Blink Fitness – Brooklyn’s New Fitness Phenomenon

Blink fitness hallway

**This is not a sponsored review, Blink Fitness has no clue I exist, I just get really excited for new gyms in my ‘hood**

When I first decided to go to gym in college, I was forced to use my very small smelly, old, college gym. It had one treadmill, one stationary bike, some really heavy weights and a Bow flex. It was awful, but I had no better options so I went–and lost weight too. Back then there were very few gyms in Brooklyn, especially in neighborhoods of color like my own. In recent years, this has changed however, a Planet Fitness (finally) opened up relatively close, and now a new chain of Fitness centers, Blink Fitness, is now on the scene.

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The Blink Fitness at Flatbush Junction is brand spanking new. It opened on June 1st and still had workers putting the final touches on the gym. What I loved about Blink Fitness was that it was brand spanking new. Tons and tons of machines including my very favorite the stair climber and the rowing machine, both of which Planet Fitness doesn’t have. Score one for Blink Fitness!

blink fitness machines

Since I signed up online for a free daily pass I was given a quick tour of the place including a tour of the locker room on the main floor and the second floor upstairs. The super nice and friendly staff was a joy to interact with.

Newbie Friendly

One aspect of the gym that I found very exciting was the fact that there was pamphlets available that explained whichever body part that you wanted to workout. I know that going to a gym can be insanely intimidating but have several paper guides there sure does help someone that doesn’t necessarily want to ask for help. There is also a HUGE billboard over the stretching area that explains how to stretch and even demonstrates some additional strength training moves includes lunges and leg raises.

blink fitness handouts

blink fitness stretching area

One of the things that I liked most about Blink Fitness was the amount of machines–Planet Fitness has a LOT of machines but Blink has what seems like twice as many. One nice feature was that about a quarter of the machines had individual TV’s, which is a really great feature for the price.

Blink Fitness Strength Training

Blink Fitness actually divides their strength training machines based on the arm of the body. So there is a specific area of machines for Abs, Legs and Arms. This is an interesting layout as I am used to having a full body workout accessible in the same general area, but I see where they were going with this.

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The stretching area was vastly huge and included a small and large box (Burpees anyone?) two kettle bells, dumbbells, and several weighted exercise balls. Blink Fitness definitely won in that category because the Planet Fitness I am a member of doesn’t even have a stretching area. Which I find super annoying!

Club Hours

Unlike Planet Fitness, Blink Fitness is not open 24 hours, but since I don’t workout during Vamp hours, it really doesn’t bother me. Another very important fact is that I have seen Planet Fitness at its worst, at the height of rush hour, and its pretty awful. It is a packed sweaty mess of people. I visited Blink Fitness on the third day of opening and in the middle of the day. I would really have to see the gym 6 months from now at 6pm to make any real decisions about which facility is better.

Overall Thoughts

For $15 a month for a basic membership you are certainly getting more bang for your buck at Blink Fitness. It is at a very central location so when this place takes off (and it will) the rush hours may be a bit much to handle. The locker rooms are a bit small but if you come prepared and in your gym clothes this won’t be an issue. Of course, my main gym, New York Sports Club has all the amenities that Blink Fitness and Planet Fitness don’t–which include towel service and group fitness classes.

For someone who just needs a basic place to workout, I would definitely choose Blink Fitness as one of the best and most affordable workout spots in Brooklyn.

What do you look for when you are scouting out a gym? For all my non gym goers, what would make a gym more appealing to you?

 

Nellie

Nellie

Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 5), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is  a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-in series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, & Google Plus.
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Comments

  1. Now this looks like a cool gym all they have around here are LA Fitness I don’t even think there is another competitive gym within 30 miles of me. I love gyms where info is readily available especially for those not familiar gyms (like myself)
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    • LA fitness is expensive right? There are none of those around here, but I always here my out of town peeps talk about it.

