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Phyzique Gym in Woodside Closes After Nearly 30 Years in Operation

Phyzique Fitness (Photo: Queens Post)

Aug. 17, 2020 By Christian Murray

A popular locally-owned gym is the latest business casualty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The owners of Phyzique Gym, located at 43-12 50th St., announced Saturday that they have closed permanently.

“It is with a heavy heart that we need to inform you and the community that after 29 years Phyzique Gym has been forced to close,” the owners posted to Instagram.

The gym was owned and operated by Rich Bundy and Nick Komporozos, both born-and-raised Woodsiders who have been lifelong friends. Bundy opened the gym in 1991 and Komporozos joined him as a business partner in 2010.

The pair, in their Instagram post, said that they had spent countless hours and significant personal funds to try to keep operating but they were unable to maintain it due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Financially, emotionally and physically this has taken a toll. We love our members and our community, who have become like family to us over the years,” the pair wrote.

Left to Right: Phyzique owners Nick Komporozos and Rich Bundy (Photo: Queens Post)

The duo were always focused on the neighborhood and prized their local approach in a world where most gyms are now corporately owned.

“When you go to a gym, you look for people you know–who care about you–and make sure you’re getting the results you want,” Komporozos told the Queens Post two years ago. “We have members who have been here since 1991 and still come in almost every day.”

The pair said they focused on motivating their members and training hard as opposed to registration numbers.

“I would rather have a hundred people who sign up here and get results than a thousand people who buy a membership and don’t show up,” Komporozos said at the time.

The pair concluded their Instagram post by thanking the community.

“We want to thank you for all of your support – what we created together at Phyzique will always remain something we will be incredibly proud of.”

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE To all of our valued members and friends. It is with a heavy heart that we need to inform you and the community that after 29 years Phyzique Gym has been forced to close. Owners Nick and Rich have spent countless hours and significant personal funds to try to keep operating as they know how important we are to the community, however due to the restrictions put on us with Covid 19, we are unable to continue to support and maintain the business and have no alternative but to close Phyzique. This comes at a great personal cost for the owners and was an incredibly difficult decision to make after being a staple in the area for 29 years. Financially, emotionally and physically this has taken a toll. We love our members and our community, who have become like family to us over the years. We want to thankyou for all of your support – what we created together at Phyzique will always remain something we will be incredibly proud of. Yours in health and fitness Nick and Rich.

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