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Body Elite Gym wants you to be fit, strong, unique, and part of the elite fitness gym in Brooklyn, NY!

As we take you to your next fitness level, whether you are a traditional or trend seeker class participant,

our experts will provide unique training and services that will bring you to your next level.   


All members have access to the following state-of-the-art facilities and services.


  • Four Floors of Exercise Equipment and Services
  • State-of-the-Art Strength and Cardiovascular Equipment
  • Stretching and Abdominal Center
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Spinning
  • Yoga
  • Body Conditioning
  • Kickboxing
  • Personal Training
  • Weight Management Programming
  • Pre/Post Natal Specialty Training
  • Retail Shop
  • Showers, Steam, and Towels
  • Child Sitting
  • Cardio Theater/Digital Sound System

 

STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT
We strive to provide our members with the most up-to-date strength and cardiovascular equipment, plus added unique training tools to take you to your next fitness level/body conditioning in Brooklyn, NY. We feature brand names such as Peloton®, Cybex®, Concept II®, Free Motion®, Precor®, Nautilus®, Stairmaster®, TechnoGym®, and Star Trac®.


GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES
Whether you are a traditional step class participant, latest trend seeker, or new to the world of exercise classes, there is something for you in our variety of classes ranging from dance, step, body conditioning, Pilates, yoga, spinning, kickboxing to specialty seasonal classes. Our diversity will keep you challenged and coming back for more


PERSONAL TRAINING
When your workouts aren’t enough, giving you the results you are looking for, or if you wish to receive extended fitness education specific to your needs, our qualified, certified staff is ready to help you with your body conditioning. Let their expertise bring you to your next level. See our training information card for fees.


CARDIO THEATER / DIGITAL STEREO

Entertainment was never easier. Just plug in your headphones and be ready to melt away your exercise time as you listen to music from our varied digital music channels or television stations on our big screens.


MEMBERSHIP

A variety of options are available to suit your needs. Our most popular membership is our month-to-month payment plan your payments are automatically processed from either a credit card or checking account each month, so you don’t have to worry about your payments being on time. Prepaid memberships are also available. (See our brochure for details.)


LOCKERS

The club provides members with towels, showers, steam rooms, and amenities. You have the option of bringing your lock each time you visit the club, renting one daily with our coin-operated lockers.


RETAIL
Forget your headphones, need a lock or need to recharge your phone? No problem. The club solutions and other items to make your workouts more enjoyable. Hats, T-shirts, and other apparel are also available for purchase.

Established in 1984.

Body Elite Gym opened on Saturday, March 17, 1984, on St. Paddy’s Day. Our historic 150+-year-old building was once home to a catering hall, a sewing machine factory, a billiard parlor, a grocery store, and a variety shop. We started as a small bodybuilding gym and aerobic facility under the founding name “For Your Body Only.” As the Carroll Gardens neighborhood changed, we continued to make improvements and grow along with the well-known fitness industry in Brooklyn, NY. We celebrated our 35th anniversary in March 2019 and hope that you will be a part of our family for years to come!

Our Trainers


Nick Vargas | Fitness Gym in Brooklyn, NY

Nick Vargas

Hi, I’m Nick. I use highly varied resistance training layouts to keep your body guessing, while consistently and efficiently improving both strength and body composition. My method has resulted in hundreds of clients feeling stronger, more toned and defined, and in better shape overall. As a result, my clients report living more energetic and more confident lifestyles both inside the gym and out.

My objective is to keep you engaged in workouts by never knowing what to expect in our next session, while still maintaining constant progress in the long term.

My many testimonials and certifications can be made available upon request, a few of my favorite certifications being:

  • Corrective Exercise Specialist for pain management and relief, and structural balancing
  • Poliquin level 2 Coach, a specialization in efficient body fat reduction through strength training
  • Precision Nutrition Coach, a focus in nutritional guidelines for a broad range of client goals and dietary restrictions

The focus is the client, your needs and goals, your specific concerns, your individual motivations. I look forward to being in your corner.

Rachel Cohen | Fitness Gym in Brooklyn, NY

Rachel Cohen

Certifications

NASM 

AFAA 

TRX 

Spin

Pilates Mat

 My main focus is to learn who you are, learn your body and fitness interests, then create a program to help you reach your goals. 

