We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Alcaraz & Shanika Arboleda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat Alcaraz & Shanika Arboleda, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding balance has always been our motto from the very beginning. On top of working full-time corporate jobs, we set aside time to start Kasa Fit Co — a fitness brand that could keep up with the needs of hard working people that crave the ability to cultivate their passion for health and fitness. Kasa Fit Co. proves that being healthy and fit does not always require a designated workout venue, such as a gym. We believe in taking breaks from work, enjoying rest days, and truly finding the balance that works for us.
What should our readers know about your business?
In the early days of Kasa Fit Co., we said yes to every single opportunity. Now, we know what works for us and our business and can make decisions based on that. If things are not a good fit, it is okay to say no. We’re still learning and facing challenges, but when you truly love your business, these challenges are fun and exciting. We want the world to know that we are here to uplift our community – we love working with local organizations, trainers, and gyms!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Where’s the best place to wear your Kasa Fit Co. weights? Outdoors! As San Franciscans, we love the park. We’d first throw on our weights, grab a coffee and breakfast burrito, walk our dogs to any park to chill for a while, then head to an outdoor bar for some drinks. We love supporting all the small businesses around us and spending time outside.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Kasa Fit Co. was built by the community around us — Tyler Kung our logo creator, Kat’s parents who stored our product in their garage, our marketer Natalie Lamb, friends who modeled for us (Carmina Solorio, Jenae Siongco, Briana Siongco, Coty Yi, Riley Kassis, Malea Eshelman, Hailey Mamizuka, Joey Gober, Austin Estrada, Nicole Persons, Meg Ellis, Janie Kaprosch, Shae McGuinness, David Barry, Naomi Noguera, Amanda Zaverdas, Salina Fountain), local trainers/gyms who support us (Kaella Madix, Cass Class Fitness, Uforia Studios, Julian Baker, LuxFit SF, NAB, Social Fit Club), our videographer Jason Sun, our photographer Aishah Davis, and all those who liked, shared, commented, or purchased. We are truly grateful for all the love and support.
Other: Our Instagrams: @katalcaraz, @shanikaarboleda