Blink and You’ll Miss It

That is, unless you’re off to Washington Bridge’s bus terminal looking to up your fitness level.  Having just moved in, Blink Fitness recently had its grand opening ceremony to mark its newest gym, actually inside the bus terminal.  This marks Blink Fitness’ 63rd location and according to Rose Severino, club manager:

“We are very excited to open our doors to this location at GWB, bringing our Mood Above Muscle philosophy to the Washington Heights community.  We’re sure that Blink will become a healthy, happy hub of activity in the neighborhood.”

To get the youth of Washington Heights motivated, 50 lucky people associated with Fresh Youth Initiatives will be the recipient of a free one-year membership, valued at over $10,000.  The gym will have top quality strength and cardio equipment as well as spaces for training and stretching.  In addition, gym users will be able to call upon the service of certified personal trainers. This was very much welcomed by Eileen Lyons, Executive Director of Fresh Youth Initiatives who said that the non-profit was:

“excited to welcome Blink Fitness into the community, and especially appreciative that they are promoting wellness in Washington Heights.  Their generous donation of 50 memberships to Blink Fitness will enable our own staff, who work hard every day investing in youth and families, to stay fit and healthy.”

In addition, over on Fifth Avenue, NeoU just opened up.  This relatively new concept in fitness – hitting the gym as a nightclub – is really becoming popular and New Yorkers have been given the opportunity to engage in “all out dance-cardio sessions powered by fat balls and kombucha.”

Behind the scenes are Nathan Forster and Michael Alfaro are taking the whole concept to the next level with NeoU.  This “boutique setup and feel with a basement that has a garage-y, CrossFit-style vibe (Forster and Alfaro opened their first box in 2010 in Miami)—plus, three other open-space studios. Expect programming to be constantly changing, including boxing, yoga, bootcamp, and plenty of booty shaking. (The dance cardio divas of Vixen will have a residency there and famed DJ Steve Aoki curated a playlist for its kickoff classes.)”