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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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Tae

Although it’s sad they closed. What about people who had year memberships? I renewed mine right before the pandemic. They didn’t notify me to refund all or any of the funds. We are all having a difficult time right now and for them to simply close without refunding any of the money is criminal.

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Tae

I can’t belive they closed. I paid for one yr membership starting March 2020. They simply closed without refunding any part of my one yr membership fee. Is there a way to reach them? Anyone else having this issue?

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#dumpdeblasio

There were Americans in China who needed to return to USA
We could not ban Americans from entering since guess what we have rights
We have no rights under Cuomo or deblasio and New York and new jersey have highest death rate
The dems love communist China

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Mac

The highest death rate. The proverbial fat lady hasn’t finished singing. You never learn. You had many posts early on in the pandemic stating how the virus was only in blue states. People like you who think politicization is clever never learn.

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hello from my bubble

that’s because blue states had their outbreaks already…now the states that were shut down before they were hit will go thru what we already went thru…then they will have a reasonable level of immunity like we do and life will go back to normal

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Trump told millions of Americans to break quarantine...

Sorry when did Trump suggest the blue states “liberate” themselves from health regulations?

Why have red states ALWAYS had higher infection rates, from the very beginning?

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JMurphy

I’m sorry Nick and Rich. I wish you two guys nothing but future success. Nick always greeted everyone with a handshake and a smile. This City is fast going the way of Detroit…thanks to progressive thinkers like MAC and Hashtag…..Mac will be the first to sell his mothers house and move to the villages in Florida. Then foment a revolution as he sits by the pool.

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Ellen

Nick and Rich -Your supportive friend Murphy pretty much helped put you guys out of business with his support of an incompetent and negligent President and administration that dismantled a pandemic office at the very source of the outbreak the waited months after the outbreak to put travel restrictions in place.

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COVID cases are SKYROCKETING in the red states

Why would they move to Florida? Other than Texas is there a worse outbreak right now? Rich people are moving north…

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Ester

Perhaps the city will turn the space into a free covid 19 testing site and vaccine site in the far future.

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Blaine

Perhaps people realize the average age of death is 85 years old. The USA life expectancy is 82. You shut down an entire economy for political reasons.

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David

Perhaps some idiots would remember the crippling of the healthcare system an outbreak creates. Perhaps some idiots can explain the long term effects of a new disease that has killed 170,000 and put 100’s of thousands more in hospitals and many of those intubated and on respirators for extended periods.All in under a year.

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Jenn

Pure election year shenanigans. I lived in San Diego for years where Bubonic plague outbreaks is endemic due to proximity to the border. Yet schools remain open and its handled just fine without all the hysteria of the teachers union and mainstream media here. This shutdown is being extended far longer than warranted elsewhere in the state simply to make things more dire in an election year and justify an even bigger bailout for the city and state pensions and tax coffers. Business owners and their employees are not a concern

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Mac and cheese

Jenn – The state is overwhelming democratic what would be the gain? Your post is the very definition of absurd.

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jenn is right...

there are several congressional seats up for grabs in NY State…so Dems keeping their majority in the house is not absurd…your silly logic is absurd

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James Allen

“Okay everybody, we have to shut everything down indefinitely to beat the virus with a 98% survival rate.”
>Businesses shut down en masse<

***Shocked pikachu face***

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David

James- Do you know the long term affect of Covid-19? Do you remember how the disease crippled the hospitals? You need to turn off the TV.The death rate has little to do with it.

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I heard Trump's brother died from COVID

I don’t know if it’s true but that’s what they’re saying

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Karen

For those members that have paid for a year membership in advance, will they be refunded?

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Hashtag

U-Haul-You should be thanking Trump. Trumps negligence lead to a national health crisis with millions of Americans infected and hundreds of thousands hospitalized and dead. This negligence lead to the shut downs and lock downs to save an overwhelmed healthcare system and lives. These lock downs along with other tough decisions have saved untold number of lives and returned our hospitals to adequacy. As the pandemic rages across many US States it has been abated in NY. Facts are facts. You’re blaming Cuomo for Cleaning Trumps mess.

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Hashtag

BR- I’ve lived here over 60 years, you move. I was here first. If you can’t challenge the facts of my post you should move on and not be so bitter with a personal attack. Learn to act like a man with pride.

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ABoondy

right, because the virus came to be because of trump. did you even bother to see how many other nations have this under control? right. just blame trump for everything, but make sure you never take any responsibility for your own actions- the liberal motto.

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David

Aboondy – The virus was allowed in to our country and allowed to spread because of this President and his administration’s negligence and failure to act in a timely manner. Travel restrictions were put in place over three months after the virus raged in China for well over three months. The same with Italy. This is not the first pandemic America faced in recent years nor was it the first to originate in this very region of China however it is the first to infect over five million Americans sicken and kill hundreds of thousands and cripple our healthcare system. What changed with the handling of this virus to allow such catastrophic results?

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president xi

the communist chinese govt allowed international travel to and from wuhan after they had shut down domestic travel completely…95% of the spread around the globe could have been prevented if the Chinese had contained it…Trump blocked travel from china on jan 30th and the progressive nitwits were still out there in march telling people to go to chinatown and order dumplings and live life like normal…Thank you president Trump for not being an identity politics idiot and actually using science…Dr. Fauci said the presidents actions saved millions of lives….

