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Ping pong at the gym: conversation piece or workout?


Tomorrow night, Equinox's budget fitness alternative, Blink, is partnering with Table Tennis Nation to bring ping pong tables to a new location—the gym.
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It turns out ping pong tables aren’t exclusive to beach bars, competitive halls in Queens, or your dad’s garage.

Tomorrow, Equinox’s budget fitness alternative, Blink, is partnering with Table Tennis Nation to give them a new home (for the night)—the gym.

“There are a lot of pong players in NYC,” says Lisa Feldermann, Blink’s personal training manager. “And people can get in shape through pong as well as at the gym. We wanted marry the two concepts.”

So on Thursday, July  21, you can compete in a friendly 3-on-3 tournament, grab some free Jamba Juice, and be entered to win a 3-month membership to Blink.

But can swatting plastic balls back and forth really get you in shape?

“In an hour, you can burn between 200 and 350 calories,” says Feldermann. “Elite competitors, who add amazing fancy footwork to their game, can burn 500 calories per match.”

In other words, unless you really bring it, you’re not going to be burning off more than a Starbucks latte.

Blink Pong, Thursday, July 21st, 6:00–9:00 p.m. Blink Fitness, 16 East 4th Street (between Broadway and Lafayette). RSVP on Facebook or sign-up at the door.

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