After living in Singapore for six years, working as a professional MMA fighter and running strength and conditioning trainings, Jake Butler returned home with an open agenda for the summer. A NEW OPPORTUNITY
Butler returned to the states in March and while figuring out what he wanted to do next, an opportunity came up to create and run an outdoor fitness studio for the summer. Butler jumped on it. And Beach Club Fitness was born. Beach Club Fitness, located at 1480 Ocean Ave. — aka the Green Space on the boardwalk in Asbury Park — kicked off on Memorial Day weekend. Although inclement weather made for a slow May and June, the month of July has allowed the fitness studio to take off. “Now we’re really picking up steam,” said Butler. “The weekend classes are packed. “During the week we’ve got a good crew of local people who come consistently and we have our kind of steady weekenders who are just here on the weekend that come. But, yeah, it’s building a lot of momentum so far,” he added. CIRCUIT-BASED TRAINING
Butler runs classes daily on the Green Space. Monday through Friday classes are held in the morning and evening and on Saturdays and Sundays morning classes are available.
On Saturday morning classes are offered at both 9 and 11 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. “We’re here seven days a week and the classes, although they may look intimidating, really are scalable to all levels of fitness,” shared Butler.
According to Butler, Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated strength days, which involves a smaller circuit of weight-based strength training. Boxing fitness classes are also new to the schedule, so no matter your fitness interest there is a class for you. Although the workouts are always circuit based, each class is different. “I change the workout every single day. it’s a little bit different, different equipment,” said Butler. “I try to keep it kind of fun and interesting so people don’t get bored.” LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Spending the summer outdoors and on the beach is always a priority among locals and summer visitors alike and now they can get a workout in as well. This summer classes will most likely continue on until the end of September if the weather cooperates and Butler is hopeful to continue Beach Club Fitness next year as well. “It’s going well this year and I think it only adds to the boardwalk here to have kind of a health and fitness option,” explained Butler. “They’ve obviously got the bars and restaurants covered and all that and the beach,” he laughed. “I think it’s nice to add something like this for people and it’s a nice space and otherwise empty so why not use it for something positive?” said Butler. For more information on Beach Club Fitness and a full schedule of classes, visit beachclubfit.com