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Three More Chain Gyms Opening in North Brooklyn

By Serena Dai | June 19, 2014 6:08pm
 Crunch Gym offers fitness classes at its locations.
Crunch Gym offers fitness classes at its locations.
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WILLIAMSBURG — North Brooklyn residents looking to get their fitness on will soon have three more options.

Planet Fitness, New York Sports Club and Crunch Gym have all either opened or are planning to open new locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Planet Fitness, which already has seven locations open in Brooklyn, hopes to secure a permit to open a new location at 282 South Fifth Street after making a presentation to Community Board 1.

The two-story gym would be on the ground and second floors of a new, 13-story development with 82 rental units. It would be open 24 hours.

Monthly fees for Planet Fitness start at $10.

In Greenpoint, New York Sports Club recently opened its new location at 147 Greenpoint Ave. It is holding the grand opening of its 15,000-square-foot gym Friday.

Besides gym equipment, NYSC offers group fitness classes and towel service.

A trial membership costs $30 for 30 days, with full memberships starting at $55 per month, not including a $69 initiation cost.

And Crunch Gym, a chain with four locations in Brooklyn, gained Community Board 1's support for a new gym in Greenpoint this month.

The fitness chain plans to open a two-floor, more than 20,000-square-foot facility at 825 Manhattan Ave. A representative of the gym told the board that it expects 4,000 to 6,000 members per year, with 500 to 700 people showing up to work out each day.

Promotional rates start at $20 for enrollment fees and $10 per month. Crunch offers fitness classes, tanning and massages.

Crunch has previously faced criticism for lengthy delays in openings for two other Brooklyn locations, partly because the business did not apply for the proper special permits.

Ultimately, the Crown Heights location, 842 Lefferts Ave., opened about a year after it starting signing people up with a promotional "Early Bird" rate.

And the location at 785 Flushing Ave., bordering Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy,  has yet to open, though it's been signing up members on its early bird special for more than a year.

An employee at the location named Mario, who declined to give his last name, said he's been told that an issue regarding the permit and the landlord has prevented an opening. Until the gym can open its doors, staff members are on hand to address any clients who come in with questions.

He estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 people had signed up to join the gym in October, but since then, many have canceled due to the delay, he said.

"We're still kind of waiting," he said. "I don't have all the details myself."

Representatives with corporate Crunch Gyms did not respond to a question on when that location — or the new Greenpoint one — would open.