Cville’s Lululemon Showroom: Your Local Fitness Compass

Posted on February 6, 2013 by


The first time I walked into a Lululemon store, I looked at the mannequins in amazement and thought, “How can workout clothes be this cute?” Then I tried on a pair of yoga pants, and I knew my life would never be the same. That may sound a bit dramatic, but let me explain.

Lululemon is like the Mercedes-Benz of fitness attire: quality, luxury, and a whole lotta style.

Lululemon clothes look and feel so delicious that you’ll want to replace everything in your wardrobe with these magical threads. At 5’9” I often have a hard time finding things that are long enough in the arms, torso and legs, but with Lulu apparel I don’t have this problem. And their pants hug your derriere in such a gravity-defying way that they may soon replace squats and lunges as the ultimate butt-lifter. I don’t know how they do it, but whatever their secret is, it’s working.

lulu logoSo as you can imagine, I was delighted to learn that we have a Lululemon showroom right here in Charlottesville. Located at 109 2nd Street SE, the showroom offers the latest and greatest in exercise apparel as well as free fitness classes every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. The showroom is run by Kirsten Lorenger, Kristin Watson, Hannah Shepherd and Alex London-Gross, and these ladies have their fingers on the pulse of all things fitness. From boot camp to Pure Barre, they’re always finding new and fun ways to shake it at the showroom. And did I mention the classes are free?

We sat down with Kirsten Lorenger, showroom manager, and Kristin Watson, assistant manager, to get to know a little more about these fabulous ladies and find out why they love what they do. Over the next few months, we’ll check in with the showroom divas periodically to keep you updated on fitness trends in and around Charlottesville and to let you know about special offers from Lululemon. So keep reading!

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What does the showroom offer women that they can’t find anywhere else in town?

We offer a personalized shopping experience catered to helping you achieve your fitness goals. We make technical apparel for yogis and athletes with a fashionable flair. We can also help you find classes that interest you around town. Part of our job is to sweat in the community and get connected with the teachers and studios all around us.

We are your local fitness compass!

Where did you grow up, and how did you end up here in Charlottesville?

Kirsten grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and Kristin is from Lewiston, New York. We’re two Yankees working in the South! Kirsten started at the showroom in Richmond in early 2011. She helped to open the store at Short Pump as the assistant manager and then transitioned into opening the showroom in Charlottesville in the fall of 2011. In April of 2012, Kristin decided to leave the field of teaching and move to Virginia to pursue a more fun and exciting role as assistant manager of the showroom.

What are your favorite ways to work out?

We do it all! What we love most about our jobs is that we get to bounce around town and check out what the local studios have to offer, from yoga to CrossFit, athletic conditioning to Pilates. Spending time getting connected to our community is what gets us out of bed in the morning. We like to keep our finger on the pulse of all things fitness in Charlottesville.

What is your current favorite fitness trend?

Kristin: Pure Barre, which is a total body workout that uses the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements. It lifts your butt, tones your thighs and burns fat. Since it doesn’t involve any bouncing or jumping, Pure Barre protects your joints.
Kirsten: TRX training. This method uses your own body weight to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

What are your favorite things about living in Charlottesville?

Food, fitness and fun. There is always something to do in Charlottesville. This community is so supportive of one another. As a showroom we have the opportunity to take time to establish the best relationships on a more local and personalized level.

What does a typical workout involve for you?

We both love any workout that can combine strength and cardio in one session followed by a rockin’ flow yoga to stretch it all out.


Where are your favorite places to eat in town?

Kristin: Whiskey Jar
Kirsten: Tavola

How do you keep from getting bored or falling into a workout rut during the

It’s hard to get bored with so much variety in our local studios. There is always something juicy happening when it’s time to take your workout indoors.

What one piece of health or fitness advice do you live by?

Kristin: Working out with others! I love that group exercise classes hold me accountable, and they allow me to kick my butt while having fun.
Kirsten: Sweat once a day. Nothing feels better then sweating it out.