When Vasa Fitness entered the Wichita market in 2018, the chain marketed itself as an inexpensive place to work out.
Now, Genesis Health Clubs has purchased the two Vasas from Wichita, and owner Rodney Steven II said they will remain budget options.
“All current member prices will not be changed,” he said.
Steven said he has been in the health club business for 28 years and has “never raised a member’s rate before”.
“Whatever reason you join, that’s your lifetime rate.”
Although Utah-based Vasa advertised low rates for a no-frills workout, Steven said there are many different membership levels.
“There were a lot of different membership options there, and we will always maintain those options.”
There are Vasa locations at 21st and Woodlawn and near Harry and Georgetown, which were part of the attraction for Steven.
“I’ve never served the south side of town. . . so it’s going to be perfect for us.
With the new Genesis coming to Goddard soon, there will be seven Genesis Clubs in the Wichita area for members to visit.
Steven now has nearly 60 clubs with nearly 5,000 employees in six states.
“I travel so much, it’s nice to be able to reinvest in Wichita as well.”
He said the Vasa sites are “both pretty brand new facilities,” so he won’t have to do much more than rename them with the Genesis name and look.
Steven is not looking to acquire or open any other new clubs in the Wichita area at this time.
“Goddard is my only focus right now.”
It opened five new baseball fields at the end of this month at its Genesis Sports Complex in Goddard, and the new Genesis Health Club is expected to open within 30 days. Its new Blast Off Bay water park is set to open another 30 days after the one followed by the Goddard Hampton Inn.
After a delay in the Goddard project, Steven said, “It’s so close.”
This story was originally published May 9, 2022 2:14 p.m.