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Offline kristag

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Re: Blink Fitness
« Reply #90 on: January 21, 2015, 05:13:28 PM »
I was initially excited to have a new, inexpensive gym nearby (despite reports of overcrowding) and assumed I’d be fine since I go during off-peak hours. Not so. I’ve never been to a gym before where no matter what time of day, nearly every weight machine is in use (and more often than not, being hogged by men, even though the clientele is pretty mixed gender). The last time I went at 3pm on a weekday, there wasn’t even a free treadmill –and there are a ton of treadmills.

I live much closer to the supposedly horrible gym that used to be in the Blink space. I’m wondering if it’s really all that bad?

Offline Minimal4me

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« Reply #91 on: January 21, 2015, 07:47:19 PM »
I go weekdays around 10am and it's not too crowded. Weekends I go on Sundays around 11 and it's ok. A lot of people are at church then.

Yes there is always a guy sitting on the weight machine I want. :-)

I just politely ask how many more reps he has and stand aside and wait if it's not too many or move on to my next machine if it is.

My DH goes at night around 7:00 and he says it's jam packed at that time.

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« Reply #92 on: January 22, 2015, 02:20:20 PM »
I've been going to Blink about 3x / week on average since it opened. It's not too crowded in the morning when I go (8:30 AM), but one thing I've noticed:

No matter what day I go, there is a core group of the same people that are always there. They are there when I arrive, and there when I leave. Thus, this group must be there for 2-3 hours or more EVERY DAY.

Ideally, a gym wants lots of people to sign up but then not use their gym very much (they make it too crowded, wear out the machines, etc).  The meatheads and gym rats that are there 3 hours every day really contribute to the congestion...at some point people will stop signing up because its too crowded.

Note I'm not saying there is anything wrong with these people spending so much time at the gym...they paid their membership fee.  Just making an observation!

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« Reply #93 on: June 01, 2015, 06:30:49 PM »
Full service gym.  After having a membership in the Planet Fitness for a couple of months a few years ago, gyms with similar pricing schedules make me suspect.  PF was messy, filled with machines that didn't work and had no free weights, aside from barbells that went upto 60lbs.  Plus, at the risk of sounding elitist, the low prices attracts crowds and a bad element.  Never saw a gym with members who had so little gym etiquette, who had so little regard for the gym itself and a staff who couldn't care less then i did at the PF.  I quit that and went over to Health and Fitness which is a chasm better and the prices are still reasonable.  I would love to be proven wrong by the coming Blink Gym of course.

I wrote that a while ago, and having been a member of Blink for a bit, I am glad to say I was wrong on it.  I usually go when it opens up (5:30am during the week, 7:30am on weekends) and so far, its seems that gym etiquette at Blink is quite good.  People are gracious about sharing equipment and cell phone usage is pretty low.  Aside from the girls who dominate the smith machine all morning and the personal trainers when they have clients, people are courteous, gracious about sharing equipment and keep cell phone usage to a minimum.   I think it's partly due to the time I go (I actually haven't seen a single schoolkid.  They were a contributing problem at Planet Fitness) and partly because folks have really taken to wiping down machines.  Reckon it makes everyone a bit more aware that others are trying to work out as well.  For once the germaphobia hoisted upon us by Purel has worked in my favor!

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Re: Blink Fitness
« Reply #94 on: June 01, 2015, 09:07:41 PM »
Are there any alternative gyms in JH? I'm new to the neighborhood, but wondering if I should keep my membership to Physique in Woodside/Sunnyside after I move.

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« Reply #95 on: June 17, 2015, 12:50:33 PM »
Just to add my brief experience: I visited around 9:30 pm the other night and it was packed. Virtually every piece of equipment was in use, and the din of voices etc. was striking.

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« Reply #96 on: June 19, 2015, 12:48:20 PM »
Of course an inexpensive gym in an area without other gyms will be a bit crowded.  I'm surprised it's not more crowded actually.  For the price it's great.  I've paid more for other gyms in Manhattan an they were quite a bit worse in terms of space and machine availability, and they have gyms every couple blocks there.  Blink definitely fits a need in the neighborhood and I'm not aware of any reasonable alternative in the area that isn't a trek if you live somewhat near Blink.

I think in any gym in NYC you probably have to be willing to adjust your workout depending on the availability of machines or be willing to wait for the one you want.

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« Reply #97 on: June 19, 2015, 07:14:03 PM »
Blink is definitely crowded - it's the only real gym in this area.  Astoria, by contrast, has at least 6.  I'm actually thinking of quitting and just doing zumba classes which is all over Roosevelt these days.  Haven't made up my mind yet though.

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« Reply #98 on: June 19, 2015, 09:01:09 PM »
The problem with Blink isn't that it's busy during the times you'd expect it to be busy - after work hours - it's that it's *always* busy. And it's not a bit crowded, it's like insanely crowded. I've tried mostly going at off-peak hours. It's busy then. At peak hours, it's nuts. They need to limit new memberships. It's actually really easy to do without flat out refusing to accept new members. You just raise the initiation fee to a level that discourages new members to join. Then when you have member atrophy, you drop the fee to encourage new members.

And there's a lot of members who know nothing about gym etiquette, and the staff can really only do so much. Take note when you're there. There will be free weights just laying around the gym. Some of the members don't know (or don't care)  that you're supposed to put free weights back on the racks. The people who work there can only do so much (and why should they have to lug around heavy free weights all day?). Part of the problem is also the folks who lounge around on the weight machines. You'd think those lounging folks might notice others are waiting to use the machines, but if you don't ask to work in, most people won't offer. And unfortunately, some members have flat out refused my requests to work in. The worst part is, management's official response is "we don't mandate that members share equipment or set time limits on the equipment." So, Blink is tots fine with setting up on the leg press for as long as it takes for as many sets as you plan to do -- whehter it's five minutes, 10, or 30, and refusing to let others work in a set.

Executive Fitness is down on 87th Avenue and Roosevelt. It's way smaller, but does have a decent sized studio for stretching/abs.  The AC isn't working there yet, though they have set up portables. Front desk says members are expected to let others work in on the weight machines. Anyone know anything about it?
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Offline Minimal4me

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« Reply #99 on: July 14, 2015, 02:37:08 PM »
I'm using Blink for their cardio machines really missing Pilates. Is there a good studio anywhere nearby?

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« Reply #100 on: August 22, 2016, 01:11:21 PM »
I joined this gym when they opened.  I did not use it too much because of work, etc..  Now that I am taking a break from working full-time, it has been terrific.  It is close by, when I use the gym (before lunch) it's busy but there are plenty of cardio machines as well as weight machines.  I don't use the free weights. 
They have wipes available, so when you use the equipment you wipe-it-down when you are done, and move on.. 
The people who work there are very pleasant, and always greet you on the way in, and have a nice compliment on the way out the door.
I see many people using the services of a trainer, and they work with people from 17 to 70 years old.  This is JH/Elmhurst and the clintele here reflect that. 
The only issue I had was when my credit card was upgraded to a chip, and my auto-pay was screwed up.  This was quickly resolved, and I try to go everyday if I can. 

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Re: Blink Fitness
« Reply #100 on: August 22, 2016, 01:11:21 PM »