Equinox gyms are beautiful, well-maintained, and conveniently located. They've got the latest equipment and lots of great classes so you'll never get bored. Of course, you'll pay higher monthly membership fees for these privileges and, like at any gym, will have to fight the crowds during peak workout times.
I made the switch to Equinox from a much cheaper neighborhood gym and have found that the benefits are worth the higher fees. My previous gym was a great deal, but I dreaded working out there because the machines were beat up, the locker room was grungy, and the lines for the treadmills were endless.
I looked for any excuse to avoid working out at my old gym.
At Equinox, all of the equipment is shiny and new and the locker rooms are always clean and well stocked with towels and complimentary hair and body products. I actually look forward to my Equinox workouts. As a result, I'm in much better shape even if that means that my wallet is a bit lighter, too.
If you work out during weekday evenings and weekend mornings, you'll probably encounter some crowds (especially during January and from April to May, when all gyms tend to get lots of new and newly committed members).
I've rarely had to wait to get on a cardio machine, though popular group fitness classes do sometimes fill up and the lines for the showers can get long.
Where are the Equinox Fitness Club locations?
NYC is home to the fitness chain's flagship location, along with nearly 30 outposts in Manhattan. There are nine locations in Uptown, eight in Midtown, and 10 Downtown. You can view all locations on Equinox's website: equinox.com/clubs/new-york.
What kind of facilities can I expect at Equinox Fitness Club ?
Look out for state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment and group exercise classes (including yoga, spinning, sculpt, kickboxing, dance, and more) at all locations. Swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, juice bars, and child care centers are additionally available at select locations.
What are the biggest pros of an Equinox membership?
- Clean facilities
- Spacious facilities
- Well-maintained equipment
- Several convenient locations in Manhattan (as well as in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Westchester, and in several other major cities across the country)
- Variety of group fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, spin, sculpting, and more
- Qualified trainers
- Friendly staff
- Swimming pools, Pilates studios, juice bars, and on-site childcare and spa facilities at certain locations
What are the biggest cons of an Equinox membership?
- More expensive than many other NYC gyms
- Can get overcrowded
What are the membership costs at Equinox?
Like most New York City gyms, Equinox does not advertise a standard initiation and monthly membership fee. They will usually provide details on current pricing only if you make an in-person appointment with a membership associate. That's partly because they want to get you into the gym to make it easier to close the deal and partly because Equinox frequently offers special promotions and deals so prices can vary significantly. Based on information from current and recent Equinox members, monthly fees range from $160 to $250, plus initiation fees.
- Updated by Elissa Garay