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Brooklyn, get ready to Rumble!

The founders of a popular boxing-inspired fitness studio will debut their first Kings County location next year, inside a swanky new apartment building in the heart of America’s Downtown.

Opening a Brooklyn branch of Rumble — whose instructors blast hip-hop music to get student boxers’ hearts pumping — was a no-brainer, according to its co-founder, who debuted its first studio in Manhattan last year, and said the boutique operation draws much of its inspiration from local music and sports icons.

“It was only natural for our first voyage out of Manhattan to be near the home neighborhoods of such greats as Biggie Smalls and Mike Tyson,” said Noah Neiman, tipping his hat to the rapper also known as Christopher Wallace, who grew up in Clinton Hill, and the iconic boxer, who was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant. “Brooklyn, like Rumble, has such an incredibly diverse community. Its people, music, art, and history completely parallel our DNA.”

The Kings County location is set to open next summer within a two-floor storefront inside Red Hook Lane’s new 108-unit residential tower, The Lane, near Livingston Street, which welcomed its first residents in 2017 after workers built the high-rise from the ground up on land previously occupied by several four-story walk-ups and a corner deli sporting a subway-map-inspired mural by artist Steve Powers.

Brooklyn’s inaugural Rumble will open as the company’s founders attempt to open some 20 new studios over the next two years, Neiman said, all of which will join the company’s four existing locations in Manhattan — where pop star Justin Bieber has been known to sweat it out — and faraway California.

Brooklyn’s inaugural Rumble will join the company’s 20 other facilities in Manhattan — — and faraway California.

The studio’s 45-minute classes, which fitness fanatics can book at $36 a pop, combine punching-bag exercises with floor and weight drills, offering a high-intensity workout that left this reporter sore for days after attending a Nov. 17 session.

And the forthcoming Red Hook Lane location likely won’t be Rumble’s only outpost in the Borough of Kings, according to Neiman, who said company bigwigs are already considering opening studios in other neighborhoods, including Dumbo — the former home to a gym founded by honchos at colossal cinema chain Imax, where folks could pedal stationary bikes in front of a giant movie screen until the spot closed about a year after opening back in 2016.

“Brooklyn has so many incredible neighborhoods that we’ll definitely look into them,” Neiman said. “The development Dumbo has seen in the past couple years has been unbelievab­le.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, November 21, 2018
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