Category Archives: Health clubs

Ganesh Yoga Studio to move to Delano

WICHITA — Christince Vumai is branching out on her own and moving her Ganesh Yoga Studio from the Nurture Wellness Center in College Hill to new space in Delano.

“I was starting small to kind of get a feel of it,” Vumai says of opening within Nurture Wellness Center in April.

She’s now in the process of moving to 1201 W. Douglas, which is just off the southwest corner of Douglas and Seneca across from QuikTrip.

The space is just over 700 square feet.

“I don’t want anything huge,” Vumai says.

“I want to keep classes small and intimate,” she says. “I want it to be very accessible and not intimidating.”

Vumai, who offers standard yoga for all levels, plans to reopen Aug. 2.

She says she named her business after the Hindu god Ganesh. Vumai says she especially likes his elephant symbolism.

“The elephant symbolism is very welcoming and nonintimidating.”

Genesis Health Clubs purchases Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka

WICHITA — Genesis Health Clubs has added three more facilities to its growing chain of health clubs in Kansas and Missouri.

Genesis bought all of the Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka, which includes ones at 2020 NW Topeka Blvd., 2061 SE 29th St. and 2909 SW 37th St.

“I’ve been anticipating moving into the Topeka market for a long time, and excited to bring the Genesis brand to the community,” owner Rodney Steven II said in a statement.

Steven has worked with Maximus previously when he purchased Maximus clubs in Lawrence and Leavenworth in 2011.

Genesis has 18 facilities now, including clubs in Hutchinson, Emporia, Salina, Leavenworth, McPherson, St. Joseph, Mo., two in Springfield, Mo., two in Lawrence and five in Wichita.

Steven plans to remodel the new Topeka clubs.

“I look forward to providing beautiful health clubs to the city of Topeka,” Steven said. “I am fully committed to maintaining safe, clean, state-of-the-art facilities and hope to create the same great atmosphere here as we have at our other Genesis locations.”

Genesis Health Clubs acquires two Ozark Fitness Centers in Springfield, Mo.

WICHITA — Rodney Steven II is at it again.

He’s added two more health clubs to his 28-year-old Genesis Health Clubs chain, this time in Springfield, Mo.

Steven has purchased his friend Dan Martin’s two Ozark Fitness Centers in Springfield.

“The clubs are so similar to ours,” Steven says. “It’s just a very similar marriage for us.”

This brings his total to 15 clubs in Kansas and Missouri, including five in Wichita.

“Dan’s been a good friend for a lot of years,” Steven says.

“He’s kind of an industry veteran. Warrior, actually,” Steven says. “He started out in just a little garage.”

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Urban Oasis Yoga Studio to move to Minisa Corner in Riverside

WICHITA — Urban Oasis Yoga Studio is moving to a new urban setting.

Jennie Cooper, who bought the Delano business in June, is moving it from 535 W. Douglas to Minisa Corner at 13th and Bitting where Riverside Cafe is.

“I love that I’ll be in more of the community with the schools and everything around,” Cooper says.

Her current Delano space, where she’ll be through the end of the month, is 3,000 square feet.

“It’s insane,” Cooper says of how large it is.

The new space, which opens Feb. 1, is about 1,000 square feet.

With the move, there will be additional classes and new schedules. Cooper says she offers classes “from the womb to the tomb,” including prenatal, beginning and more advanced classes.

Class sizes are small, but Cooper says, “We have a very full schedule.”

Genesis Health Clubs acquires St. Joseph Tennis and Swim Club

WICHITA — With the addition of its first health club in Missouri, the 28-year-old Genesis Health Clubs now has a baker’s dozen.

Genesis has 12 health clubs in Kansas and has acquired the St. Joseph Tennis and Swim Club at 3107 N. Belt Highway in St. Joseph, Mo.

“I just saw a huge opportunity,” says owner Rodney Steven II.

He says his goal is to transform the tennis center into a full-service health club in addition to a tennis center.