  2. Looks like a nice gym! We have two gyms fairly close to my house…they both seem nice!
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  3. This looks like such a cute gym! There’s a new gym near my house. We were mailed a free trial packet. My husband and I intend to give it a go. I may not post about it but because you and Joi are the resident fitness guru’s in my bloggy cirlce I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.
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    • LOL girl, post about it! The best part about blogging is that you can do whatever YOU WANT TO DO. bump all the “gurus” :)

  4. Sounds like a great place!
    Is it part of a chain or just a local gym?
    I like gyms that are clean, well-equipped and not overly crowded. Plus, I think they should have plenty of variety in the classes and class schedules.
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    • It is definitely a part of a chain, they are popping up all over the tri state area. Yeah, unfortunately because the price is so cheap ($15) there are no classes. But they do have amazing equipment.

  5. A new gym just opened up near me, I LOVE new gyms! All of the new equipment is just lovely
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  6. Looks like a nice gym. I like that they make exercise information freely/readily avaliable. You can’t beat $15/month! One of the leading gyms here in my town charges $75/month because of all of the ammenities. Too bad they never work. I used to work there and their machines were always broken. For $75 a month machines BETTER BE WORKING!
    I hope you enjoy your new gym.
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    • wow! If I am going to be paying that much there better be working machines!! That is so crazy!!

  7. Not scouting for a gym but I feel like this place looks awesome! The sense of humor on their posters is pretty great, as well as individual TVs. You know how i am about TV. I like doing things while doing other tedious things. Like…I read while I blow dry my hair. It’s so thick that it takes me so long that I decided not to waste my life 20 minutes a day. Oh no – I read some great stuff. Wow, I went on a tangent.

    Great review!
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    • Yes the TVs help, and I usually go at lunch time so I either watch saved by the bell, martin or some other sitcom to pass the time right away :)

  8. Thank you for such an amazing review. Blink Fitness opened in Queens earlier this year and I have been psyching myself to not go because of the location. Now with your review I have no reason not to give them a try :)

  9. This gym sounds great! 15 is a great price. None of our gyms are that low. Plus they are teeny tiny. I want more bang for my buck if joining a gym. Pool required. :(
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  10. I love new stuff, but I’ve never heard of Blink. If it’s the same set up as Planet Fitness, I would have to stay away. They opened a planet fitness here that has some grunt button that is like a laughing stock at my gym. Anywho, I suppose there is something for everyone and the price is phenomenal. I am all for the group fitness, so that is a MUST for my book!
    Joi recently posted…How to Make the Most of Your SITS Feature DayMy Profile

    • Planet fitness is a bit of a joke with their pizza mondays and bagel tuesdays or whatever it is. This is not like that at ALL. I know I could never give up my group fitness but this is a good local supplement.

  11. DANG! That is a GOOD rate! And those signs make me giggle. Good for the ABs, right? My gym has the best and most important feature for any gym ever: childwatch. And yes, we will all pay out our wazoos for the membership because of it, but they’ll watch your kids for your time, as long as you are in the building. Yes. That means when you really just want to shower and blowdry your hair in peace, your gym membership will entertain your kids. SOLD!
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  12. Nice gym. For $15 a month, they might fill up fast. Enjoy the clean and the new. With all that room, you probably won’t have to worry about overcrowding.
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  13. Blink looks like such a cool gym. Only $15 a month? That’s awesome. Love the signs. But no group fitness? I would definitely want that in a gym.
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    • Its so awesome! I know group fitness is a mandatory thing for me too, but this is a supplement so its almost like a weekend thing for me. :)

  14. I like the price of $15 per month for basic service, something that I could afford in the beginning.
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  15. Ok, this gym looks super cute! I love that they have the machines split up by the body parts that you want to work, and of course +1,000 for new equipment! I would say what makes me choose a facility is the cost and the option for child care! I also love taking classes, so being able to have a variety of those is also a plus.
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    • child care! ahh. I don’t have that at ALL locally, its a shame because it really would come in handy.

  16. Nice. I want to go there! 15 bucks isnt bad at all. I look for sufficient, updated, clean, and WORKING machines. 3 months should not pass with the same machines. I don’t want to wait for a treadmil either. Class choices are very important to me as well. I like variety.
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    • Yes agreed, the amount of machines were mind blowing, but its a really busy area (flatbush junction) so I understand why.

  17. Oooh that sounds fab – something like this in my neighborhood might convince me to get back into going to the gym ;-)
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    • Yes for the price it would totally be worth it, they might just open up one near you they have been popping up all over the tri-state area!

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