Kelechi Okafor is awesome. She’s been listing Twerk Werkz classes on Wonderush for months, and getting fantastic reviews in the process. This week she opened her very own fitness studio in London, which means she’s now in an even better position to help people all over the city to have the kind of really positive workout experience she always aims to achieve. We can’t wait for our first visit to the brand new Kelechnekoff Fitness, but in the meantime we sat down for a chat, because we love doing that with people we think are really cool:
How did you get into what you do?
I can’t remember actually getting into dance because I’ve always danced from a young age. It was very much a part of my West-African culture. I started teaching others to dance as a form of fitness six years ago when I realised that people want to enjoy themselves as they get fit. Not everyone wants to “feel the burn!”.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My teaching style is firmly rooted in loving everybody I encounter and assisting them on their fitness journey in the way that makes them most comfortable. I always say that my only rule is that we don’t use the word “can’t” in a class, because we can do anything we put our passion into.
Why would you recommend your activity?
I would recommend Twerk Werkz because it really does work! It gets you fit, gives you a cute booty and puts a big smile on your face.
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
People are always surprised to find out that my favourite genre of music is actually Country & Western. Maybe I’ll start doing country music fitness classes and combining my passions!
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work, I like to read poetry and watch really terrible reality TV. Sorry!
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there?
My favourite part of London will always be Peckham. I grew up there, and its vibrance is what I always miss when I travel to other places. I love food and would definitely recommend “Obalende Suya” for Nigerian-inspired grilled meats and tasty dishes.
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
The experience I would like to try most in the world is probably crossing a really high bridge connecting two mountains somewhere in Asia. I imagine that being so high would be terrifying but I would also get to experience breathtaking views (if I don’t pass out from fear!).
What does the future have in store for you?
The future is exciting! My studio “Kelechnekoff Fitness” has just opened, and there’ll be loads of classes focused around shaking your bum or climbing a pole. The studio is in Clapton and I’m really looking forward to the experience of bringing my super Fit Love ethos to East London.