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David

@Presudent- Trump never blocked travel he “restricted” flights a big difference and January was there months into the outbreak. According to the FAA there were still 30 daily flights into JFK and 25 daily flights into San Francisco from the infected region. Too little too late. That story about politicians telling people to go to Chinatown has been proven to false. https://www.factcheck.org/2020/04/trumps-false-claims-about-pelosi-and-chinatown/ Would you like to speak Italy? That’s where the NY strain is traced to.

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President Xll

Trump said there were only 15 cases of Covid and they would be gone soon leaving no COVID in US. That’s is science.

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Trump praised Chinese President Xi

He said he was doing “a very good job with a very, very tough situation.” Yikes. He let in a LOT of Chinese nationals after that.

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Republicans say Trump did it

Trump danced with the flag and called the virus a hoax as over 175,000 perished and hundreds of thousands more were hospitalized. 5.5 million infected and growing.

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#wheresjimmy?

I am very sad. I love this gym and had been going for decades. These guys are victims of the Cuomo shut-down which is destroying our neighborhood and demoralizing us. I will not join another gym; it is too hearbreaking.

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Critical thought works

Hashtagger- Gyms have gone out of business all across America because of COVID 19 and last I looked Cuomo wasn’t the Governor of the United States, there is a president instead. None of these gyms would be in this situation if the President didn’t fail in his response to this pandemic then Cuomo wouldn’t have had to make these tough decisions. Put the blame where it belongs on Trump. Just the facts.

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Worst economy in history

Agreed, the record low economy and high unemployment has businesses hurting. Why would Cuomo issue a shutdown? Like Trump said, we should be liberating.

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ABoondy

same here. “The gym was owned and operated by Rich Bundy” can i get a whoah Bundy?

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Oscar

If you don’t allow businesses to operate, they will close. How is this so hard for Cuomo and DiBlasio to comprehend?

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Sarah

Oscar- Your post is absurd. The government regulates commerce. Go and read your constitution.

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Everybody's life matters

“Regulate” in this context, as the Constitutional Framers intended, means to make regular, as in keeping commerce flowing, facilitating it, not to micromanage it and strangle it with red tape. That’s the exact opposite of regulating commerce.

Words have meanings. Learn them.

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Connie Cummings

@sarah: wrong. The commerce clause was written in 1787 for the Feds to keep moving commerce regularly because each state started to have high tariffs. Things from Jersey were 4x’s the amount than NY. Nice in theory but this let the door open for the Feds to regulate ALL commerce which is NOT in the Spirit of the Constitution.

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Stop spreading untruths

Everybody’s and Connie : Wrong.. Article I, Section 8 enumerates the powers delegated to the legislature. Financially, Congress has the power to tax, borrow, pay debt and provide for the common defense and the general welfare; to regulate commerce, bankruptcies, and coin money. To regulate internal affairs, it has the power to regulate and govern military forces and militias, suppress insurrections and repel invasions. It is to provide for naturalization, standards of weights and measures, post offices and roads, and patents; to directly govern the federal district and cessions of land by the states for forts and arsenals. Internationally, Congress has the power to define and punish piracies and offenses against the Law of Nations, to declare war and make rules of war. The final Necessary and Proper Clause, also known as the Elastic Clause, expressly confers incidental powers upon Congress without the Articles’

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David

Only a Republican would down vote a copy of an article of the US Constitution.

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radical left

lets rip up the constitution…cause we don’t like gun rights…we want to expand the supreme court…we want to destroy the electoral college…we want to shut down free speech on college campuses…and we want to control the means of production….but the republicans don’t like the constitution…hahahahah

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Sherry Gamlin

I am so upset to hear that the best gym I ever was a member of is closing. I loved going there and saying “hi!” to Rich, Nick, the staff and other members and of course, working my ___ off. I hope you can someday re-open there or another location in the neighborhood. Be well Nick & Rich.

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Free thought

Physique is not a casualty of Covid! Physique is a casualty of Cuomo’s tyranny forcing businesses to close! Cuomos response is to blame not Covid! You’re not safe when your Liberties are stepped on! 4th amendment.

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BR

Totally agree
This is on our dictator
Generalissimo Cuomo
Afraid that there is more of this to come

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Mac

Free Thought – Tell that to the people infected in Florida Texas and Arizona. Put up or shut up already, you offer no ideas just whining. Pandemic kill businesses it’s a fact just look at history. Gyms have closed all over the nation, are these Cuomo’s fault too? Pandemics hit the country and the world several times in recent years and nothing like this has happened. Put blame where it belongs on an incompetent ineffective and negligent President.

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#wheresjimmy?

Isn’t the lovely Mac smug? Can’t stand people like that. Cuomo and Deblasio are destroying New York while Mac hides behind his key board.

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LIC Sleeper

@wheresjimmy: From what I see you’re on this site way more than Mac. I can just as easily say you’re hiding behind your keyboard. You sound childish. I don’t care for DiBlasio’s policies but I think Mr. Cuomo deserves credit for bringing the Corona pandemic under control. Give credit where credit is due.,

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