Equinox Reviews

Equinox Fitness is an upscale chain of gyms. The company started with a gym in New York opened in 1991.  The original owner was North Castle Partners, until it was purchased for $505 million in 2006 by Related, a New York-based real estate developer. Equinox Fitness gyms are often found in luxury condominium buildings in cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, London, and Toronto, among others.

Through the years, it has established a reputation as being the Ritz-Carlton of fitness brands.  It has other sister firms like Soul Cycle, Pure Yoga and several other reputable fitness agencies. Equinox Fitness maintains well-kept and convenient located gyms in key cities nationwide.  However, be prepared to shell out a significant amount of money for membership in an Equinox Fitness gym.

Number of Locations

Rating: 8 / 10

Equinox has 64 locations in key cities in the United States and overseas like London and Toronto. Majority of these locations are situated in New York, where it was born. It also has branches in major U.S. cities like Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

Due to the limited number of locations of Equinox Fitness, there’s a good chance that you may have not seen any of its gyms especially if you live in a small town or city in the United States.

Cost to Join

Rating: 4 / 10

Since Equinox Fitness is regarded as the Ritz-Carlton of fitness, don’t be shocked at the prohibitive membership prices. In order to be a member of this gym, you must be willing to pay fees ranging from $140 to $180 a month. This is apart from the initiation fee that you have to pay.


Rating: 10 / 10

With the expensive membership fee that you have to pay every month, you can be assured though of the cleanliness of the gym. Equinox Fitness gyms are maintained by a competent housekeeping staff. There’s a low probability that you’ll find untidy locker rooms or shower rooms in any Equinox Fitness gym.

Workout Machine Maintenance

Rating: 10 / 10

Equinox Fitness gyms boast of the latest cardio and strength training equipment. All equipment is well maintained and adequately cleaned. Suffice to say, workout machine maintenance is the least of your concerns when you sign up for an Equinox Fitness gym membership.

Too Busy

Rating: 9 / 10

Because Equinox Fitness gyms are located in condominiums and urban areas, there will always be times when its locations are packed. If you want to stay away from the crowds, you might want to work out during weekend nights or early in the morning.

Other Amenities

Rating: 10/ 10

Equinox Fitness promotes itself as a lifestyle brand. Thus it has numerous amenities that justify its very high membership fees. Most gyms have standard services like massage, facials, and aqua therapy. Other standard amenities include childcare, café, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Customer Service or Personal Fitness

Rating: 10 / 10

Members of Equinox Fitness customer service staff are trained to provide the best customer service experience to members. There is always a customer service staff member present in the gyms to give assistance to club members. All customer service staff members are friendly and courteous.

Physical fitness trainers are also ready to assist clients with their weight management programs, exercise, and long-term fitness goals. There are instructors for fitness classes like yoga, Pilates, aerobics, and spinning.

The fitness trainers employed by Equinox are all professionals, having been trained in the firm’s Fitness Training Institute that boasts of producing some of the best personal trainers in the world.

Locker Room

Rating: 10 / 10

At Equinox, cleanliness is not an issue. All locker rooms are regularly cleaned so you won’t be complaining of an unkempt room.  Locker rooms are also adequately stocked with free hair and body products and clean towels.


Rating: 10 / 10

All Equinox gyms have private shower rooms. The number may vary depending on the size of the club. Again these shower areas are regularly cleaned by Equinox housekeeping staff. You’ll surely love the shower rooms of Equinox that you may not even shower at your home because of the spacious and luxurious gym shower areas.

Overall Experience

Rating: 9 / 10

Equinox Fitness gyms attract gym goers who want to be pampered as they work out. This explains why its membership fees are very high. Aside from the high costs of membership, the other thing you might frown at is the limited number of Equinox Fitness gyms. If you don’t live in major U.S. cities then you may have not even heard of Equinox Fitness, more so seen any of its gyms. But when it comes to equipment, amenities, customer service, and cleanliness, only a few gyms can match up with Equinox Fitness.


[usrlist “Number of Locations:8” “Membership Fee:4” “Cleanliness:10” “Workout Machine Maintenance:10” “Too Busy:9” “Amenities:10” “Customer Service:10” “Locker Room and Shower:10” “Overall Experience:9”]

One Comment

  1. Watch out for the fees at Equinox. They quoted me one price then charged me $10 more. Promised to credit me the overcharge and have yet to receive the credit 4 months later. Never got an explanation why I was charged the higher fee or why they continue to charge me the higher fee. Also, they don’t have employees who help you with the machines only personal trainers who try to sucker you into 6 or 12 sessions at a $760-1300 charge. That’s an extremely expensive instruction on proper machine use. All I wanted was advice on how to use the dang machines I never wanted the personal sessions.

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