By Sabina Mollot
On Monday, Stuyvesant Town’s second gym for residents, Stuy Fitness, opened officially following a soft opening over the weekend.
Rick Hayduk, Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village’s general manager, said the gym is 90 percent complete at this time, with final touches to depend on feedback from residents. Hayduk also said that the 20th Street gym, Oval Fitness, which has been open for the past decade, will be seeing upgrades and a refurbishment within the year.
As for the new gym, the gleaming white and blue space is in sharp contrast with the chaotic scene that is now East 14th Street. As the L train work on the Avenue A entrance and the construction related to the looming L shutdown ensues, Hayduk said he felt Stuyvesant Town had a responsibility to at least make part of the street appear presentable. The 8,500-square-foot facility, which cost $3.5 million to build, is located in what was previously a Citi Bike storage space and prior to that, a daycare center that was flooded during hurricane Sandy. The daycare center is now on Avenue C and management is currently looking for a suitable replacement storage area for Citi Bike.
Meanwhile, the gym came about from demand from residents, specifically those who didn’t live on or near 20th Street and indicated that they would join a gym if it were more convenient.
According to Joe Blomfield, the general manager of the fitness center, there are already 500 members. There are a total of 1,650 members for both Stuy and Oval Fitness, and residents who sign up get access to both gyms. Membership is $90 a month for members signed up for a full year, while a month-to-month contract is $109. There’s also a $39 a month option for residents who use the gym only on off-peak hours from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
Blomfield explained that the gym was designed to offer those working out more breathing space than what’s typically seen in gyms and studios.
“Functional fitness is getting away from packing in every square inch of floor space with equipment,” he said. “We want to offer more room so they can go through different ranges of motion, instead of stationary, constant, plodding exercise.”
Equipment at Stuy Fitness includes Peloton bikes (which offer up to 14 classes to the rider), rowing machines that use real water, a Jacob’s Ladder, which is a diagonally angled climbing device that aims to be easier on the joints than the more commonly designed wall-like climbers, ellipticals, self-powered treadmills (not motored) and a sled. There are TVs with 24 channels on many of the exercise machines. There is also a large rack called a Gym Rax/Synergy 360 with hanging straps that can be stepped through, similar to gymnastic hoops. The frame can also be used to hang weights like punching bags and some of the trainers will be offering classes infused with mixed martial arts and boxing.
There is also a studio where up to 19 classes a week will take place. The mirrored space can also be used between classes with a choice of 400 virtual classes offered on a large screen TV.
The gym has onsite shower/locker rooms, but they are small. “It’s not a huge shower,” said Blomfield. “We’d rather use the space on the gym floor, because people live here.”
At some point soon, the gym, located at 629 East 14th Street, will also feature a counter for fresh juice and grab and go snacks, and management is currently in talks with potential vendors.
Stuy Fitness is currently operated by NFC Amenity Management, but will transfer to management under Beam Living on January 1, while maintaining most of the same staff.
Gym hours are 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (212) 420-5005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.