Wichita, Kansas; February 15, 2015 – Genesis Foundation for Fitness and Tennis (GFFT) Board of Directors concluded a thorough search process by selecting Lacey Mills as GFFT’s new Executive Director.
"I'm looking forward to working with Lacey, as she brings such a wealth of knowledge and passion for charitable giving to the foundation. GFFT is lucky
to have her as we begin our ninth year," said Rodney Steven II, GFFT founder.
An experienced leader in the non-profit sector with an outstanding track record of delivering results, Mrs. Mills recently spent the last three years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, growing their fundraising efforts in Central and Western Kansas. At MDA, she gained valuable experience working with local sponsors on multiple fundraising campaigns, new business development as well as managed an array of services provided to local families by the organization. Lacey demonstrated a remarkable ability to effectively build relationships with families and local sponsors to grow fundraising efforts, experience the GFFT Board deems critical for the future of their non-profit organization.
GFFT provides funds to financially disadvantaged and at-risk youth, regardless of background and means, allowing them to have the opportunity to participate in recreational and/or competition fitness activities. The Foundation will provide this funding to at-risk, disadvantages and otherwise under-funded youth. GFFT is designed to support and encourage physical activity among young people by providing funding to applicants based on the basis of need, commitment and public benefit. GFFT believes physical activity improves quality of life, and when begun at an early age, physical activity offers healthy habits that may result in lifelong health and well-being. http://genesisfoundationwichita.com/
(MANHATTAN, KS) – Genesis Health Clubs announced today the purchase of both
Max Fitness locations in Manhattan, KS. Currently Genesis owns/operates 20 clubs in
Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Emporia, Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth, Manhattan and
McPherson, Kansas, one club in St. Joseph, Missouri and two clubs in Springfield, MO. With
28 years of experience and great expertise in the health and fitness industry, Genesis
Health Clubs owner Rodney Steven II and his staff are looking forward to bringing their
passion for health and fitness and excellence in customer service to Manhattan.
“In short order, Rodney Steven has developed and perfected the recipe of providing
an upscale health club solution to our industry at a reasonable price. You don’t get to 20
really nice clubs by accident! Bringing Genesis to 'Manhappiness' will benefit our staff,
clients, and the community in general. It will provide yet another reason why our
community is already great, but getting even better.” Dave Dreiling, owner of Max Fitness.
“I am proud and excited to announce that the sale is official, and the quality of
service and programs that have been a part of Max Fitness will continue and will thrive to a
new level. We want to commend the high level of service that the their staff has provided.
We are looking forward to bringing our brand to the Manhattan community," said Steven.
Genesis is planning on building a new location from the ground up on a plot of land
on the hilltop of 2704 Allison Avenue and 0000 Fort Riley Blvd. in Manhattan. The 65,000
sq. foot health club will include will include Indoor tennis courts, Indoor Pools and
Basketball Court with Track. Genesis is known for their luxurious locker rooms, spacious
weight rooms and cardio areas as well as specialized amenities and beautiful finishings in
their clubs. They plan on bringing those same features to this new location.
"I have really wanted to expand into the Manhattan market for some time now and
finally found the perfect land to build. In the meantime we were able to finalize the
purchase of Max Fitness allowing us to serve members in town while we build what will be
one of our most beautiful clubs. We plan to break ground later this year and when it's
finished, we will close the west side location," explained Steven.
"We are excited to bring Genesis Health Clubs to Manhattan and look forward to
working with the community. I am fully committed to maintaining safe, clean, state-of-theart
facilities and hope to create the same great atmosphere here as we have at our other
Genesis locations. As well as a friendly and professional staff that puts customer service at
the top of their priority list.” Steven also stated.
(TOPEKA, KS) – Genesis Health Clubs has purchased all three Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs located at 2020 NW Topeka Blvd #200, 2061 SE 29th St., and 2909 SW 37th St in Topeka, Kansas. Genesis now brings it’s club count to 18 locations and includes facilities in Wichita (5), Hutchinson, Salina, Emporia, Lawrence (2), Leavenworth and McPherson, Kansas, one club in St. Joseph, MO and most recently two locations in Springfield, MO. With 29 years of experience and great expertise in the health and fitness industry, they are looking forward to bringing their passion for health and fitness and excellence in customer services to Topeka.
