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Is a membership to Equinox worth the cost?

I have a wide range of gyms in my area, and so far I like Equinox the most. It's kind of expensive though. Is the cost worth it? How are the trainers? How's the social scene?

by Anonymousreply 42503/13/2019

No, it's not.

I mean, it's very nice if you can afford it. If you can afford it, go for it.

by Anonymousreply 107/26/2017

Nope. NYSC has a ton of gyms in their network - some that cone very close to the quality at Equinox.

You're paying to stay away from the riff raff when pay for an Equinox membership.

by Anonymousreply 207/26/2017

What do you want from a gym, OP?

How old are you? How often do you work out? What sort of workout?

And which Equinox too--they vary tremendously by location.

Generally the locker rooms are nicer and cleaner and there is a larger selection of classes if that's your thing.

by Anonymousreply 307/26/2017

r2, which NYSC locations are close to the same quality as Equinox? I've been a member at both over the years and based on my experiences, have to respectfully disagree with you.

by Anonymousreply 407/26/2017

Nope. I go ____ Sports Clubs. MUCH better

by Anonymousreply 507/26/2017

In general, Equinox is probably the best gym chain in my area (NYC). They are expensive, but if you can afford it, I say go for it.

However, I will echo what R3 said above -- they vary greatly by location. Some locations seem to be a higher priority to the company than others. Those locations get the latest equipment, and I suspect better managers than other lower priority locations. If you choose Equinox, make sure you like the location that you will be frequenting. I'm not sure the price point is worth it for one of their lesser locations.

by Anonymousreply 607/26/2017

OP, what did you decide to do?

by Anonymousreply 709/01/2017

Depends on where you are and how old/what you're looking for. The LA locations are beautiful, but def scenes. You get dressed up to go to the gym. NYC, less so, but still a scene element. I pay the national because I can go in LA or Manhattan. You're paying for the crowd. Worth it to me, but maybe not everyone.

by Anonymousreply 809/01/2017

Are you looking for hot steam room blowjobs?

by Anonymousreply 909/01/2017

Definitely worth it for the sex.

Also worth it because it's 1) extremely clean 2) rarely crowded 3) you usually don't have to deal with shitty people (the trainer's are a whole other story) and 4) the sex, the sex, the sex.

by Anonymousreply 1009/01/2017

Tour a Planet Fitness before you commit

by Anonymousreply 1109/01/2017

R11. Ugh. Yes. Someone debating the pros and cons of Equinox is going to find their place at PF. Come on.

by Anonymousreply 1209/01/2017

Sshhhhh don't talk about the sex.

What sex?

That only happens at NYSC.

by Anonymousreply 1309/01/2017

Isn't it like, $1200 a month? WTF? For that much, I'd just rent whores and workout on my own.

by Anonymousreply 1409/01/2017

No

by Anonymousreply 1509/01/2017

R14 $280 for national access, so not quite $1,200 a month. Those people tied to one club pay about $180.

by Anonymousreply 1609/01/2017

They gym equipment is basically the same. Equinox is better maintained, has a much better locker (it's more like a spa), has better classes, better trainers and the clientele is richer and hotter. So if you just want to lift. anywhere is fine. If you want to get laid/meet a bf/hobnob with the hoi polloi, do Eq.

by Anonymousreply 1709/02/2017

"Hoi polloi" means the opposite of what you think it does R17, though it's a common mistake.

by Anonymousreply 1809/02/2017

Equinox is the place to go if you wanted a higher-end experience. And a spa-like locker room. But it's infested with MARY posers (both straight and gay.)

I prefer to go to a real man's gym. When guys sweat and are serious about working out.

by Anonymousreply 1909/02/2017

Equipment is the same. People at equinox are richer so if that's who you want to mingle with while going broke on the monthly fees, go for it

by Anonymousreply 2009/02/2017

r18 wow, never knew that. thanks

by Anonymousreply 2109/02/2017

[quote] But it's infested with MARY posers (both straight and gay.) I prefer to go to a real man's gym. When guys sweat and are serious about working out.

Apparently R19 was shunned.

by Anonymousreply 2209/02/2017

I mostly love Equinox. It's expensive, but it's first-rate. And I love seeing all those naked bodies after I work out.

by Anonymousreply 2309/06/2017

which one has the fewest towel dancers?

by Anonymousreply 2409/06/2017

R23 which location(s) do you go to?

by Anonymousreply 2509/06/2017

There's a certain masseur at a certain Equinox location in NYC who has a massive cock and he'll let you feel him up (fully erect) if you get to know him well enough.

But that's all I can tell you!

by Anonymousreply 2609/06/2017

What do you think of TMPL and the trainers there? How does it compare to Equinox?

by Anonymousreply 2709/06/2017

R25, Equinox Sports Club on 67th and Columbus.

by Anonymousreply 2809/15/2017

Don't do it OP! They just had a huge data breach! It's all over the news.

by Anonymousreply 2909/16/2017

We've probably seen each other then, R28.

by Anonymousreply 3009/19/2017

there are some in LA that have pools; I love swimming as an exercise and I would go if I could afford it, but I can't.

I don't get how people say money can't make you happy; it can sure make life easier, free up your time to pursue happiness. I'd be generous with my money; that would bring me happiness.

by Anonymousreply 3109/19/2017

Why would I become a member, when they've had this massive data breach and put my credit information at risk!? It's just too much for me.

by Anonymousreply 3209/19/2017

Apparently for the buffet of cocks.

by Anonymousreply 3309/19/2017

I go to the Equinox on Market St. in San Francisco. It used to be a Sports Club LA, then Equinox bought it. It also used to be a place where you could pretty easily score a hand or blow job in the sauna or showers, but the gay clientele largely seems to have left. In a sweeping generalization, the members are largely douchey tech bros and financial types now. Some nice scenery, though, and as others have mentioned it's sparkling clean and well-maintained. Oh, and the Four Seasons Hotel is next door and Equinox is its de facto gym, so there's an occasional celebrity sighting. (I saw John McCain -- fully clothed -- talking on his cellphone in the outer locker room once.)

by Anonymousreply 3409/19/2017

^used to? There's still plenty of action there.

by Anonymousreply 3509/19/2017

Clearly, then, I'm going at the wrong time. I was there this afternoon and it was dead, action-wise.

by Anonymousreply 3609/19/2017

OP, you have to do A LOT self-reflection. Equinox is a very expensive gym and unless you know that you will work out 3-4 times religiously each week then I would choose someplace else. Is Equinox a very nice gym? ABSOLUTELY! and it's very clean too. But, all gyms are basically the same. If it is your goal to workout then anywhere, (especially less expensive) will do.

I've been a member for years. I pay $208/month for all access. That does not include "destination locations" (scam). The last two years I barely use it all and it is my own fault. I lost my training partner. Therefore, it has taken me all of this time to finally admit to myself that If I'm not going to use the gym then why not join Crunch or NYSC which are much cheaper until I get over my depression or get my motivation back?

My point is; If you KNOW that you are going to really use your Equinox membership then go for it. If not, then look for less expensive gyms. Because basically, they're all the same.

by Anonymousreply 3709/19/2017

[quote]Because basically, they're all the same.

