LITTLE VILLAGE – A gym in Little Village has expanded into a bigger home after two years in the neighborhood.

Owner Danny Diaz opened Compact Fitness – now called Compound Fitness – at 2006 S. Washtenaw Ave. in September 2020. Earlier this month, he moved the operation nearby to 1954 S. Troy St. — and it was a success, he said.

Diaz, born in Chicago but raised in Texas, said he decided to open a gym on the Southwest side when he moved back to the city after high school. The gym specializes in group strength and conditioning classes, similar to CrossFit.

The original gymnasium was small, and Diaz said he grew out of it. The space has served him well considering he opened during the pandemic when only a handful of people could be in a room, he said. But when the building owner acquired another property and they offered Diaz a place in a much larger space, he jumped on it, he said.

“It’s really unreal,” he said. “I come here and look around and I can’t even believe it.”

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Compound Fitness has a new home at 1954 S. Troy St. in Little Village where people can take a variety of strength and conditioning classes.

The new location is nearly five times larger than the original, meaning Diaz was able to add more classes, more seats in each class and provide a private practice area, he said. The gym now offers yoga and Olympic strength training.

Compound Fitness is meant to be accessible to people who have never tried this style of fitness before, which means it doesn’t have typical gym policies like contracts or early cancellation fees, Diaz said. . He also said he keeps his class costs reasonable compared to similar gyms.

“We want people to discover us without breaking their wallets,” he said. “We would prefer you could test it.”

Diaz said about 30 more people have joined the gym since it opened on South Troy Street, bringing the total number of customers to about 100. The majority of customers live on the southwest side, he said.

Although there is still work to be done to perfect the new location, Diaz said he plans to open a branch in Bridgeport in the future.

“It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m really passionate about it,” he said.

To keep up with Compound Fitness classes and promotions, follow its social media.

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