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Gym Opening With Strength Training for Kids and CrossFit for Adults

By Emily Frost | February 24, 2015 8:29am
 Bod Fitness will feature strength training and gymnastics classes for kids and adults. 
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LINCOLN SQUARE — A gym offering strength and conditioning classes for kids as young as 5 years old, along with CrossFit classes for adults, is opening in the basement of a new luxury rental building on West 62nd Street at Amsterdam Avenue.

Bod Fitness will offer classes and one-on-one training for its all-ages clientele, who can either pay a $40 drop-in rate for classes or a monthly membership of $329 for unlimited classes. 

"Adults will have the option to train privately, with a partner, participate in our body weight mastery program, or CrossFit classes," said Billy De La Rosa, the gym's director of operations. 

Meanwhile, kids will be placed in one of three groups — a 5- to 8-years-old group, a 9- to 12-years-old group, or a 13-years-old and above group — for classes focused on agility, strength, balance and motor skills, he said. 

The kids' classes will also include character-building games from Game On, a national company that leads team-building exercises, partnering with the gym.

The idea is to focus on the well-being of the whole child by targeting both physical and emotional health and development, De La Rosa said

The staff has coaches who are certified in weightlifting, body resistance training and powerlifting.  

The gym will occupy a 1,900-square-foot section of the basement of Hawthorn Park, a new 54-story luxury development, said Frank Angelino, a lawyer who represents the gym. 

And like other CrossFit gyms, the space will have an open plan with weights and equipment along the walls, he added.

It still needs the approval of the Board of Standards and Appeals, but Angelino said they hope to open after renovations are complete in either late spring or summer.

In the past, CrossFit classes have elicited noise complaints from locals and have even been ordered to shut down in other neighborhoods. 

But Bod Fitness is situated in the basement of the building, with the gym for building residents above it, on the third floor, which should minimize noise issues, Angelino said. 

The building's first floor will be a retail space, possibly featuring a cafe, and the second floor will feature recreation and playroom space, he said. 

The gym got the approval of Community Board 7's Land Use committee last week and will be considered by the full board on March 3.