EXCEPT FOR THE SEX!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3809/19/2017

Another reason I picked Equinox is because they supply free towels, soap, shampoo, razors, moisturizer, etc., so all I have to schlep is a tshirt and shorts, which easily fit in my messenger bag, and wear my athletic shoes. It's also on my way home from work, so I don't have to go out of my way at all to use it. (If I had to go all the home after work, grab a bag of workout stuff and then go to the gym, I'd never go to the gym.)

by Anonymousreply 3909/19/2017

What sex? I live in Manhattan and have trained at many of the Equinox clubs here and don't see steam room sex , etc . Tell me where to see this ? Most of the places are pretty classy and sometimes a bit smooth , and I don't see guys hook up there .. maybe after ;)

by Anonymousreply 4009/19/2017

[quote]EXCEPT FOR THE SEX!!!!

I'm a weird one, R38. I don't go to the gym for sex. I go to workout. While working with my workout partner we got to see some of the same people regularly and became "somewhat" friendly with them and many of the trainers, but we were there to workout.

by Anonymousreply 4109/19/2017

wow, so many companies are getting hacked!!!

by Anonymousreply 4209/19/2017

R39 some of the locations actually provide t-shirts, shorts, socks, jock straps, etc.

by Anonymousreply 4309/19/2017

R40 no offense but if you're in Manhattan and you haven't seen any sex in any of the Equinoxes.... you must give off some sort of vibe that kills the sex.

by Anonymousreply 4409/19/2017

But, here's a point; I have an all access pass and for the first time I walked into the Equinox on East 64th St. WHAT A NICE GYM!!! That helped with stirring up my motivation again. So! before I give up Equinox I'm going to REALLY put in the effort of at least working out in all the Manhattan gyms at 2-3 times

by Anonymousreply 4509/19/2017

Greenwich is about the only place for sex/

by Anonymousreply 4609/19/2017

^most definitely NOT. There are at least 3 other gyms in the area that have 5x the amount of sex going on than the Greenwich location.

by Anonymousreply 4709/19/2017

I go to the one on 64th street too.

by Anonymousreply 4809/19/2017

Any locker room action stories at an L.A. Equinox, such as the one on Sepulveda, WeHo, Encino, etc?

by Anonymousreply 4909/19/2017

[quote]What do you think of TMPL and the trainers there? How does it compare to Equinox?

I've heard it's just "meh". The gym seems to always be looking for Personal Trainers. It's a very nice gym--I attended the opening party, but I don't know much more about it. Try "YELP".

by Anonymousreply 5009/19/2017

No. In SF it's now over $200 a month.

by Anonymousreply 5109/19/2017

The Encino location used to have a ton of sex. After the remodel, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 5209/19/2017

Was that David Barton in the ad for TMPL or whatever it was?

by Anonymousreply 5309/19/2017

That's him, R53

by Anonymousreply 5409/19/2017

I have a friend who was looking for a BF. He chose equinox because he wanted to meet a man of the wealthier variety.

And he succeeded. He met a TV producer at Equinox. They're getting married next year.

by Anonymousreply 5509/19/2017

You never hear about issues of homophobia at these expensive gyms., at least I don't. I feel safer going to a more expensive gym. I won't be called a f-ggot (as much) at a place like this.

by Anonymousreply 5609/19/2017

There are a few "gay" NYSCs. Most of the guys are gay and you can often find action in the steam rooms/saunas if that's your thing. I used to go to equinox, and there are hotter guys, but nysc has enough hot guys to make the steam room fun after a work out. I'd say there are more trolls at nysc though, and sometimes they ruin the vibe. The weights / machines at nysc are basically of equal quality to equinox as well. Nysc is definitely not as well maintained, but I don't think equinox is worth the extra $20,000/ year or so. I switched to nysc about 3 years ago and don't really miss equinox. The pool at the broadway nysc is very nice.

by Anonymousreply 5709/19/2017

I am ending my Equinox membership because they keep raising the rates. Ripoff

by Anonymousreply 5809/19/2017

[quote]I am ending my Equinox membership because they keep raising the rates. Ripoff

YEP! It's insanity on steroids!

Would someone help me please? I just received a letter notifying me that membership will increase by $10. Therefore, my monthly membership is now $218/month. What is the value of this gym? I'm quite sincere in asking about this and am quite open to reading what others feel are the value propositions of this gym

by Anonymousreply 5902/20/2018

R59 do you have an all access membership?

by Anonymousreply 6002/20/2018

Yep, R60 but still...

And, the all access that I have doesn't give me all access. There are those "destination" locations of which I'm not eligible for... at $218/month...

by Anonymousreply 6102/20/2018

I just complained to Equinox (posting something on their FaceBook page) and this was the reply;

Hi XXXX,

If you'll email our member services team, at MS@equinox.com, we can assist with this query.

My posting;

Would someone help me please? I just received a letter notifying me that membership will increase by $10. Therefore, my monthly membership is now $218/month. What is the value of this gym? I'm quite sincere in asking about this and am quite open to reading what others feel are the value propositions of this gym

by Anonymousreply 6202/20/2018

I'll stay with NYSC because they have free towels and I can do what I want to do for $40/month.

by Anonymousreply 6302/20/2018

[quote]I'll stay with NYSC because they have free towels and I can do what I want to do for $40/month.

I'm heading over there tomorrow! I may not get $40/month but I will be thrilled with just paying $65/month!

If NYSC, Crunch, and anyone else are smart, they should start raiding the Equinox membership! $218/month? How insane is that? And, how crazy am I for paying it when it was $208???

by Anonymousreply 6402/20/2018

I love Crunch in NYC. I go to the W 38th st location. Very nice. Gay friendly but not super-gay.

by Anonymousreply 6502/20/2018

How are the WeHo and Century City locations?

by Anonymousreply 6602/20/2018

R17 Not hoi polloi, try hutz clutz!

by Anonymousreply 6702/20/2018

Equinox is def very nice if you can afford to spoil yourself. I have a membership and use it around 4 times a week. Lots of beautiful show offs walking around naked.

by Anonymousreply 6802/20/2018

Why doesn't anyone fuck around in the Chicago ones? There are 3 and I've never seen anything in my main one.

There are some HOT guys in there, but they seem to be utter douche bags beyond belief....and on heavy doses of steroids.

by Anonymousreply 6902/20/2018

[quote]They gym equipment is basically the same. Equinox is better maintained, has a much better locker (it's more like a spa), has better classes, better trainers and the clientele is richer and hotter. So if you just want to lift. anywhere is fine. If you want to get laid/meet a bf/hobnob with the hoi polloi, do Eq.

And, so you pay for access to such people? Oh, man-o-man. Look... I've been a member of Equinox for years and speaking only for me I have never seen such fraternization. Their trainers are trained but that doesn't mean that they can get results. I think a trainer's session rate is now $120/session.

All of it is ridiculous.

