Stuy Fitness gym opens on 14th St., 20th St. gym to be upgraded soon

Stuy Fitness on East 14th Street had a soft opening over the weekend and opened officially last Monday. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

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.

Rick Hayduk, Stuyvesant Town general manager; Joe Blomfield, general manager of the fitness center; Anya Pierre, personal trainer; and Robert Vazquez, director of lifestyle services

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.

Some of the equipment at Stuy Fitness includes a climber and water-powered rowing machines.

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.

The entrance to the gym as seen from the courtyard

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

5 thoughts on “Stuy Fitness gym opens on 14th St., 20th St. gym to be upgraded soon

  1. The 20th Street location should be “upgraded” back to the D’Agostino’s supermarket it replaced.

    Why we need two gyms, but only one crappy supermarket is beyond me… Even most of the new people in the NE section of Stuy Town agree that a nearby market would be much more preferable. Would certainly make more money for the landlord as well.

  2. So we need two gyms because people from one side of ST don’t want to walk to the other side? Sounds lazy and makes me wonder how often the gyms will be used by people who find a short walk too taxing.

  3. Love the sound of the new gym and can’t wakt to hear about the upgrades to the one on 20th St!

    For people who go before work, it is very helpful to have a place close.. next door, across the street, etc.. esp when every minute counts and when you pass it on your commute, you’re also more likely to use it. ESP on humid, super windy, rainy etc days and the location by the bus makes to much easier to jump on and go on with your day ( or off and work out before heading home).

    We definately need both of the gyms. It’s also a way to feel and be safer if you go in the wee hours of the morning, as a female. The outdoor spaces are also fantastic as an option for fresh air exercise. It’s too far away for me to utilize much but I can see how it can be helpful to those closer.

    The price is still a bit high as an amentity, when just a 15 min walk away is a gym with a saltwater pool, steam room, sauna and barre classes. For almost the same amount of money. And is also not crowded and offers space and relaxing workouts and changing areas.

    We don’t need a d’agastinos.. we have Fairway and Th close by.. Whole Foods down the street, Morton Willams, Gracefully and at least two or three more right here. And the green markets. And Target. We have plenty of those what we need is exercise and a place to have community building, Health improving and stress reduction that’s inspiring to use.

    I’d love to see something either a lot cheaper or that offers the spa like environment after a work out that the other ( and fairly similarly priced) gyms nearby do. Complete with quality shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion, deodorant, tampons, hair products and nice dryers and towel service.

    I don’t like having to go so far for my current gym, but the classes and locker rooms make it worth it once I’m there.. and the incredible pampered relaxation when I’m done just brings me the joy that a bare bones ( amenity wise) gyn probbany won’t.

    • But I’d it were a lot cheaper ( since it’s suppsed to be a perk for living here and lacks the pools and luxury locker rooms of nearby gyms, including the Y) then I’d consider joint both and having that as an option for better scheduling in my day. And my partner has a free and beautiful one in his work space for free so it would have to offer a lot to get him to join.

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