Blacksburg residents have a new way to stay fit. Cardio Uncaged, an all group fitness studio, officially opened its doors on July 20 in Hethwood Square Shopping Center, offering the public a new and different way to workout.
Owners and managing partners Krystal Profitt and Shannon Wright started the new fitness center with the intent of creating an intimate, positive atmosphere to make clients’ workouts something they can look forward to.
“Our hope at Cardio Uncaged is to build a community of people who want to support each other toward their goal to get healthy,” Profitt said.
Cardio Uncaged offers weekly sessions of six classes taught by skilled instructors, such as Zumba fitness, Zumba toning, Insanity and others.
The owners pride themselves in their fitness center’s structured set-up and accessibility, offering visibility by spending time in the front of the center and by teaching some of the classes themselves. They hope through these efforts, clients can see them and get to know them, furthering their goal to provide a personable and comfortable workout environment.
“The mission was to have a place where people can come together and not feel threatened when they walk in,” Wright said. “It makes it a lot more focused on fun rather than feeling like you’re dragging yourself to the gym. You can just come in your work out clothes, take the class and go home. It’s just one of those things that’s supposed to be a very easy and fun experience and that’s going to make people want to continue working out.”
The classes focus on a range of physical aspects including strength building, cardio fitness and meditation. Cardio Uncaged offers new clients’ first class for free. After that, a single class rate is $8, a day pass with unlimited uses is $12 and punch card passes, three-month passes, and year-long passes are also offered with discounts for students and local businesses from 25-30%, Wright said.
Cardio Uncaged encourages members to contact the owners with new class ideas, from hip-hop to martial arts to pilates. “We are open to bringing new types of fitness to members," Wright said.
Profitt said Cardio Uncaged has been attracting a lot of professionals, grad students, and professors, though they anticipate a wider client base in the future.
“We’re looking to add a Zumba gold class and walk live — a walking class targeted to a more senior population,” Profitt said, citing the gym’s methods to broaden community outreach.
Members of Cardio Uncaged say they enjoy the way the center is set up and how different it is from typical gyms.
“I enjoy it because of the overall fun atmosphere,” said Haley Critts, a member who participates in the Zumba classes as well as Kick Boxing and Insanity. “I don’t feel intimidated when I go in there. Everybody is welcoming and excited. That’s what makes Cardio different. It’s just fun.”
Molly Wagner, another member of Cardio Uncaged, likes the consistency in the clientele during programs.
“It’s totally fun to go work out with people who know your name,” Critts said. “One of the cool things is that everyone who’s going now, you usually see them in a couple different classes so you really get to know them. Just getting that daily encouragement to go to the gym keeps you working hard toward your personal and group goals.”
The new fitness center will be hosting an open house on Saturday, August 17, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and welcomes the community to enjoy a casual get-together. Visitors will be able to sample a variety of classes offered by the center, such as Zumba, Boot Camp, Insanity, Turbo Kick and Yoga.
“We just wanted to have a way for the public to come in and tour the studio, meet the instructors, and demo the classes,” Profitt said. The open house will feature refreshments, giveaways and music in the hopes of encouraging people to break out of their regular fitness routine and try something new.