Look... I'll just accept it. I'm not Equinox acceptable. I'm just not going to spend over $2500/year for a gym. It's just foolishness.

by Anonymousreply 7002/20/2018

R61 yeah, I know. I was just wondering if my rate was going up too.

by Anonymousreply 7102/21/2018

R69 what do you look like because I have definitely seen and have had fun at two of the Chicago locations.

by Anonymousreply 7202/21/2018

Make of it as you will...

by Anonymousreply 7302/21/2018

Do they really provide shorts and shirts for free?

by Anonymousreply 7402/22/2018

^Some of the locations provide Shirts, shorts, socks, and jock straps.

by Anonymousreply 7502/22/2018

R37, I did that too; belong to a gym for years, didn't go.

Changed to a cheaper gym I could WALK to, went on a portion control plan and hit the gym twice a day; lost 40 lbs.

Work was going great. The best time of my life.

Gotta get back to it.

by Anonymousreply 7602/22/2018

Op just join reebok sports club and be done with it.

I've belonged to reebok, NYSC and equinox.

Equinox was nice but I preferred having more locations to choose from. So nysc was perfect for that.

I got sick of tipping people in the locker rooms - which I did at equinox and reebok.

I'm no longer living in NYC and I now belong to a gym that is better than all 3. Much more luxurious, still at equinox prices - but it blows equinox out of the water

by Anonymousreply 7702/22/2018

C'mon, NYSC is a SHITHOLE. Every locker is broke. The carpet is filthy. The shower, if they work, are always disgusting. I once pulled back the shower curtain to reveal a discarded enema bottle.

Nice!

by Anonymousreply 7802/22/2018

Have you checked out 24 Hour Fitness?

by Anonymousreply 7902/22/2018

what R78 said. Never going back. Used towel mountains or towel shortages or towel rationing. Broken lockers, missing soap,etc, etc

by Anonymousreply 8002/22/2018

NYSC has had several MRSA outbreaks at their locations over the years.

by Anonymousreply 8102/23/2018

Interesting...

by Anonymousreply 8202/24/2018

If I'm a member, how much do I pay to have a guest come with me?

by Anonymousreply 8303/01/2018

How much more is adding a locker in the executive locker room?

by Anonymousreply 8403/01/2018

Could you please tell us more about how the sexiness factor? What kinds of scenes are there to enjoy? Can you please tell us of some of your experiences?

I want my loins to ache...

by Anonymousreply 8503/05/2018

Do they have Japanese soaking tubs?

by Anonymousreply 8603/05/2018

Equinox is where the guys who won't give you the time of day in NYC will happily gobble on your cock under the guise of a steam room.

Every location has an active stream room. I've even seen the trainers indulge.

I know two guys who found their rich husbands in the locker room, of course, they tell everyone they met in a spin class or on the gym floor.

Great place to meet guys if youre not into apps or bars.

by Anonymousreply 8703/05/2018

Extremely shady. I canceled my membership and they kept charging my credit card despite several protests I lodged and promises they would rectify this. Someone else I know went with his wife to see the club. He joined; she didn't. They kept charging him for two memberships. Not cool at all.

by Anonymousreply 8803/05/2018

R87, are the two guys who met their husbands at Equinox much younger than their husbands?

by Anonymousreply 8903/05/2018

[R89] no, give or take 5 years. None of them are even over 40

by Anonymousreply 9003/05/2018

Thanks, R90. Would love to hear more hot stories. KJ Apa works out there.

by Anonymousreply 9103/06/2018

Yes if you really use it- I go every day except those when I play tennis or do some other activity. High quality gym- convenient, clean, well set up and well run. It’s about $200 per month- all gym pass.

by Anonymousreply 9203/06/2018

R92, do they have the option of a separate executive locker room? No the "E" membership that's 20,000 a year - just another $100 or so a month for use of the executive locker room? They have that at the Sports Club LA branches, which Equinox took over... Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 9303/06/2018

R93 they used to offer use of the Executive Locker Room by charging a couple of hundred bucks extra... but there was really no point. Why would you want it/ need it?

by Anonymousreply 9403/06/2018

R94, to meet my future husband.

by Anonymousreply 9503/06/2018

You're not going to meet your future husband in the Exec Locker. The Steam Room is in the general Locker.

by Anonymousreply 9603/06/2018

R94, R95 isn't me.- R93

So they don't offer it anymore? I want it because I'd like to be able to leave my things there day after day...

by Anonymousreply 9703/06/2018

R97 I don't know if they still offer it or not. I just don't think it's worth it. They used to charge like $700 / year for Laundry Service which gave you a locker in the normal area and daily laundry.

by Anonymousreply 9803/06/2018

At Century City, it's just $45/month more for executive membership.

by Anonymousreply 9903/06/2018

R97 which location are you looking at? I can tell you if it's worth the Executive or not.

by Anonymousreply 10003/06/2018

R100, West Hollywood?

by Anonymousreply 10103/06/2018

R101 The West Hollywood location is a nice location. The layout and parking is much better than the nearby branches (parking at the majority of LA Equinoxes is terrible). The staff though at WH can be pretty awful.

Anyway as far as an Exec Membership at this location... just to leave your stuff there? Not worth it.

by Anonymousreply 10203/06/2018

R102, what's wrong with the staff at the WeHo location? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 10303/06/2018

R103 they often seem to go out of their way to be unhelpful. Many of them are just rude. Especially compared to staff at other locations.

What do you look like? Are you worth meeting up with in the steam?

by Anonymousreply 10403/06/2018

R104, I'm nice looking I think. I do alright in steam rooms.

by Anonymousreply 10503/06/2018

Good to know, R105. What gym do you currently go to?

by Anonymousreply 10603/06/2018

R92, Do you work for the gym? It's okay if you do. I'm asking because I'm starting to sense that Equinox is doing some sort of push back campaign against the growing number of complaints that the gym has been getting because it has become too expensive.

My membership just went up to $218/month. I'm told that I should be grateful because new members are being charged $240/month....

SO! I would LOVE to see the gym explain and justify this price as much as they can!!!

by Anonymousreply 10703/06/2018

{quote]SO! I would LOVE to see the gym explain and justify this price as much as they can!!!

The excuse is that they're always building new gyms and so they have to increase prices to the members so they can enjoy the privilege...

Yeah, no. That makes absolutely no sense. They should offer additional benefits then (and not just adding face cleanser in to the mix).

They used to raise prices subtly... $2/year here.. $4/there... the latest they just decided to go all in and say $10.

by Anonymousreply 10803/06/2018

Keep in mind that Equinox and Lifetime are owned by an investment firm. Its main duty is to maximize shareholder return. As much as they talk about excellent service and promoting healthy living, they're companies just like GM, Pfizer, and Morgan Stanley. Increasing membership rates fund club expansions, which in turn fund profits.

by Anonymousreply 10903/06/2018

I used to go to the one on 92nd and Broadway. Tons of steam room sex. Tons!

by Anonymousreply 11003/06/2018

How is the one in back bay Boston?

by Anonymousreply 11103/06/2018

I would imagine the higher the membership due the less homophobia?

by Anonymousreply 11203/06/2018

The staff are generally weird - kind of cold and performative. You can try to be normal and vulnerable with them, and they'll just stare coldly at you.

by Anonymousreply 11303/06/2018

[quote]How is the one in back bay Boston?