For several years, Rodney Steven II, Owner of Genesis Health Clubs, has been working with the owners of Maximus on the sale of all three Topeka locations. Genesis also purchased Maximus locations in Lawrence and Leavenworth, Kansas in 2011.
“I’ve been anticipating moving into the Topeka market for a long time, and excited to bring the Genesis brand to the community. I am proud to announce that the sale is official, and the high quality of service and programs that have been a part of Maximus will continue and will thrive to a new level.” said Steven.
Remodel plans/drawings are in the works for all locations. Genesis is known for their luxurious locker rooms, spacious weight rooms and cardio areas as well as specialized amenities and beautiful finishings in their clubs. They plan on bringing those same features
to the Topeka locations.
“I look forward to providing beautiful health clubs to the city of Topeka. 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. As well as a friendly and professional staff that puts customer service at the top of their priority list.” Steven also stated.
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(SPRINGFIELD, MO) – Genesis Health Clubs has purchased both Ozark Fitness Centers located at 1249 East Battlefield and 1828 North Glenstone in Springfield, MO. Currently Genesis owns/operates 15 clubs in Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Emporia, Lawrence, Leavenworth and McPherson, Kansas and one club in St. Joseph, Missouri. With 28 years of experience and great expertise in the health and fitness industry, they are looking forward to bringing their passion for health and fitness and excellence in customer services to Springfield.
For several months, Rodney Steven II, Owner of Genesis Health Clubs, has been working with the Dan Martin, owner of Ozark Fitness, on the sale of the both North and South locations.
“I am proud and excited to announce that the sale is official, and the high quality of service and programs that have been a part of Ozark Fitness will continue and will thrive to a new level. We want to commend the high level of service that Dan has provided. He and Ozark Fitness have been warriors for the health and fitness industry for years, and we are looking forward to working with him to continue and expand on his fitness legacy.” said Steven.
Remodel plans/drawings are in the works for both locations. Genesis is known for their luxurious locker rooms, spacious weight rooms and cardio areas as well as specialized amenities and beautiful finishings in their clubs. They plan on bringing those same features to both locations. New cycle bikes will be added to the clubs right away to replace the old ones.
“I’m excited to bring Genesis Health Clubs to Springfield and look forward to working with the community. 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. As well as a friendly and professional staff that puts customer service at the top of their priority list.” Steven also stated.
(ST. JOSEPH, MO) – Genesis Health Clubs has purchased the St. Joseph Tennis and Swim Club located at 3107 N Belt Hwy. Currently Genesis owns/operates 12 clubs in Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Emporia, Lawrence, Leavenworth and McPherson, Kansas. With 28 years of experience and great expertise in the health and fitness industry, they are looking forward to bringing a true health club experience to St. Joe. Genesis will also be sharing a portion of the future profits from the facility with the St. Joseph Tennis Foundation as part of the sale.
"Our goal is to transform the current St. Joseph Tennis Center into a full service health and tennis club to serve members and patrons in St. Joseph. You will see a lot of changes to the facility, as we plan on getting started immediately by moving fitness equipment in to the club." said Rodney Steven II, Owner of Genesis Health Clubs. "We will begin working with architects to expand the building further and to accommodate a cardio area, weight room, remodeled tennis courts (courts resurfaced, new backdrops, new lighting), and also expanded / remodeled locker rooms." Genesis has also purchased two and a half acres of land just north of the current facility for fitness expansion.
Genesis will be introducing a new tennis pro to the facility, Kyle Taylor, a USPTA professional and St. Joseph native. Kyle is a graduate of Central High School and has experience at the Kansas City United Tennis Academy, Lifetime Fitness in Colorado,Springs, CO, and is the former men's and women's head coach at a private high school in Colorado Springs. Kyle also played collegiate tennis for William Jewell located in Liberty, MO.
Genesis has had great success transforming existing tennis facilities to their health club model including the acquisition of the Wichita Racquet Club in 2001. The tennis facility catered to just 2,000 members when purchased, and is now one of the nicest full health &tennis clubs in the Midwest servicing 10,000 members.
More detail available about the remodel, rates for new members and specifics regarding the club will be available in the coming months. Questions and concerns can be directed to email@example.com.
Genesis Health Clubs has acquired a second location in Lawrence with the purchase of the previous Lawrence Athletic Club building at 3201 Mesa Way. Their first day of operations will be Friday, December 7th at 11:00am.
