Riding the fitness wave

PRINCEVILLE — While pro surfer Sebastian Zietz was taking part in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing competition on Oahu this past November, his girlfriend Krisy Fulp was thinking of her next step in life.

“I was over there. I was just like, ‘OK, what am I going to do now?’ When we get back to Princeville, I wanted to start our own business,” Fulp said. “I was thinking what we can do and what does Princeville need. It obviously needs a place for fitness, because there’s nothing around here.”

“I thought it would be perfect if we could just find a spot for everything. That’s what brought us here,” she added.

Both Fulp and Zietz have since worked toward opening such a place, and it will soon come to fruition.

“The idea came from, she was doing (barre workouts) and she loved it. And a lot of other girls love barre on Kauai, and they had to drive all the way to Kapaa. That’s the closest place to go to a barre class,” Zietz said. “And she turned me on to spin when we were in California, and I was getting ready for the US Open. I wanted to train, but I didn’t have my trainer there. Did a few spin classes, and I really liked it because you don’t really get sore from it. You feel a little sore, but nothing compared to getting trained by a trainer.”

Fit Lab Kauai will have its grand opening on April 1. The studio is in the Princeville Center. A soft opening will be Sunday.

Fulp, who previously was a retail manager in Southern California, will be using her business expertise to run the studio and she’s also in the process of becoming a certified fitness instructor. There are 12 other instructors in the fold for when the studio opens.

What will be offered includes barre workouts, spin cycling classes, TRX, surf training, personal training, yoga and kickboxing and other various group training classes.

Zietz will participate in surf training whenever he’s on island.

“I’m the investor, but I’m also involved. I’m going to be here doing the surf training when I am home, with (strength and conditioning coach) Jeff Lopez,” Zietz said. “I’m going to be doing it whenever I’m here. Now, I’m getting into a lot of contests. So, it’s not going to be as often as I’d like. But whenever I am home, I’ll be doing the surf training.”

Fulp said drop-ins will be welcome. Memberships will also be offered. Prices will vary.

Information: Fulp, fitlabkauai@gmail.com. fitlabkauai.com.

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