. Worst case scenario, you have a fun story for your coworkers the next day.
What is your favorite local beer in Charlotte?
Overachiever from Wooden Robot Brewery (special shoutout to this gluten-intolerant-approved beer!)