“The previous members of LAC won’t recognize this facility when we are done with it. The club will be completely re-designed and re-equipped in this $4 million dollar project,” said Rodney Steven II, owner of Genesis Health Clubs. “Construction will begin soon and will be completed in phases, so that we can still keep the club open for workouts throughout the process.”
The new facility will include several amenities as well as three group fitness studios. A cycling studio, a mind/body yoga and Pilates studio and a large multi-purpose studio are all in the plans for the remodel. Group fitness classes are an essential element in all of Genesis Health Clubs. Classes are taught by highly certified instructors and provide members with a great way to train with a professional while socializing with friends in a group setting. The men’s and women’s locker rooms will be completely demolished and relocated to include steam rooms and like other Genesis Health Club facilities, will be the most luxurious area in the club. Members will enjoy towel and locker service as well as provided toiletries (lotions, soaps, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, hair spray, etc…). The current tanning area in the club will be upgraded also.
Genesis members from the current Iowa Street location will be welcome to use both clubs. They will be honoring all existing memberships to LAC, as they will be acquiring all active members in their purchase.
It’s been a long transition for Genesis since first opening in Lawrence a little over a year ago. Upon opening, Steven had intended on starting construction right away. After a year of negotiations, Genesis has not been able to purchase the Iowa Street facility. They own all of their other eleven facilities and buildings, so construction plans have been delayed until they can buy the property and begin making improvements and upgrades.
“I’m excited to finally bring the city of Lawrence a first class health club with first class operations. We haven’t been able to really bring our brand to Lawrence, and we’re eager to do that in a state-of-the art facility that we own.” said Steven.
(LEAVENWORTH, KS) – Genesis Health Clubs announced today that they have purchased the property at 2924 S. 4th Street Trafficway, (the former "Food 4 Less" grocery store) and will be targeting to move by the end of the year. Currently Genesis occupies a large space in the Leavenworth Shopping Mall at 3400 S. 4th Street.
The new location allows for more space and many added amenities including a lap pool, basketball court with walking track and an MMA studio that will host the already popular mixed martial arts and American Jujitsu programs Genesis offers. The facility also will have three group fitness studios; a large aerobics floor, a mind/body studio for yoga and Pilates and a cycling studio, a whirlpool, spacious locker rooms that include steam rooms, and large cardio and weight rooms with several pieces of new additional cutting edge equipment. Genesis is known for our Personal Training and the ‘Results Based Training Program’ that will be ever so prevalent in the new facility.
Genesis Owner, Rodney Steven II, stated, “Since opening up our location in Leavenworth I don’t feel we have had the opportunity to serve our members in the way we are known for. We are sorry it took us so long, but we were unable to get the current landlord at the Leavenworth Mall to work with us on a new lease or purchase of the building on acceptable terms. We didn’t want to remodel the existing space until we owned the building or had a long-term lease in place.”
“We own and operate all of our other buildings and this purchase will allow us to bring Leavenworth a large state-of-the-art facility with the same great service and programs as we have in our other Genesis locations. The new location will host so many more amenities including full locker and towel service, free toiletries (shampoo, conditioner and body wash), hair dryers in the locker rooms, and the finishing’s will be very contemporary. We will also have the space to offer more group fitness classes and programs that have been very popular in the club, and we’ll be able to accommodate more members in every class. I’m excited to start construction and share with our members what we have in store for them!” said Steven.
The new Genesis Health Club also plans on housing three or four businesses in its facility including a tanning business with conventional tanning beds and spray tans; a supplement store with nutrition/supplements; a physical therapy office; and possibly a hair salon. Each business will have entrances from the health club for member convenience, as well as exterior entrances for the general public.
Winners of the 2011 Women's Fair Fitness Challenge.
Jake Sharp to Meet Fans in Salina
February 2, 2011
Media Relations- James Bain
Wichita Wild running back Jake Sharp will spend some time visiting with Wild fans in Salina on Saturday, February 5. Sharp will be appearing at the Genesis Health Club from 10 AM to noon. Genesis is located at 1830 S 9th St. Sharp was a star athlete at Salina Central High School before playing football at the University of Kansas from 2006-2009.
Sharp was named Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Kansas as a senior in 2005. Sharp ran for 6,524 yards in high school which is the second most in state history. Sharp was also a three-time state champion in the long jump. He left KU with the 10th most rushing yards in school history with 2,239. He finished his career with 23 rushing TD’s which is 3rd all-time.
