New York City's Equinox gyms are beautiful, well-maintained, and conveniently located. They've got the latest equipment and lots of great classes so you'll have plenty to keep you busy—and fit. 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.
Many feel that the benefits are worth the higher fees. 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. It's always a positive experience to go to the gym.
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). Most don't have 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.
New York City is home to the fitness chain's flagship location, along with 30 outposts in Manhattan. There are ten locations in Uptown, nine in Midtown, and 11 Downtown. There are also three in Brooklyn, three in Westchester and three on Long Island.
Look out for state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment and group exercise classes (including spinning, active regeneration, sculpt, kickboxing, dance, and more) at all locations. There are also barre classes, yoga and Pilates, boxing and martial arts. Swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, juice bars, and child care centers are additionally available at select locations. Equinox is more than a gym and promotes that it is a club with a full range of member benefits.
Pros of an Equinox Membership
- Clean and 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
Cons of an Equinox membership
- More expensive than many other NYC gyms
- Can get overcrowded
Equinox Membership Costs
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 up to $300 per month, plus initiation fees. Business Insider reported in 2016 that "members pay $200 to $300 initiation fees and $160 to $250 monthly rates."
You'll be getting unlimited classes as a member, a personal trainer evaluation, and can download the Equinox app to track your progress and get club information.
When you join, you receive:
- Fitness assessment
- Personal training session
- One on one Pilates session
- 25 percent off your first spa treatment
- 20 percent off your first purchase at the club shop