WICHITA — What started as a garage-type gym for family and friends is turning into Wichita’s newest CrossFit gym.
Ryan Phelps says he and his friend Allen Wasinger were bored with their workouts and started doing CrossFit together to try something new.
“We just kind of looked at each other halfway through,” Phelps says of their first CrossFit workout. “We thought we were in good shape.”
They thought CrossFit took them to a new level, so they started introducing their friends to it. Phelps borrowed space from his wife Becky’s parents in an extra room they had at the Flying Moose Antique Mall at 9223 W. Kellogg.
“Before we knew it, we had so many people working out there every night,” Phelps says. “We never really had any intentions of getting that big.”
They called their 500-square-foot space Beast Mode Fitness, but they didn’t charge anyone for coming.
“We had so many people showing up,” Phelps says.
With encouragement from friends, he says he and his wife and Wasinger decided to make it official and become a CrossFit affiliate gym. Ryan Phelps says they had to jump through a number of hoops, but they got their certification and are expanding into almost 4,000 square feet at Flying Moose and changing their name to CrossFit Compelled.
“We like what CrossFit does,” Phelps says. “We’ve seen the transformations within ourselves.”
He says they also “were just really inspired by how promising the growth looked” for a CrossFit gym in the market.
“It hadn’t really grown to levels it had elsewhere,” Phelps says. “There’s still a lot of people who don’t know what it is.”
Though there are some CrossFit gyms in Wichita, Phelps says, “Really, we’re not saturated yet.”
The new gym tentatively will open Dec. 1.
Phelps says he expects the gym to be an atmosphere of encouragement.
“I’ve been into plenty of gyms,” he says. “What we’ve seen in the CrossFit culture is different than any other fitness area.”