WHYIFIGHT: Kara Duval
WHYIFIGHT – What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is Kara Duval and I’m originally from Quincy, Massachusetts. I’m a certified STOTT Pilates instructor in all apparatus and am fortunate enough that it is my full time job. In addition to Pilates, I teach at EverybodyFights Seaport, and I teach Barre and Kick It by Eliza.
What makes you a fighter?
My strong work ethic. My alarm goes off at 430 am every morning and the passion for what I do gets me out of bed even on the days where it seems impossible. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed, I am fighting with passion and heart.
What do you fight for?
I fight for everyone who always feels a little different from the crowd. Growing up a ballet dancer, I sacrificed a normal childhood, never participated in team sports and often felt judged by my unique decisions. I fight for everyone who follows their passions despite being outside of a social norm. Embrace what makes you unique and fight like hell for what you believe in.
What inspires you to take the hits and keep on fighting?
The community around me! I will stand by this forever. There is no greater fitness community than Boston’s. These people fight with such positive intentions, heart, energy and empathy. They are what keeps me going!
If you could fight side-by-side with one person, past or present, who would it be?
My dad, always.
What is your Fight Fuel?
Spinach, cacao, almond butter, banana smoothie.
What is your Fight Song?
You and Me, Bassnectar
What’s your favorite EverybodyFights class?
Who is your favorite EverybodyFights Trainer, and why?
This is a hard question because I truly love everyone but I have a serious soft spot for Laura Mucci. I admire how multi-dimensional she is, above all. She pushes you to your max without being overbearing and I genuinely have never met someone so humble.
How do you Fight It Forward?
I would like to think it’s my accessibility. I love getting to know my clients personally, taking the time to listen to their needs and concerns, and always being available to assist or answer questions. It’s also a goal of mine in 2017 to raise as much money as I can for local charities through Pilates.