It's okay. It needs to be renovated. The layout is good. Steam is incredibly small.

by Anonymousreply 11403/07/2018

[quote]The staff are generally weird - kind of cold and performative. You can try to be normal and vulnerable with them, and they'll just stare coldly at you.

Vulnerable with them? Wha??

by Anonymousreply 11503/07/2018

Oh, also, the staff at Back Bay are straight up cunts.

by Anonymousreply 11603/07/2018

R115, like if they're not explaining something clearly, and you say something like "Sorry, I'm being incredibly dense, do you mean that..." - i.e., being polite by faulting oneself for their deficiency.

by Anonymousreply 11703/07/2018

[quote]Yeah, no. That makes absolutely no sense. They should offer additional benefits then (and not just adding face cleanser in to the mix).

And, this is my issue with them. The costs are increasing but value for members isn't. Gee... you only get 2-3 guest passes/year; WOW! One Pilates class--which is a sales opportunity; Thank you, God! One Personal Training session--which is a sales opportunity; Keihls bodywash, shampoo, conditioner--Really?

That's worth $240/month? Yep! the gyms are clean...but is that worth $240/month? I think existing members should put pressure on management to give us "something". SHIT! A free hat and/or T-Shirt yearly! How much could that cost?

by Anonymousreply 11803/07/2018

Maybe once their hotels open, members will get a discount.

by Anonymousreply 11903/07/2018

I would rather just buy weights and machines for my own home for $3000. Why would I put up with that place? I guess in NYC, you wouldn't have the space... but otherwise, there is no point, unless you like to "socialize"

by Anonymousreply 12003/07/2018

The music is too loud...

by Anonymousreply 12103/07/2018

It's the Whole Foods of gyms.

by Anonymousreply 12203/07/2018

R122, Whole Foods isn't as unfriendly. Equinox keeps emphasizing "exclusivity" without any embarrassment. It's very uncomfortable. It's a temple to selfishness, I think. Whole Foods... kind of isn't.

by Anonymousreply 12303/07/2018

Really? They sure harass you for weeks by email and phone after you visit, r123. Everyone I know who has gone in to meet with a "membership consultant" can barely leave. And when they do leave, they never stop calling.

by Anonymousreply 12403/07/2018

R124, when was that? I think they've changed quite a bit. I went to a "destination" one, and the attitude, which makes business sense for the clientele they're looking for, was "take it or leave it" - like going to Cartier or something. No follow-up; it's a club you WANT to join, I guess in their view.

by Anonymousreply 12503/07/2018

[quote]Everyone I know who has gone in to meet with a "membership consultant" can barely leave. And when they do leave, they never stop calling.

You're (we're) just some bean counter's number. The CEO says that Equinox is selling a "lifestyle". Exactly what is that? It's not like the gym uses the state of the art equipment. Nothing is gold plated. There aren't fresh flowers all over the place, etc And. these "destination" locations is the biggest scam going. I pay $240/ month but I can't use the bathroom at the old Reebok location because I don't pay the destination prices? C'mon...

by Anonymousreply 12603/07/2018

R125, not R124 but I can tell you that they absolutely still hound potential members. I've been a member for years. I went to two different locations before signing up. To this day, I still receive emails from one of the locations I went to asking me if I'm ready to join.

by Anonymousreply 12703/07/2018

Yep... R125 here again. My visit there was a couple of years ago & then I know of 2 other people who went in there. What was also interesting is that we compared our "proposals" and we both got insanely hard sells on membership PLUS thousands in training. They didn't even blink when they said my first payment would be something like $2500. And all I went in there for was a quick tour because I was just curious... which I stated quite a few times.

What seems to happen (and in the case of r127) is that the membership people turnover every few months because I suppose they never make their numbers, and then you get called again from the new membership people.

by Anonymousreply 12803/07/2018

Being a membership person at Equinox is very stressful. Making numbers is the be all and end all of any success there. "Successful" membership coordinators - meaning, those who last more than a year - oversell the services and amenities and are relentless about closing. At month-end, white boards in the General Manager's office list # of closures, pending, etc., very visibly to put pressure on the individuals, and on the last day or two of a month, the whole Membership team works non-stop for any sign-up they can get. It's the opposite of the stress-free, healthy lifestyle they try to sell.

by Anonymousreply 12903/07/2018

Based on how relentless they were with me (who just wanted a freaking tour) - I can completely see that, r129.

Also, I asked them if I could have a day pass to try the gym out - which isn't that unusual - and they just kept coming back with "try the first month! If you don't like it you can cancel (which I am sure will be another nightmare headache)" They wouldn't give a day pass, period - even if I said I'd pay for it. Nope.

by Anonymousreply 13003/08/2018

[quote] (which I am sure will be another nightmare headache)" They wouldn't give a day pass, period - even if I said I'd pay for it.

I heard that they charge $68 (how did they come to that figure I don't know) for a day pass. Clearly something that they want to discourage.

by Anonymousreply 13103/08/2018

[quote]Clearly something that they want to discourage.

Yes... you're right on that. Click the link below....lol...look at the URL first.... and then click.

by Anonymousreply 13203/08/2018

R130 when was that? Before I joined it was extremely easy to get a trial pass from them. It would usually be for 3 days but some were desperate and would give me a week. The max I ever got as a trial was 2 weeks.

by Anonymousreply 13303/08/2018

[quote]The max I ever got as a trial was 2 weeks.

At Equinox????

by Anonymousreply 13403/08/2018

Job TitletEquinox Fitness Salary

Front Desk - Hourly t $9.87/hr

Assistant General Manager t$62,193

Personal Trainert $50,534

General Managert $75,667

by Anonymousreply 13503/08/2018

R132, I don't get it...

by Anonymousreply 13603/08/2018

Looking forward to their hotels.

by Anonymousreply 13703/08/2018

r136, I did a google search for day pass or trial pass, and that's what came up. The URL says "trial-pass" and then there's nothing about any trial pass on that page. There's nothing on that page but a placeholder graphic. Why even have that web page? Can you print it out and show it at the door to get in ? It's just funny that someone made this web page but obviously they don't want to have anything to do with letting people have trial periods so the page is basically empty.

by Anonymousreply 13803/08/2018

Why are you looking forward to their hotels?

It's odd how many times Equinox hotels have come up on here. Will they know something that the Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, etc... do not? Somehow I doubt it. They're probably just diversifying their investments because they had some strategy consultant tell them their gym business is not growing anymore.

by Anonymousreply 13903/08/2018

Yeah, R134 at Equinox.

by Anonymousreply 14003/08/2018

Whatever happened to their line of "affordable" gyms that they were going to open/offer? Did that ever happen?

by Anonymousreply 14103/08/2018

Trial passes must vary by location & how many members they have, if they hit their numbers yet, how cunty the management is, etc...

by Anonymousreply 14203/08/2018

VOILA, R141!

by Anonymousreply 14303/08/2018

Ah, Blink Fitness. They barely have any locations. However, those should be made available to all Equinox members as our fees are the ones that built those rat holes.

by Anonymousreply 14403/08/2018

I just read Equinox does 1 billion a year in revenue. Holy shit. I had no idea they were making that much. I hope people are seeing results for all that money.

by Anonymousreply 14503/08/2018

Lifetime Fitness is the Chrysler of gyms where Equinox is the Mercedes Benz.

by Anonymousreply 14603/08/2018

Blink is the 365 by Whole Foods discount store of gyms.

by Anonymousreply 14703/08/2018

[quote]Ah, Blink Fitness. They barely have any locations. However, those should be made available to all Equinox members as our fees are the ones that built those rat holes.