“They don’t currently have fitness there now,” Steven says. “They need this really bad, so it’s going to be really fun.”

He plans to begin moving in fitness equipment and then will expand the building and add cardio and weight rooms. Steven also plans to remodel the tennis courts and expand and remodel the locker rooms.

Genesis also bought two and a half acres to the north of the current tennis center to expand.

The chain has experience transforming tennis facilities into health clubs. In 2001, it acquired the Wichita Racquet Club, which had 2,000 members. Today, the health club on Rock Road – the premier club in the chain – has 10,000 members.

Genesis has five facilities in Wichita, two in Lawrence and one each in Hutchinson, Salina, Emporia, Leavenworth and McPherson.

Much of the expansion to other markets has come in the last five years.

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CrossFit Compelled to open within Flying Moose Antique Mall on West Kellogg

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.

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Train Insane CrossFit to open downtown

WICHITA – Cole Warner and Breanna Long hope to take advantage of the fitness craze CrossFit and otherwise with their new Train Insane CrossFit gym.

The two, who used to work for another Wichita fitness business, will open theirs in 7,000 square feet at 235 N. Emporia.

Warner says he was helping his previous employer find space for another gym when he found this downtown space. He says his employer decided not to use it, and he and Long decided they wanted it.

“I like the open view,” Warner says. He says his building isn’t surrounded by others.

“People can see us driving by very easily.”

Warner is a former Friends University football player, and he now is a linebacker coach there.

Long is a former Valley Center cheerleader. She says she was going to go on to cheer at Wichita State University but was injured.

Then she got in on the fitness training craze and lost 30 pounds.

Train Insane CrossFit will have CrossFit classes and some boot camp-style training. Warner says it will be intense but “not so intense to scare people away.”

Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the space.

Train Insane will offer free one-week trials when it opens, which should be in early October.

You don’t say

“We made a mistake using an out-of-town vendor. Looking back, definitely work with someone local on LEDs.”

Genesis Health Clubs owner Rodney Steven, who is suing what he calls an unresponsive out-of-state company that he says installed such faulty LED lights that he’s had to revert to the traditional lighting he previously had

Mike Lewis moves Newton gym, opens training center in Wichita

UPDATED — Mike Lewis has moved his Newton-based gym and is opening a personal training center in Wichita.

Mike Lewis Fitness is now in about 6,000 square feet at the Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

“Basically, I’m growing,” Lewis says of his business, which opened in 2009.

The gym offers a variety of workout options, such as spin classes, boot camps and personal training.

The new business, Fitness on the Waterfront, is opening at the Waterfront development at 13th and Webb Road exclusively for personal training.

“The clientele up there around the Waterfront is the main reason I want to do the Waterfront one,” Lewis says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Personal training that he received, along with a sports background, inspired Lewis to open the gym.

“I’ve played every sport known to man,” he says. “I always wanted to open my own gym.”

Rogue Personal Training to move to Central and Andover and almost double its space

WICHITA — Landon Branine’s vision is to one day own a building to house his Rogue Personal Training. For now, though, he’s settling for expanding to the former Pure-Formance Sports & Fitness Training Center space at Central and Andover Road.

“It’s basically double … the floor space that we have now,” Branine says of the almost 5,000 square feet.

The business, which opened in January 2012, currently is at 1641 N. Andover Road.

Branine has six trainers on staff in addition to himself. He says he’s added two more recently “because they know that we’re going to have the space to do more in the future.”

The additional space will mean additions to what the business can offer, Branine says.

“We do a lot of group training, so it will allow us to have larger groups.”

He’ll add cardio kickboxing and a few other cardio classes so he can “just continue to diversify and find new ways for people to get in their cardio.”

He says with the trainers and their different skill sets, he can offer the fitness and rehabilitation help that clients are seeking.

“We pretty much cover all the bases.”

Branine is renovating the Central-and-Andover space, which he says will be ready in early June.

Though the new space is designed to help the business grow, Branine says he hopes to do it by going slowly and “playing it smart.”