April 6, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
The Workout Factory, a gym that closed last month after losing its lease, is coming back to Long Island City bigger than ever with almost twice the space and significantly more classes.
The Workout Factory owners, husband and wife duo Zhana Galjasevic and Martin Kerestes, have signed a lease to reopen The Workout Factory at 5-25 46th Avenue. They have also signed another lease for a separate Pilates studio on Jackson Avenue.
The move comes after the Workout Factory lost its lease at 10-25 48th Avenue following a legal dispute over building ownership.
The new Workout Factory will offer more than double the number of classes as before in a 4,000-foot gym which will include a separate spinning studio for black light spin classes.
The former 3,000-square-foot location offered both exercise classes and pilates classes out of the same space, but in reopening the owners opted to open a separate pilates studio to allow both types of programming to expand.
The new Workout Factory will open in mid-May.
All the instructors from the old Workout Factory location will continue on with the gym, and with the expansion, Galjasevic said that they are also looking to hire new instructors to support the expanded class offerings.
The new Pilates studio, called PilatesWorks, will open at 10-91A Jackson Avenue sometime this month, said Galjasevic.
“I’m thrilled to be able to continue to serve the pilates community in LIC, I’ve seen the positive effects of pilates on countless clients over the years,” Galjasevic said. “Some work privately with our trainers to recover from injuries and manage pain while others use pilates to balance and strengthen their bodies while they train for their next marathon. By moving our pre-existing pilates program into its very own space we can offer a more diverse class schedule and greater access for clients.”
The PilatesWorks 1,000-square-foot studio will offer the same classes as were offered at the Workout Factory with the same instructors, as well as additional classes based on demand from the community.
“We are working as fast as possible because we want to provide new home to our current students and many more to come,” Galjasevic said.
Glajasevic and Kerestes also own The Yoga Room yoga studio, with locations in both LIC and Astoria.
For updates on opening dates and progress check https://www.facebook.com/workoutfactorynyc
Isn’t there a yoga spot or pilates joint opening at 1217 jackson avenue upstairs?
I believe this was the space that Jessica Lang’s Dance Center was originally going to be, but then, far into the renovation and after sinking a ton of money into the property, the whole project had to get cancelled due to some legal issue. I’m wondering why the space wasn’t suitable for a Dance School, but is suitable for a Gym. Seems like if a gym can be there, a dance school would’ve worked as well. Anyone have any info on this?
I’m sure Plaxall got plenty of money first
they’re “all about the neighborhood” but will take a quick buck like any other landlord here
the dance studio is supposed to be in the back portion of the building. it’s a large warehouse.
The dance studio plans are cancelled. They’re currently looking for a different space.
Great news, happy for the owners and the former members.
Hopefully the owners learned from their mistakes and have a proper lease in place for the new space.
What? It doesn’t say that the w
Owners messed up in their lease–just that there was a legal battle over ownership. Leasing implies they were renting. Owner issues have nothing to do with the “mistakes” in a lease.
From prior online stories, there was no legal battle over ownership.
Prior owner of the building died unexpectedly in an automobile accident. Heirs came in with other plans for the building and since workout factory didn’t have a legally binding lease with the prior owner (maybe a handshake deal or a “we’ll get to it later” deal), the workout factory had to vacate in 30 days. If they had a binding lease with the deceased owner, it would have been binding on the heirs.