I went to their website and it says that they have 60+ locations and building more. But, Equinox members having access to Blink? Neither the twain shall meet. I was a member at Blink at one point. At the time, if you were an independent Personal Trainer, Blink was a God send. As a member (I think it was $20/month) I had unlimited guest passes. So, would always be my guest? My personal trainer! Personal trainers were having all of their clients signing up for Blink and training them on guest passes.

I could get over no towel service and that you had to bring your own towel. The gym was very clean too--at least the one where I was a member. But, it was the SMALL locker room that got me! That would not be a problem either if you figured out the time to come. Actually, it was good value overall. But, an Equinox member could never use a Blink gym and God forbid if a Blink member wanted to visit an Equinox and work out.

by Anonymousreply 14803/08/2018

So does anybody actually know what the 'destination locations' are? I can't find a list or anything online

by Anonymousreply 14903/08/2018

[quote]So does anybody actually know what the 'destination locations' are?

The "destination" locations (the biggest scam Equinox has running) are basically private upscale gyms that they have taken over by Equinox. The two that I'm aware of in NYC are the "Printer's House" and what was once "Reebok". They'll usually have an amenity that you cannot find at another Equinox ie a pool, a sundeck, etc. That's pretty much the only difference except that you cannot have access to them unless you're paying the higher membership cost.

I was in Washington DC and an Equinox was right across the street from my hotel. I could not use that location (I eventually did because I got the permission from the manager) because it was a "destination" location. I WAS PISSED TO PISSTIVITY! More so, since the gym in my hotel (although small) was better equipped and they gave you free water, towels galore, apples, and ear phones! The "destination" gym had a basketball court (whoopie) but it was old (furniture, structure, etc). It sure was clean though (eye roll)

by Anonymousreply 15003/08/2018

This comment I found summed up Equinox:

"Too Expensive - You are paying a premium price for basic gym amenities. Nothing too special as far as gym equipment."

by Anonymousreply 15103/08/2018

Yeah, but R150... there's SO much sex in the DC Equinox.

by Anonymousreply 15203/08/2018

What's the scene like at the West LA location that was formerly The Sports Club/LA?

by Anonymousreply 15303/08/2018

So how would you know which locations are destination locations if some are still branded as just 'equinox' ?

by Anonymousreply 15403/08/2018

R154 there is a list of Destination Clubs on Equinoxes site.

R153 what scene are you curious about?

by Anonymousreply 15503/08/2018

[quote]So how would you know which locations are destination locations if some are still branded as just 'equinox' ?

I believe that the chain can declare at anytime what location would be "destination" or not. Especially since they are on a program of never ending upgrades. The only thing about the Washington DC location that made it "destination", (besides the pool, basketball and squash courts), is that it was located right next to and "fed into" a Ritz Carlton. Basically, all of the old LA Sports Clubs are "destination" locations. By the way, the cost of monthly membership to access those clubs too is $300/month. Below is The Printing House. And, there are LOTS of complaints!

by Anonymousreply 15603/08/2018

Lifetime Fitness in flyover is garbage now.

by Anonymousreply 15703/08/2018

What's special about the Century City destination gym other than being new?

by Anonymousreply 15803/08/2018

Having a pool doesn't make an Equinox a destination location. Palo Alto CA has a pool, and it's definitely not a higher end Equinox. It's nice, but it's their smaller club model.

by Anonymousreply 15903/08/2018

There's way more sex/playing at Equinox than at Lifetime. Lifetime has amenities like hot tubs, steam rooms, etc., but it's too family-oriented and its locations are typically in more conservative areas for much "fun" in the locker rooms. Kids run through the locker rooms, Dads talking their sons through how to use the showers, etc. You'd have to be very careful about trying something at a Lifetime. Equinox has way more open-minded members.

by Anonymousreply 16003/08/2018

R159 several NY locations have pools as well and are not destination clubs. So do many in SO Cal.

And while Palo Alto might be a smaller club... the steam room is full of action!

by Anonymousreply 16103/08/2018

Lifetime Fitness in Michigan (any location) is gross and homophobic.

by Anonymousreply 16203/08/2018

Hmmm. Maybe I'll see you in the steam room then, R161.

by Anonymousreply 16303/08/2018

You couldn’t handle my gunt R163.

by Anonymousreply 16403/08/2018

Ha, R163. Is that your location? It's always a good time..

by Anonymousreply 16503/08/2018

What are the demographics of equinox? Wealthy white people? Well?

by Anonymousreply 16603/08/2018

R166, in LA it’s white and East Asian people. Don't know if they're actually all wealthy or just stretching their budgets.

by Anonymousreply 16703/08/2018

Yep. I'm in the Palo Alto club, R165.

by Anonymousreply 16803/08/2018

Good to know R167, thanks. It’s important to know.

by Anonymousreply 16903/08/2018

Curious why it's important, R169. Not being sarcastic or judgmental - just thinking there's an angle I'm missing.

by Anonymousreply 17003/08/2018

This is me R170:

[quote]Lifetime Fitness in Michigan (any location) is gross and homophobic.

My gym is the complete opposite of your gym, in every way. It used to be like you (of course not Equinox-luxury), but clean and “luxury” for flyovers. Not anymore.

by Anonymousreply 17103/08/2018

R171, are you R169? I'm not understanding the connection with the ethnicity of the members. Sorry I'm being dense. Can you spell it out?

by Anonymousreply 17203/08/2018

Is there any comparable chain? What about overseas - are there similar chains? Maybe they'll come to the US and provide some competition.

by Anonymousreply 17303/08/2018

KX in London is more luxurious

by Anonymousreply 17403/08/2018

R153 I only started going here after it became an Equinox back in 2011 (give or take a year). I no longer go to this location, but I can remember the design being quite 'dated', however the massive structure still attracts a lot of new members. I know the pool was being worked on so this ticked off a lot of people who primarily came here to use the (indoor) pool. Being Executive/Destination members, I'm sure they were welcome to use other locations that had a pool, with Westwood being the closest.

As for the scene, you get the b-boys who come use the basketball courts in the evening since school lets out (yes, I said school, some of these members are 18). Otherwise, the age definitely leans older, and I'm just being 100% honest when I say it's heavily Persian. I swear EQX Glendale isn't as Armenian as EQX WLA is Persian. I suppose I point this out to say they are much more 'conservative' in some ways than others. In other words, it certainly isn't West Hollywood.