Sharp and the rest of the Wild will open training camp in late February with the opening game of the 2011 season taking place on March 7 in Grand Island, NE where the Wild will take on the Nebraska Danger.
Download the FREE Wichita Wild App. for I-Phones and Droids. Just go to your App. Store or Droid Market and search “Wichita Wild”. Become a fan of the Wild on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/wichitawild and clicking "Like" at the top of the page. The 2011 home opener is slated for Saturday, March 12 vs. Green Bay. Season tickets start at just $80 and include FREE parking. Call the Wild office at 316-440-5044 for more information.
A tennis addition is currently underway at Genesis Health Clubs’ West Central location on 854 N. Socora. The future facility will house 5 indoor climate-controlled tennis courts and the expansion will also include an added group fitness studio and ‘Grand Slam’ tennis viewing area.
Simon Norman, Genesis Rock Road Tennis Director, is proud to announce that Jack Oxler was awarded the position of Director of Tennis at the new location. Oxler has a variety of experience both as a player and USPTA certified coach as well as background in managing a tennis facility. In 2009, he formed the Winter Junior Team Tennis League. This team competition between facilities in Wichita and Hutchinson has had tremendous success with 150 junior tennis players competing. Oxler has also coached successfully at both the high school and college levels.
Norman and Oxler have a passion for growing junior tennis players and have seen several of their players go on to get college scholarships and others learn a lifelong sport.
Along with Junior Tennis programs, Genesis will be offering men’s and women’s leagues, clinics, private lessons and many tennis social events when the addition is complete. The tennis addition is scheduled to be complete in early March, 2010. Other improvements in progress at the club will be finished 30-60 days after the tennis addition opens.
(WICHITA, KS) – Genesis Health Clubs, Wichita’s largest private health club, has announced the purchase of a 95,000 sq.-ft. shopping center in Salina, future home to a 60,000 sq. ft. health club and tennis facility. Genesis President and Owner Rodney Steven II announced today the purchase is complete for the building at 1830 S. Ninth Street.
Twenty-five thousand square feet will be added to the center, which will continue to be home to Big Lots and Harbor Freight, to accommodate the 5-court tennis facility. The health club will become Genesis Health Club’s second location outside Wichita, serving Salina residents and will be a great addition to the Salina community.
The upscale club will be luxuriously appointed with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Among the features are: three Group Fitness Studios; two Racquetball Courts; a Pilates/Yoga Studio; a High-Tech Cardio Floor with plasma video monitors/DVD players on each machine; Comprehensive Strength and Training Area; Stretching Areas and a Cycling Studio. The five tennis courts will be accompanied by a tennis viewing ‘Grand Slam’ room similar to Genesis’ Rock Road location in Wichita. Special amenities will include:
More than 40 employees will be hired from the Salina area for front desk, personal training, sales, tennis staff, management and maintenance, said Steven. Applications may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven said renovations will begin immediately with plans to do a partial opening in early 2009 and the remainder opening next fall. Exterior renovations to the center include a complete makeover and will be underway soon. Enhancements of the building will bring a vibrant new attraction to the city.
“I’m excited to move into the Salina market and bring indoor tennis courts to the area. Genesis will bring a new level of health and fitness to the Salina market by offering the very best in personnel, customer service and facilities. We are really looking forward to being in Salina!” he said. Steven added that he believes the area at Ninth and Cloud is a prime location and is confident that with the $7 million project, this corner will be a very exciting area of town.
Genesis Health Clubs currently offers four locations throughout Wichita (6100 E. Central, 854 N. Socora, 1551 N. Rock Road and 3725 W. 13th) and one location in Hutchinson (412. E. 30th). Genesis is celebrating its 23rd year in business serving the community’s health and fitness needs. For more information visit www.genesishealthclubs.com.
As its name implies, Genesis Health Clubs is a place for new beginnings. It offers four conveniently located facilities, all with state-of-the-art equipment, group fitness programs and customized personal training programs. Members receive professional health and fitness solutions from a certified staff grounded in expertise and intensive training. They have access to racquetball and basketball courts, tennis courts at the Rock Road location, indoor running tracks, swimming pools, whirlpools and dry saunas. Genesis partners with Via Christi Regional Medical Center on a number of initiatives, including a comprehensive weight-management program that combines fitness and nutrition to shed excess pounds and develop healthier lifestyles. The clubs offer childcare at all locations.
