Mad Apple CrossFit opened its doors in downtown’s Lamplight Inn in August of this year. They have quickly picked up momentum with workouts filled with dedicated members. CrossFit’s have quickly been gaining popularity but Mad Apple CrossFit manages to offer a unique opportunity for its members.
Bobby and Brandie Petras are the owners of Lamplight Inn and Mad Apple CrossFit. Bobby tell me that, “CrossFit gyms are typically called boxes because they are in warehouses without windows. Our ceilings are windows. We have floor to ceiling windows. That is a big draw for our clients. They get the feeling of working out outside.”
"It’s for every age. My mother who is in her fifties, never worked out a day in her life and now does Mad Apple CrossFit four days a week. My father also does it. I’m a former athlete and I’m also a current member. Everyone of every skill set can do it. Every workout is scalable. I scale up the same workout for me and scale it down for my mother but we both do the same workout based on what our needs are. You don’t have to be in shape to join Mad Apple CrossFit. That is not the case at all."
Bobby goes on to tell me about the social aspect of Mad Apple CrossFit. “I didn’t have one person that I met at gyms. Now that I have crossfit, I’ve met over 50 people that I truly consider friends. You meet good, quality people. There’s no ego here. We have people of all abilities and coaches that teach every single class. It’s not an elitist kind of organization.”
Mike Martin is the Mad Apple CrossFit Affiliate Owner and Trainer. Mallory Shinneman, is the Head Coach. Mike tells me that, “Group class are fun. We make it fun. It’s never rigid and overly structured. It is a laid back setting with the intension of being healthy.” Anyone that is interested about more information or scheduling can contact Mike at 260-348-0635.
They offer an intro class and the first class is always free. Interested people can sign up for on-ramp. On-ramp is the beginning of CrossFit where basic movements are taught as well as being able to understand how to read the board for the workouts. Saturday workouts begin at 9 a.m. Mad Apple CrossFit is opened to anyone ages 18 – 70.
I ask Bobby to tell me more about downtown Fort Wayne. “I love downtown. When we first bought this building three years ago, Fort Wayne hadn’t embraced the downtown concept yet but we have really seen it boom. Three years ago people weren’t ready for a gym but now people are ready for it.”
There are over 100 employees in the Lamplight Inn with between 300 and 350 people accessing the building each day. In regard to the new grocery store coming to Lamplight Inn in 2014, they “have the plans submitted to the state for approval. We added more outdoor seating. There is going to be a bigger restaurant element aimed at breakfast and lunch. We would love to be open in the Spring of 2014.”
Bobbie and Brandie Petras are one more example of people taking downtown Fort Wayne to the next level. With a building that was once questioning its purpose in downtown, it is now flourishing. They are running a successful assisted living center, a vibrant CrossFit, and have plans for a grocery store that downtown has been dreaming about for years. We are sure that the years to come will only ensure more success for this building!
By Stephen J. Bailey for the Downtown Improvement District