Not that anyone here cares, but Mel Gibson shows his face, Justin Bieber, Shaq & Ron Artest among other NBC players take advantage of the court. I guess the sugar babies go to BH and the young twinks go to Weho.

by Anonymousreply 17503/08/2018

Thanks, r175!

by Anonymousreply 17603/08/2018

[quote]I point this out to say they are much more 'conservative'

As in, anti-gay?

by Anonymousreply 17703/08/2018

I had a membership in WeHo, and even though I enjoyed it and loved their classes, I eventually cancelled my membership. I just couldn’t justify paying so much money for working out on the same equipment that I used at LA Fitness, for a fraction of the cost.

The bottom line was money. The money I save can be used on a vacation, and I still work out regularly. Being a woman, I don’t cruise the gym for hot hook ups, and even if straight women engaged in that sort of thing, you’re not going to get any action in WeHo.

For me, LA Fitness allows me to get the job done as much as Equinox. I have a Pilates reformer at home, and if I want an extra challenging Yoga session, I know where to find one in a number of locations throughout LA.

by Anonymousreply 17803/09/2018

According to what I have gleaned here, if you go to Equinox in NYC, you may see Anderson Cooper flash his moonwhite ass in the locker room, and you may see Andy Cohen lift his towel in the steam room to flash his flaccid penis as he glares at you like a rabid fox with a crooked eyeball.

Here in DC, the gym assigned to all homosexuals who want to feel of a certain status is VIDA. It comes with an in-gym hair salon, a rooftop swimming pool with cabanas and a bar, and an active reservoir of horny viral activity. I have avoided it as long as I have lived here, but pass the perky-bootied branded-tee-shirt-wearing muscle homos prance down the street on the daily. VIDA is the place to see, to be seen, to get drunk and to meet desirable upstanding gentlemen such as Billy Santoro. Yay.

by Anonymousreply 17903/09/2018

R179, I'm familiar with Vida and the guy who owns it. It's nice, but it's like having a popular local gym chain Cleveland: just kind of cringeworthy. Just join Equinox; they're in DC.

by Anonymousreply 18003/09/2018

R180 I’m not “extra” enough for Equinox. I make good money, but I grew up lower middle/working class and I just don’t see the value in throwing hundreds of dollars a month at a gym whose equipment is the same as Washington Sports Club or other gyms. I go there, work out, and come home to shower. I don’t like being naked in front of strangers, I don’t want fungal infections on my feet and nothing about jerking off in a steamroom appeals to me. So paying premiums to be in an elite health club just does not make sense to me. But if it’s worth it to others, have at it.

I only exercise to exercise; if I wanted to cruise for sex I’d go to a bar or a sex app.

by Anonymousreply 18103/09/2018

I agree with you R181. There's quite a few postings on this thread referring to the availability of having sexual encounters. Really? I guess that comes down to whatever gets you off. But, the farthest thing from my mind when I'm at the gym is trying to score sex at the gym.

For me, it's more about what environment will motivate me the most. I would say that the David Barton gyms was that inspiration. Say what you want, but there was nothing less than beautiful, muscular, steroid filled, fashionable, instagrammable, fun-fun, people! It was all great eye candy and I worked harder because I wanted to be just like them!

I have yet to feel anything like that at any Equinox. Don't get me wrong, there are very nice and good looking people there but no one really stands out. Not even among many of the personal trainers. I LOVE the porn star look rather than that nice very fit body, "anybody can have that body" type look. LOL!

And, so I suppose Equinox is like any other gym (except much more expensive) in that you will get out of it what you put into it, and it is up to the person to make the most of a membership. Isn't a barely used $90/month Bally's (are they still around) gym membership just as wasteful as a monthly Equinox gym membership?

by Anonymousreply 18203/09/2018

[quote]. I LOVE the porn star look rather than that nice very fit body, "

Then why don't you appreciate your membership more considering that there are an overwhelming number of actual porn stars that work out at Equinox?

by Anonymousreply 18303/09/2018

[quote]Then why don't you appreciate your membership more considering that there are an overwhelming number of actual porn stars that work out at Equinox?

Really? I've never seen them. The only famous people that were/are porn stars that I have ever seen were at David Barton, Crunch, and NYSC. The only famous person that I have seen at Equinox was Anderson Cooper but I had met him some time ago at.... David Barton's. The famous people that i have seen in the gym that I have known;

-Anderson Cooper: David Barton Equinox -Chris Meloni: Crunch -Joe Mangiello: David Barton -Hugh Jackman: David Barton -Austin Wolf: David Barton -Coach: David Barton -Michael Lucas Ugh): David Barton -Jake wetmore: David Barton -Jennifer Aniston's current husband; Hanson's Gym

There have been at least 10 others whose names I can remember at this point. Most I have seen at David Barton. As far as Equinox? No one really and I'm a regular at the the Park Ave and Times Warner locations.

by Anonymousreply 18403/09/2018

[quote]-Jennifer Aniston's current husband; Hanson's Gym

And, what was funny is that this guy was visibly upset because I didn't know who he was--even when the trainer introduced us (something that I later learned that he hated) and I still didn't know who he was...

by Anonymousreply 18503/09/2018

How’s TMPL gym R184? Looks amazing.

by Anonymousreply 18603/09/2018

I'm surprised that CLAY gym still exists.

by Anonymousreply 18703/09/2018

Oh David Barton gyms still exist - one in Las Vegas, one in LA.

by Anonymousreply 18803/09/2018

I'd say meh... The problem with TMPL is that there is only one location and getting to it. I've worked out there 3 or 4 times. But, I'm on the east side and that dealing with getting to the west side and then a bit uptown... Sometimes you want to deal with it and other times you don't.

First, their equipment is STAT OF THE ART!!! Equinox really needs to take a look at that gym to learn what is cutting edge, (I believe the membership is $120/month at TMPL) Yep! There are (or were--I'll explain later) the beautiful, muscular, steroid filled, fashionable, instagrammable, fun-fun, people! The trainers look like the whores that they are and what I want to be. Massive muscles, ripped clothing, etc. I LOVE IT!!! But, there seems to be a high turnover. I guess David is really cracking down on the business end and if you're not making your quota then out you go. To me, it just doesn't seem as if the location is catching on. I don't hear a lot of people talk about it.

Second, I'm not getting the same vibe that I had at the other Barton (different company I know) gyms that I have had previously.

But, IT IS A VERY NICE GYM!

by Anonymousreply 18903/09/2018

[quote]I'm surprised that CLAY gym still exists.

Me too! Now, THAT'S luxury!!! I'm sure that if it runs into trouble, or they look to sell, that Equinox will be right there to swoop that one up! I tell ya... that gym has had a nice long run!!! And, only one location that I'm aware of.

by Anonymousreply 19003/09/2018

R190, I think there's a second location now - Greenwich.

by Anonymousreply 19103/09/2018

R191, Clay ironically is just over the NY boarder, so technically it’s not in Greenwich. How’s that for marketing?

by Anonymousreply 19203/09/2018

The average looking trainer, (right) at TMPL... The average. It only goes up from this.

by Anonymousreply 19303/09/2018

[quote] swear EQX Glendale isn't as Armenian as EQX WLA is Persian.

