Pumping up in Downtown: Gargantuan gym on near-city-block-sized lot will open this spring • Brooklyn Paper

Pumping up in Downtown: Gargantuan gym on near-city-block-sized lot will open this spring

Ready to work out: Chelsea Piers Fitness is opening its second location on Bond Street this spring.
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This gym has no Piers!

A massive fitness facility that owners claim is the largest in the Borough of Kings will open its doors in America’s Downtown later this spring.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the two-floor Chelsea Piers gym, which will take up most of the Bond Street block between Livingston and Schermerhorn streets when complete, according to its head honcho.

“We’re making good progress, construction is underway, we will open in May,” said David Tewksbury. “We are so excited about opening in Downtown.”

The Bond Street gym is the second location of Chelsea Piers, and will debut nearly two decades after honchos opened its flagship on the distant isle of Manhattan in 1995.

It will house athletic facilities including a yoga studio, pilates and barre classrooms, open-turf areas for cardio training, and a 75-foot lap pool within its gargantuan 52,000 square feet — the same size as a palatial Arizona mansion owned by the heir to the Spam fortune — according to Tewksbury.

The gym will also boast separate spaces for patrons to lounge in between workouts, as well as a cafe run by salad-seller Fresh and Co. for athletes looking to fuel up, he said.

And the soon-to-open fitness center is already stacked with local sports stars — a borough son who won a silver medal in fencing at the 2008 Olympics is one of its general managers, and can’t wait to welcome neighborhood gym rats, he said.

“As a Brooklyn native and resident, I look forward to making Chelsea Piers part of the fabric of the community that shares our passion for inspired fitness and wellness,” said Keeth Smart.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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