By CRISTINA JANNEY
Munsch Fitness is undergoing an expansion that will add mixed martial arts classes and other services.
Munsch, which has been at is current location, 1104 E. 22nd, since January 2015, has expanded into the back 2,000 square feet of its building. That space had been occupied by Lisa’s Custom Interiors, which moved to 420 E. 11th.
Prophecy MMA will move into one of the rooms in the addition from La Crosse. Prophecy will offer cardio kick, women’s self-defense and mixed martial arts classes for an additional $30 fee.
Alex Munsch, Munsch Fitness CEO, said MMA will be offered for all levels from people who just want to take fitness classes to those who want to do UFC fights.
The lobby will be moved to the back of the building, so the area that faces 22nd Street can be used to add more weights, cable machines, squat racks and bench presses.
Munsch said the gym has started to get crowded during its peak hours in the evening.
“The main point is that we will be adding more equipment,” Munsch said. “There will be more space inside the actual gym area.”
The fitness center also will add more tanning rooms, as well as red light therapy. It also offers a message therapist.
Red light therapy is a long wavelength light that helps rejuvenate skin by increasing collagen. It is used to treat wrinkles and scars.
Some providers use a gun to provide the light to a small area of the skin. Munsch will have a device that looks like a tanning bed and treats the whole body. The red light therapy will be included in membership.
Synergy Supplements also moved into the gym from its location on Vine Street a week and a half ago.
Bryan Zollinger, Synergy Supplements owner, said he thought the gym and the Synergy will be good fit.
“They have an established membership, and there is a lot of foot traffic in and out of here every day,” Zollinger said. “It is people who are interested in their health already anyway.”
The business carries body building supplements, CBD oil and general health supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and fish oil. Synergy will also offer energy drinks, healthy snacks, smoothies and coffee.
“I think it is good for the business and good for the gym, and I think we can offer a service to clients here that they can get everything they need in one stop,” Zollinger said.
Munsch said he hopes to have the renovation complete by Jan. 1. Sign-up for classes can be done online. Check out the gym’s Facebook page for more information.