HAHAHA. That is so true. Surprisingly, there aren't as many Armenian members at the Glendale location as you would think there would be.

by Anonymousreply 19403/09/2018

R183 is right. There are a ton of porn stars that work out at Equinox. It's like they get a discount there or something. I also see a lot of celebrities there. It must depend on the location and time. I'm surprised anyone has seen Cooper's ass as someone claimed above. Whenever I would see him at the gym he either wouldn't change or he was very careful in his towel dance.

by Anonymousreply 19503/09/2018

-Equinox is planet fitness for rich people. If you even lift, not only will you save money elsewhere- you'll also be happier.

-I think it's a rip-off unless you have cash to just throw around. There are cheaper gyms that may not be as nice but have all the basic equipment you will need. Equinox can charge that much due to its luxury brand and the lifestyle image associated with it.

-I recently began using Equinox, and I think it's great. The clubs are definitely 'upscale' and that probably contributes to most of the price premium. It's great if you take different classes, because the options are abundant. However, other than being clean and well kept, the weight lifting equipment is pretty standard and the same as you would find at most gyms.

-If you are working banking hours you are better off using the building gym or finding a more reasonably priced 24 hour gym. Also depends on what type of training you do (i.e. does your building gym have a rack and bench).

by Anonymousreply 19603/09/2018

[quote]-I think it's a rip-off unless you have cash to just throw around. There are cheaper gyms that may not be as nice but have all the basic equipment you will need. Equinox can charge that much due to its luxury brand and the lifestyle image associated with it.

I don’t follow this rule as an openly gay person. Luxury will for safety and a peace of mind that cheap minds do not. Now, if I were heterosexual or I “butched it up” as the homophobes here would tell me to do, and which I can’t even do, I might be able to work out at cheap gyms. But, based on posts here, gays that are obviously gay that work out in cheaper gyms, get harrassed.

by Anonymousreply 19703/09/2018

*will allow for safety

by Anonymousreply 19803/09/2018

To me, Equinox is worth the price because 1) the locations are convenient 2) they're clean 3) the classes are great 4) it's hardly ever crowded 5) I don't have to pack gym clothes 6) it's clean.

by Anonymousreply 19903/09/2018

LOL! You have to take YELP reviews with a grain of salt. You never know what the agenda is. Here's one of the latest reviews about the CLAY gym:

3/3/2018

A dying decaying gym that is struggling to survive. In the past year they have switched general managers twice. None of them capable of fixing this falling apart gym. The current manager is an unprofessional tyrant that thinks he has it all figured out. Most of the staff think he is absolutely terrible. Apparently the gym is struggling to pay its bills.

The entire gym has a negative and sad energy with most members in their 60s. A bitter attitude drives this place. At each personal training sessions (big mistake) I saw less and less members.

Don't believe what you see on their website. The pictures are all misleading and taken to enhance the appearance of a decaying gym. When I read how amazing this gym is in other reviews, I just think it is silly. Nothing amazing here.

There are many better options out there. Stay away from this one.

BUT, (and the above can be true on some level), I have a friend (and one of my former PT's at David Barton--Limelight), that works there. He wouldn't stay there unless he didn't like it and the money wasn't good. BTW, Clays PT packages;

10 pack--$1045

25 pack--$2500

by Anonymousreply 20003/09/2018

Signed up today. They give you a t-shirt. Keeping an eye out for KJ Apa.

by Anonymousreply 20103/09/2018

I find it fascinating that they're starting their own hotel chain. So cool.

by Anonymousreply 20203/09/2018

Each floor will have its own steam room.

by Anonymousreply 20303/10/2018

There is some shenanigans going on here.

Poster r137 is also r202, spamming (again) about equinox hotels (which happened on here before). This poster conveniently ignored the scrutiny at r139.

This person also seems to be doing a little research, having started the following two threads at the same time

"What's your favorite luxury brand?"

"The nicest hotel you've stayed at?"

So, what's going on, gurl? First year in the marketing department? Nobody other than you is "excited" and "fascinated" about some overpriced gym going into a very crowded hotel market that doesn't need them. Sorry. Maybe it's best you just do 1-way communications like ads, rather than trying to engage in social media marketing that is just way too obvious.

by Anonymousreply 20403/10/2018

Or actually pay the damn money to do focus groups and surveys...along with reports from hospitality consulting firms who will answer all these questions in a far more representative manner, without having to surreptitiously spam DL with your Equinox hotel "enthusiasm". Yeah, we get it - the gays travel a lot & you want to snatch some of those dollars. That's fine. If we have to pay for your hotel, you need to pay for your market research. Or, pay Mediapolis for your damn ads.

by Anonymousreply 20503/10/2018

Yeah, it's obvious the Hotel poster is a schill. I don't know why they thought anyone would think otherwise.

by Anonymousreply 20603/10/2018

Anyone seen any famous people there?

by Anonymousreply 20703/10/2018

The hotel shill accusers may be the same people who think any interesting personal dilemma thread is fake. Boring lives, no money, so everyone else must be the same - for their own sense that things are OK in their lives.

by Anonymousreply 20803/10/2018

If you're a hot girl looking for a rich husband/boyfriend, Equinox is the place to go.

by Anonymousreply 20903/10/2018

R208 the two examples are completely different. You're a fucking retard.

by Anonymousreply 21003/10/2018

Oh R208 = R137 and R202.

Honey just admit it.

Have you not been on DL long enough to know how we know all of the same posts come from you?

by Anonymousreply 21103/10/2018

Do Datalounge threads end up on google alerts?

by Anonymousreply 21203/10/2018

Well R208 you're either a schill or just completely retarded... take your pick.

by Anonymousreply 21303/10/2018

I think anything ends up on google alerts after google finds it and indexes it. This may have changed. I haven't set a google alert in years.

Message were typically indexed very often because of new original content. So, you could find this thread very soon after it was posted since DL will be crawled / indexed by google a lot. Or you can just search various sites individually.

by Anonymousreply 21403/10/2018

Message boards* were typically..

by Anonymousreply 21503/10/2018

Does anyone have experience with Third Space in London?

by Anonymousreply 21603/11/2018

There are 40-year-old gays in NYC who live with roommates because they can't afford their own apartments yet pay $200 a month for Equinox.

I've never been able to figure that one out.

by Anonymousreply 21703/11/2018

R177 Yep.

Worked spa there for a couple of months and I understand-as most would-that massage is a personal preference when it comes to the sex of the therapist. However, when the male clients would follow up with something among the lines like, 'I do NOT want a male touching me' with a grimace instead of the, 'I prefer a female therapist', there was no doubt about the way they felt.

Of course not EVERY guy was like this, but the disgust was not hidden for those that were adamant about it. Luckily all the spas had a large staff with the majority being female (with the exception of West Hollywood, where they would have to sometimes call other spas to bring in a female).

by Anonymousreply 21803/11/2018

R218, I go to Lifetime Fitness and there were two younger guys talking about the massages they get at the spa and they said how the female and even male masseuses get them hard. Just an interesting conversation they were having.

by Anonymousreply 21903/11/2018

hottest men don't go there

NO

by Anonymousreply 22003/11/2018

Good point, R217

by Anonymousreply 22103/12/2018

Yeah, the similar phenomenon with people who have no savings and very limited spending money who manage to spend $200 every weekend on bars, alcohol, and whatever drug... plus the clothes to make them fit in & post it on instagram.

by Anonymousreply 22203/12/2018

R217, R222

Those people are known as '$40,000 millionaires'

They lose their job/career, yet they cling like hell to that gym membership!!

