The Prairie Village facility being vacated by the U.S. Postal Service won’t go unused for long.
20|20 CrossFit has signed a lease to occupy the building no later than Oct. 1. And the move will prove a convenient one for owner Jon Rowley: His house is on 73rd Terrace just a short walk from the 7,000 square foot facility.
“I’ve counted it out and it’s 400 steps,” he said. “When we heard the space was going to become available, I got pretty excited. I really wanted for us to be in Prairie Village.”
Rowley founded 20|20 Crossfit out of his in-laws’ garage shortly after he and his wife Britni, a Leawood native and Blue Valley North graduate, moved to the area from Chicago two years ago. As the gym’s clientele list grew and grew, Rowley moved into a temporary space at 75th Street and Metcalf.
The vast open space that had housed the Postal Service’s mail sorting operations actually provides the perfect environment for a CrossFit gym. CrossFit is a growing fitness discipline that focuses on aerobic exercise, mobility, and Olympic weight lifting.
“What we need is a big, open floor space,” Rowley said. “We’ll be putting our rubber flooring in there and adding our equipment, but there won’t be a lot of bells and whistles. I don’t think there will be any cosmetic changes outside.”
The Postal Service’s lease on the space runs through the end of September, but it’s possible they may vacate the premises as soon as July 1. As soon as the Postal Service has left, 20|20 Crossfit will move in, Rowley said.
The gym currently trains 50 people, and Rowley hopes those numbers will grow as 20|20 moves into its larger space.
“Our big focus is what you do and how you feel outside the gym,” he said. “What you do in the gym is important — but it’s how you feel in the rest of your life that we’re really after.”