I create diverse exercise programs to fit my clients needs using a variety of methods and techniques to achieve these goals. 

For some people it's a high-intensity program, some clients need strength training, others need lengthening and core strength. Every individual is unique. 
I use equipment such as weights, TRX, cardio machines, medicine balls and your own body weight. 
I'm always expanding my knowledge, learning new techniques and ways to keep you on your toes while making your workouts safe, fun and effective. 

Martha Prakelt | Fitness Gym in Brooklyn, NY

Martha Prakelt

Certified Personal Trainer and Running Coach

NASM ACSM
Schwinn Certified
TRX Certified

I began my fitness career 35 years ago in my home state of Vermont and I have been doing personal training and running coaching in Manhattan and Brooklyn for 30 years. I have a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health and Fitness from the University of Vermont and I am currently certified by NASM, ACSM and Schwinn Cycling. I have participated in many marathons, half marathons (PR 1:37) and triathlons. I have worked with hundreds of people at all levels of fitness and with many different body types during my career. I believe working out should be fun and I pride myself in challenging my clients to push themselves, but to also have fun while doing it. I have worked at many fitness centers in New York City, including Printing House Fitness Center, Crunch, Manhattan Plaza Health Club, Paris Health Club and Body Elite Fitness Club.

I specialize in core training, muscle toning, flexibility, weight loss, nutrition, cardiovascular training, strength training and running.

Michelle Aluqdah | Fitness Gym in Brooklyn, NY

Michelle Aluqdah

One size does not fit all – there is no one right way to get fit or to be fit.  That’s why I’m committed to supporting my clients achieve their goals, whether they are recovering from injuries, want to gain strength, increase their flexibility, lose weight, maintain their active lifestyle or to improve their overall health. I believe that exercise should be part your daily life, and shouldn’t be a chore or torture, so I design your individual workouts to be challenging but attainable.

Certification& Education:  
BA, Skidmore College
NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), NASM Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS),  ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Mat/Reformer (PAI, IMX & Balance Body Bridge), TRX Suspension Training, Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Specialties: 
Functional, Strength & Flexibility Training, Pilates/Core Conditioning, High-Intensity Interval Training, Pre/Post Natal, flexibility, Aging & Active Adults.

Jubi Williams

Professional  Background/Certifications
B.A/TESOL-  Eastern university
M.Ed – Eastern University, Multicultural Ed.
AFAA- Certified Group Fitness Instructor
NASM – Certification Personal Trainer (CPT)
TRX Certified

Specialties
Functional Strength Training, HIIT training, holistic wellness, and strength and endurance programming

Interests
As a mother of two, she works to help people balance busy schedules while prioritizing fitness and health. Jubi is passionate about creating a culture and lifestyle of total health focusing on a positive body image. She loves to see clients progress and emphasizes that anyone, regardless of their fears or failures, can foster a healthy and holistic lifestyle.

Chris Ayala

Experience / certifications:

ACSM 

NASM 

CPR - AED

Trained in boxing at Gleason’s gym Brooklyn

Muay Thai kickboxing coach in a Manhattan fight camp

Philosophy : “Active listening, along with a detailed fitness assessment, allow me to take a rational  path in creating a stage based fitness plan tailored to an individuals preferences.”

Skills / interests: formally trained on classical guitar, cello, two time winner of the red dot award (Art Students League) for most outstanding work in figure drawing.

Vincent Amato

Professional Background
Nichols College BSBA Business/Sports Management
ACE – Certified Personal Trainer 

Why I do it?

Better known as Vinny, born and raised in Brooklyn, a former NCAA athlete graduating from Nichols College. My philosophy behind training is to individualize training due to everyone’s unique attributes! Progress is what we are focused on, varying programs and exercise layouts challenging the mind and body. My goal is to help improve and maintain an active lifestyle while making exercise fun!

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do” – Derek Jeter

Specialties

Functional Mobility, Strength and Conditioning, Flexibility, High-Intensity-Interval-Training, 

Colin Meth

Professional Background/Certifications:
B.A. SUNY Albany
NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Specialties:

Strength Training
Interval Training
Sports Performance
Graceful Aging

Interests

Cooking, Reading, Beer

Location & Hours


Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday:  5:30am – 10pm
Saturday:  7:30am – 8:30pm
Sunday: 8am – 8pm