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Kickboxing, Kids Yoga and UFC Gym Coming to Park Slope and Gowanus

By Leslie Albrecht | November 24, 2015 2:27pm
 Clients in action at iLoveKickboxing in Boerum Hill. The fitness studio will move to 540 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope in 2016, according to CPEX Real Estate.
Clients in action at iLoveKickboxing in Boerum Hill. The fitness studio will move to 540 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope in 2016, according to CPEX Real Estate.
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PARK SLOPE — Your waistline is likely to grow as the holiday eating season kicks into high gear, but luckily the list of places to exercise locally is expanding too.

Here's a look at some fitness-themed spots open now or coming soon.

► HIIT Box, 527 Carroll St., between Third and Fourth avenues

HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training, which means short bursts of fierce exercise followed by an even shorter break. Owner Maryam Zadeh trained for the Olympics in gymnastics and specializes in coaching women back into shape after they've had children.

HIIT Box opened quielty in October and Zadeh plans a grand opening after the holidays.

Clients can start with a 30-minute session and work their way up to the full 60-minute routine. Sessions vary but typically include exercises such as squats and shoulder presses with a medicine ball, speed skating-inspired drills on gliding disks, and "Russian rows" with 10-pound sand weights.

Zadeh says her workouts are great for busy exercisers who need to make the most of their time. "Every move is cardio and strength or cardio and core," Zadeh said. "You get the whole thing at once in a pocket-sized workout. By the third session, you see such results."

► Monkey Do Yoga, 279 Third Ave., between President and Carroll streets

Slated to open by the end of the year, Monkey Do Yoga will offer yoga for kids from babies through teens. "There are kids yoga classes in other places here and there, but there's really nothing else like this where the studio is dedicated to kids," said owner Marni Sandler.

Some classes will have themes such as an Africa-inspired session with world music, a "Spanish-infused" class, and one called "Girls Are Superheroes," Sandler said. There will also be prenatal yoga, classes for kids with special needs, and family sessions for parents and kids who want to do yoga side-by-side.

► UFC Gym, 340 Fourth Ave. (on the corner of Third Street)

Learn the fitness techniques used by the fighters who compete in the UFC — the Ultimate Fighting Championship — at this new UFC Gym. It's scheduled to open by the end of the year, according to an employee.

“It’s a unique facility that offers traditional fitness options along with functional training and martial arts,” the employee said.

► iLoveKickBoxing, 540 Fifth Ave., between 14th and 15th streets

Slated to open in the spring of 2016, this kickboxing franchise promises to kick your butt into shape. The iLoveKickBoxing chain already has multiple locations in Manhattan and Queens and is looking to expand into Brooklyn. The chain is currently searching for retail spaces in Bay Ridge, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, and Red Hook, according to the real estate firm CPEX, which brokered the lease for the new South Slope location.

"Park Slope has always been a well-rounded neighborhood with a strong community and great retail amenities," said CPEX’s Keat Chew. "As yoga, indoor cycling, CrossFit, and other specialized fitness facilities continue to grow in popularity, we believe the residents will benefit from the energy iLoveKickboxing brings."

► Retro Fitness Park Slope South, 25 12th St. (in the shopping center at Hamilton Place)

Don't let the name fool you, this gym is in Gowanus. Retro Fitness offers low prices (as little as $19.99 a month, according to its website) and has a cardio "movie theater" where you can watch flicks while burning calories.

The gym is opening soon, according to its Facebook and Twitter profiles, but a phone call for more details wasn't returned.

There are even more exercise spots coming to the neighborhood within the next year or so.

A Blink Fitness is moving into the former Brooklyn Lyceum at 227 Fourth Ave. (between President and Union streets) and SoulCycle is opening at 342 Flatbush Ave. (between Sterling and St. Johns Place), according to the Commercial Observer.