Berry Street along the Williamsburg – Greenpoint border will soon be home to a massive athletic center and gym.
The brainchild of Larry Betz, who formerly owned Maxim Health and Fitness, the new facility, Brooklyn Athletic Club will be include four floors of fitness and exercise space spread out over 17,000 square feet.
The list of fitness activities available to customers will be endless. The basement will have two treadmills, two bikes, and two endless pools; the first floor will have an athletic development area where customers will get to work on the strength and conditioning method perfected by Betz called the Betz Method; the second floor will have a dedicated fitness area, and the third floor will have room for pilates and yoga among other activities.
Betz said his form of exercise is a way to move better and more efficiently, and to feel better – he offers it as an alternative to Crossfit and traditional gyms, particularly an overreliance on cardiovascular exercises in the latter – something he has observed over the years at gyms, and feels isn’t fully beneficial to an exercise routine.
“Increasingly there is a change in the typical gym model,” said Betz. “There is a trend of moving towards group strengthening exercises – something that $20 a month might necessarily get you.”
Construction on the facility is currently underway is waiting for final approval from the Board of Standards and Appeals. The Athletic Club is expected to open in July.