WICHITA - 7/14/09 - Group Centergy is a mind-body program at GENESIS HEALTH CLUBS in Wichita and Hutchinson that offers participants a chance to improve strength and flexibility while rejuvenating the body's systems. Its movements focus the body's energy to relieve stress, reduce pain and improve postural alignment.
"A person can achieve clearer mental vision and peace of mind by detachment from stressful thoughts and emotions. This detachment is achieved by learning to direct one's focus. Group Centergy is the perfect program to accomplish this, while working the muscles to maintain flexibility and improve circulation," states Angie Kendall, Group Fitness Coordinator of Genesis Health Clubs.
Set to uplifting music, Group Centergy is a natural stress reliever and an excellent form of preventative medicine. After just one experience of centering and enjoying the movements, Group Centergy participants will notice straighter posture, an increase in strength and flexibility and a greater sense of peace.
Group Centergy is truly for everyone, removing barriers of age, gender and fitness background. The nature of the program makes it easy for everyone to achieve success, master techniques over time and return for more. The program's flexibility, core stability, full-body training and conscious breathing components, when adapted to other activities, make those activities more fluid, effective, enjoyable and balanced.
(WICHITA, KS) – Friendship and fun are two factors that make group fitness a popular offering at Genesis Health Clubs. Starting June 16th, Genesis will launch a new group fitness program designed to increase the fun factor for participants and keep boredom at bay.
Genesis President Rodney Steven II announced today that the Club will kick off Group Powertm, the first of a multi-program offering, on Saturday, June 16th at each location:
Members are signing up now to attend the inaugural classes at each location and be the first to try out the new regimen, says Angie Kendall, Genesis group fitness director. “Group fitness attendance is usually spontaneous, but we expect an overwhelming response the first day, that’s why we’re enrolling people,” she says. Genesis employees will be invited to attend classes the week of June 10th.
First to launch is Group Powertm, a 60-minute barbell program designed to strengthen major muscles. Branded as “Your Hour of Power,” Group Powertm incorporates barbells into a series of simple, athletic moves such as squats, lunges, presses and curls, with music that motivates movement. Group Powertm is the first of a variety of new group fitness programs to roll out in the coming months, including:
Each class will be updated quarterly with new choreography and music, to keep participants challenged and avoid fitness plateaus, says Kendall. Pre-choreographed classes, specialized instructor training and quarterly program updates are what distinguish the Group Powertm and its related regimen from the competition.
Versatility is also a key of the new Group Powertm and other programs to come. “Because group fitness appeals to all ages, it’s important that people be able to work at their own pace,” says Kendall. “Participants get their own set of barbells which they can add or subtract plates from, depending on their goals and abilities.” Participants at the June 16th launch will be the first to work with new barbells. Group Powertm is designed to improve lean muscle and elevate metabolic rate, to help burn fat more efficiently.
Group Powertm is part of a scientifically designed group fitness regimen designed by Body Training Systems (BTS), a division of The STEP Company, maker of The STEP, designed and patented in 1989 and currently used in more than 25,000 clubs worldwide. For more information visit www.bodytrainingsystems.com.
Group Powertm is choreographed by Cathy Spencer-Browning, BTS National Training and Program Director. Cathy holds a degree in Human Movement from Wollongong University, Australia and is an international presenter and lecturer. In 2001 Cathy was named Australia’s Fitness Professional of the Year and has served on the American Council on Exercise Faculty Advisory Board.
Genesis Health Clubs is currently celebrating its 20-year anniversary of offering health club services. Genesis Health Clubs currently offers four locations throughout Wichita: 6100 E. Central, 854 N. Socora, 1551 N. Rock Road and 3725 W. 13th. In Hutchinson, Genesis Health Club is located at 30th & Plum. For more info visit www.genesishealthclubs.com.
As its name implies, Genesis Health Clubs is a place for new beginnings. It offers four conveniently located facilities in Wichita and one in Hutchinson, all with state-of-the-art equipment, group fitness programs and customized personal training programs. Members receive professional health and fitness solutions from a certified staff grounded in expertise and intensive training. They have access to racquetball and basketball courts, tennis courts at the Rock Road location, indoor running tracks, swimming pools, whirlpools and dry saunas. Genesis partners with Via Christi Regional Medical Center on a number of initiatives, including a comprehensive weight-management program that combines fitness and nutrition to shed excess pounds and develop healthier lifestyles. The clubs offer childcare at all locations.