The Vibe Studio of Lynchburg was founded in January 2019 by Stephanie Manning. Originally, Stephanie was the sole instructor, teaching Dance Fitness classes. By the beginning of 2020, she developed new classes including TwerkOut and BootyCamp and launched the beginning of VIBE’s Pole Fitness program while growing the team to include 5 new instructors. A few months later, the COVID closure allowed VIBE the opportunity to expand their reach to include an online content library with weekly recorded classes.
In July 2021, VIBE relocated to their current Fort Ave location, a facility over 3 times the size of the original studio. The current studio offers 2 pole fitness rooms, a spacious group exercise room, a weight room, a locker room, a child care room, and 3 restrooms (one with a shower available to members). In October 2021, Lee Ann Strong came onboard as co-owner. Lee runs daily studio operations, marketing/ social media, and expansion plans while also serving as a Dance Fitness instructor.
To date, VIBE has served over 5,000 customers. Since 2019, VIBE has been named in the following categories for both Lynchburg Living’s Best Of Awards and the News Advance Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Adult Fitness Activity, Best Yoga Studio, Best Gym, Best Girls Night Out Spot, and Lynchburg’s Best Kept Secret. With a team of 15 instructors and over 20 classes, VIBE continues to grow and hopes to serve the Lynchburg community for many years to come.