Punch fitnessIn time for spring new fitness options are opening in Harlem for people of all ages!

Punch Fitness Center

As the daffodils sprout and we head more to Central Park, a pleasing sight is the opening of the new studio of Punch Fitness Center. I was struck by the images on the construction banner and was inspired to find out more about the center. Here is what I found…Welcome to Harlem Adelino!

“The success of every business is dependent largely upon the hard work and sacrifice of an individual. At PUNCH Fitness Center, the cornerstone of our foundation is a man named Adelino DaCosta. Through a childhood of adversity, brought about by harsh Guinean environmental conditions, Adelino was raised to strive for perfection and saw kick-boxing as his escape. The sacrifices and long hours of practice paid off in 2002 when he won the NYC middleweight thai boxing championships. Throughout his quest for excellence, Adelino never lost sight of the lessons afforded him during the time he taught children the boxing skills he so carefully perfected; namely, the belief that kick-boxing could benefit anyone, regardless of age, sex or socioeconomic status.

Motivated by the knowledge that two of his former students had become international champions in their own right, Adelino turned his drive back to teaching. The confluence of Adelino’s meticulous attention to details and his ability to evaluate clients’ specific need and desires, readily translated into tailored solutions that garnered a loyal following. With the explosive growth in client base, and the necessary experience acquired, Adelino decided to open his own private kick-boxing studio.

Punch Fitness Center, with its sleek interior, polished surroundings and personal amenities reflect a lifestyle of luxury very counter to the environment that fostered Adelino DaCosta. However, underscoring the façade of luxury is the gritty hard work put forth by each client and trainer. Donning a pair of gloves and wraps, the average person is transformed into a fighter, goaded on by his or her own trainer. Side by side, lawyers, stay at home moms and every one in between freely give up their titles, accepting only that of fighter.”

Punch Fitness is slated to open in Harlem condominium building of at 110th and Central Park North. For more information contact harlem@punchfitnesscenter.com.

Blink Fitness

Blink Fitness continues its NYC expansion, bringing the concept of a non-terrifying $20-a-month gym to Harlem at the new retail complex at 125th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard. Blink is the mass-market spinoff from a respected but expensive Equinox brand. The goal is to reach New Yorkers with minimal workout needs, people who don’t require anything more than some cardio equipment but can’t fit a treadmill in their apartments.

To that end, Blink program generally offers no classes and few amenities—if you want a towel, you’ll have to rent one from a vending machine. Where they didn’t skimp was design or equipment—the interior has an industrial modern feel, and the appliances are the same Life Fitness and Precor devices that Equinox uses. In a typical gym there is an area for stretching and one for socializing near at the entrance, where members can find reasonably healthy food in vending machines (ideally not the same ones where they keep the towels.)  Apparently 16,000 sf has been leased for the Harlem location.

For more information visit the Blink website at Blink website or the marketing offices at 122nd and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

My Gym

On April 4, a new My Gym facility will open in the space previously occupied by the Little Gym of Harlem.   My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 13 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. My Gym has  over 200 locations in more than 25 countries offering structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Their state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind.

For its Harlem opening, My Gym is making a new member offer to try 4 weeks of gymnastics, dance, yoga, theatre or martial arts classes (1 class per week), or for just $10 more you can also get 4 open play sessions. For more information contact My Gym in Harlem or check out the class schedule online.