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Another Fine Way to Sweat, Blink Fitness Bouncing Into Williamsburg

Via Blink Clifton

Via Blink Clifton

In March we sounded the word that a spanking new Equinox is in the cards for the Whole Foods territory on North 4th Street and Bedford, likely opening in October. That whole building is so full of chains, what with Levi’s, G-Star, Scotch & Soda, a Citibank, and a WeWork, it’s pretty much Brooklyn’s answer to an average suburban strip mall. It’s no surprise Equinox would want to get in on the free-flowing $$ from health-conscious folks with cash to burn (perhaps tapping their day away over a laptop at WeWork?).

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Going to the Gym Feel Like Prison? That’s Actually the Idea at ConBody Bootcamp

Coss Marte ( Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Coss Marte ( Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Enter the basement of 294 Broome Street and you’re faced with a row of lockers and “mug shots” under bright lights. Jail cell bars open into a sparse studio with a graffiti mural of two figures escaping through a barbed wire fence. It almost feels like the police are about to take you in for questioning. Instead, this is where ConBody trainees “do the time” with prison-style bootcamp workouts.

The decorations are more than a gimmick. It was in solitary confinement that Coss Marte first dreamed up ConBody. He saw it as a chance to transition from busted drug dealer to a legitimate entrepreneur, helping provide jobs to other former inmates in the process.

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Sit and Spin: FlyWheel Comes to 51 Astor and NYU Finally Squashes Coles

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

And there she is: on the heels of Chopt’s opening at 51 Astor this week, signage has gone up indicating that next month, Flywheel will move into the sleek new office building next month. New York City! Sinning is out and spinning is in.

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Where an Armory Once Stood, Met Pool Swims Against the Tide of Gentrification

This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center on the corner of Metropolitan and Bedford Avenues (Nicki Fleischner).

Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center on the corner of Metropolitan and Bedford Avenues (Nicki Fleischner).

It was a morning for nostalgia when Charles Hart won the bid to demolish Grand Army Hall on February 7, 1898. The building was a Brooklyn icon in sorry disrepair. Its roof leaked, its wooden floors had rotted, and the entire northern wall leaned over Metropolitan Avenue, threatening to collapse onto pedestrians below. Just 35 years ago the building had been constructed as an Armory during the Civil War, and now its very existence was a “menace to life and limb.”

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Sweat Winter Away With 6 Workouts That Aren’t Exactly Routine

Class at Exile Professional Gym (Photo: Kristen O'Regan)

Class at Exile Professional Gym (Photo: Kristen O’Regan)

Just about the only thing this long winter was good for was helping us catch up on our favorite TV shows while developing a healthy donut addiction. But now that spring is in the air, the day will soon come where we can put away the Canada Goose and get off the couch. Rather than joining the legions at the chain gyms that are spreading across the city like the plague, here are six fun, physical ways to enjoy the city, get back in shape, and celebrate our newfound freedom from winter’s icy claws.

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Bushwick Just Got a CrossFit Gym or Box or Whatever

(Bushwick Crossfit's FB page.)

(Bushwick Crossfit’s FB page.)

We won’t pretend to understand CrossFit, but you may want to know about this if you’re a Bushwicker who knows what a “burpee” is (apparently it’s not what you do after pounding a Tecate and slamming back a shot too fast). If, for whatever reason, you’ve been dying to hump a medicine ball and issue primal grunts in the company of fellow aspiring Hulks, you can now do so at Bushwick CrossFit.
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‘Break Open Your Sexy Side’ at Brooklyn’s New Pole Dancing School

Sally Sutton, owner of Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Sally Sutton, owner of Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“I’ve seen it all,” says Sally Sutton. “Every type of venue, from topless, to nude, to burlesque, to bikini, pole, every level of every club in six different states.” Over the course of two decades, her career took her “from a girl to a woman,” and now she wants to do the same for her clients at the Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio.
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This Massive Athletic Club Is Coming to the Williamsburg-Greenpoint Border

photo(5)Williamsburg-Greenpoint is getting a 17,000-square-foot training facility where locals can work off the beers they downed next-door at Spritzenhaus. While their kids are looked after.

Brooklyn Athletic Club is slated to open in July in the heart of Berry Hill, at 8 Berry Street. The four-floor complex will feature a full gym, yoga and pilates classes, and triathlon and strong man training rooms.
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This Dance Studio’s Move Means Free Massages, Smoothies and Reiki Sessions

(Courtesy of Breakin Boundries)

(Courtesy of Breakin Boundries)

Yet another Williamsburg business has moved to Greenpoint in search of lower rent, and at their “Re-Grand Opening” Sunday, you can score a free massage, a free kinesiology session, a free smoothie and some info about shamanic healing. Hey, it beats sitting around doing laundry.
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