A North Shore fitness center is growing stronger by expanding to a larger studio.
Fit Lab Kauai recently opened its new 700-square-foot location above Lappert’s Ice Cream next to the Princeville Foodland. The fitness facility offers restorative classes, high-intensity training and everything in between.
“People don’t really know about us, since we used to be tucked into a little corner with poor visibility,” said owner and fitness instructor Sara Folsom. “But we are kind of a one-stop shop for fitness.”
The business was founded in April 2016 by professional surfer, Sebastian Zeitz, and his wife Christy.
Folsom was hired as their full-time instructor from day one and eventually bought the business in November 2017.
The center welcomes people of all fitness levels and ages by creating an empowering workout experience for weight training, barre, TRX Flow (suspension training from the ceiling), restorative yoga, Pilates, kickboxing and indoor cycling with 20 stationary exercise bikes.
“We really strive to make everyone feel a part of our ‘ohana and our community,” Folsom said.
“In one class, there may be a couple of 16-year-olds that are out of high school and all sorts of 70-year-olds that are retired,” Folsom said. “It’s so neat to see the community come together like that.”
The small business recently earned second place in Kauai’s Catch a Wave Business Competition on May 18. It was a beneficial experience that helped Folsom improve her business plan.
“I was impressed by how many successful businesses are on Kauai and people who are driven to make their businesses even more successful,” said Folsom, who was awarded five hours of mentorship from a business expert and a $1,000 grant. “Just being a part of that group and listening to other presentations, I was so inspired to continue the best I can to make my business profitable.”
Fit Lab offers group fitness classes, special events and personal training sessions, in addition to monthly dance workshops on the last Saturday of every month. Fit Lab is equipped with a movie theater projector.
“Fit Lab is one of the most eclectic clienteles I’ve ever seen,” Folsom said. “It doesn’t matter what age or fitness level or preference somebody has, there is a space for them at the studio.”
Six-week programs designed in house with weekly fitness regimens cater to small group, personal training sessions. Coaches provide proper goal setting, accountability systems, and pre- and post-body composition analysis.
The drop-in rate for classes is $18 for locals and $20 for visitors. An unlimited monthly membership costs $170, and first-time member receive the first month for $100.