Pathetic and sad? Absolutely.

by Anonymousreply 22303/16/2018

What R1 said, it's just a gym. I've exercised all my life and when I join gyms I join the cheapest ones I can find, go and exercise at the times it's not crowded, and then leave.

by Anonymousreply 22403/16/2018

"I had a ravenous sexuality by the time I was 12, and I wasn't out of the closet at school or amongst my peers," he continued. "I couldn't find anyone to hook up with at school like everyone else did. The gym is a public space where lots of gays hang out, and then you have the semi-privacy of the locker room, where you can actually hook up. Steam rooms and saunas. And some gyms have much better facilities... opaque shower curtains that are flush to the floor." Paul now regularly works out at a gym near the gay district of town, which he say is a "total meat market."

At the ripe age of 14, Ricky Paul* used to get his father to drop him off at his local gym in his eastern Canadian town. He would get high and hang out in the sauna and showers, cruising for older men. "[Gay men] are better at non-verbal cruising because we've had to create this kind of subterfuge," Paul explained. "Our sexuality is stigmatized and was criminalized for such a long time." --- That's creepy and disturbing that grown adult men would have sex with kids/teens who are gay, bisexual but not out, unsure and curious, etc.

by Anonymousreply 22503/16/2018

OP if you are still reading this thread which gym did you join? Were you just curious about the sex that goes on between men in the locker/sauna at Equinox?

by Anonymousreply 22603/16/2018

I wish members were nicer. I'm new and it's surprising how seemingly closed-off or even unfriendly members are there. Especially the straight guys though that might some sense.

by Anonymousreply 22703/19/2018

R227 depends on the location. Which are you going to?

by Anonymousreply 22803/19/2018

Century City, R228.

by Anonymousreply 22903/19/2018

R229 I understand what you're saying. It will be a year in April that they re-opened into that new mall, and a lot of members who were placed elsewhere during the overhaul stayed at those other locations. For the ones who did return, they miss the old setting and staff. I worked the old CC location and have moved on myself, but there's more of an air of 'I'm too good to talk/look at you' here moreso than there was at the previous CC gym when I do come to visit.

Of course some members will have this attitude at ALL locations, not just there, but it's a different kind of 'asshole', as one once said. There definitely are some great people there if you can find them, then there are the others that come to work out, and barely speak to anyone.

by Anonymousreply 23003/19/2018

Some of the smaller locations in southern California (Palos Verde, Marina del Rey, etc.) are pretty tight-knit with staff and even members, kind of your extended dysfunctional family I've noticed. They sure notice when a new or visiting member is in their midst.

I enjoy keeping a low profile at the busier locations, but of course you have those that want to talk to EVERYONE, trying to make friends when some just don't want to. Quite painful to watch.

by Anonymousreply 23103/19/2018

There was a nice-looking guy working out today. Tall, blonde. At first I wanted to make eye contact with him and maybe say hello, but he looked so... mean that I couldn't look him in the eye.

by Anonymousreply 23203/19/2018

I'll just going to listen to funny podcasts. I'll be laughing or smiling a lot, which someone might take as a signal I'm friendly.

by Anonymousreply 23303/19/2018

People who need to talk to people at the gym. I don’t get it. Gym trolls?

by Anonymousreply 23403/19/2018

R234, not talking a lot, but at least a degree of amicability. Like not frowning at everyone and failing to acknowledge others' politeness or accommodations towards you. It's just strange.

by Anonymousreply 23503/19/2018

Do you follow members around, R235? Just curious.

by Anonymousreply 23603/19/2018

No, R236. But the gym isn't large. You run into the same person over and over as you do your different sets.

by Anonymousreply 23703/19/2018

A few EQ trainers were working out this morning and started joking around. One of them mooned the other two. Super sweet muscle ass. What a great way to start my day.

by Anonymousreply 23803/22/2018

R218, what was it like working at the spa there? Did you get free services? Did the female massage therapists get a lot of creepers hitting on them? Were there any closeted married guys who came for massages from men? Spa stories are always fun.

by Anonymousreply 23903/22/2018

Equinox/92nd St NYC

Commissioned art...

by Anonymousreply 24003/22/2018

[quote]closeted married guys

Gay men are so into these kinds if men, no?

by Anonymousreply 24103/22/2018

This is what you're paying for. A new Equinox in NYC

by Anonymousreply 24203/23/2018

The showers...

by Anonymousreply 24303/23/2018

It's very nice and feels safe. No one is overtly rude. Everyone is pretty quiet. The staff are very obliging and they smile at you a lot.

by Anonymousreply 24403/23/2018

The more you pay, the less homophobia you experience—or any at all.

by Anonymousreply 24503/23/2018

Well, it's a bit more nuanced, R245. Compare a low-end gym in a gay area to a luxury gym in a mainstream area - the former is a bit friendlier, in large part because a lot of the members at the latter are somewhat homophobic straight guys, and because some of the staff - especially the locker room cleaning people - are overtly unfriendly to gay guys, and are more present in the luxury gyms, as they cleaning constantly, vs. the low-end gyms, where they're almost never seen.

by Anonymousreply 24603/23/2018

That’s very true R246. I wish I lived in a gay area. Funny you comment on homophobic staff, I was reading the reviews of a gym in my area and one of reviewers said that one of the personal trainers was telling other staff and members that he was gay to treat him badly because of it. He was a bodybuilder, or something and he did very well in some competition and the trainer had a problem with that. But, the reviewer didn’t recommend the gym.

by Anonymousreply 24703/23/2018

The staff at Equinox are extremely nice to "Destination" members. Not the locker room staff, who are gruff and kind of resentful (because some members are jerks to them), but the trainers and front desk staff are extremely friendly and solicitous. It's kind of amusing.

by Anonymousreply 24803/23/2018

R248 I'll second that about the locker room staff. There are a few locations that I go to where the attendants are straight up assholes to everyone. I do imagine that it's probably because a lot of the members treat them/speak to them like slaves.

As far as trainers go... I know of about a dozen of them that provide "extra services," to their clients after their work outs.... for a cash tip.

by Anonymousreply 24903/23/2018

[quote] As far as trainers go... I know of about a dozen of them that provide "extra services," to their clients after their work outs.... for a cash tip.

R249, at Equinox? NYC or LA? I can't imagine that happening at mine - but then again, most of the trainers there are women.

by Anonymousreply 25003/23/2018

R250 both. But more prominent in LA.

by Anonymousreply 25103/23/2018

There's no cut and dry answer, and obviously depends on the individual. I use to work out at Eqnx in SF and OC and shelled out $175/mo w/no issues given their proximity to my office, prime time working out and farther locations of comparable gyms. Now, I pay Gold's Hlwd $20/mo (since last fall) to work out early am, but shower at home (vs. about $200/mo for the new Eqnx Hlwd, which is very nice though smaller than Weho). So the extra $180/mo was not worth the onsite showering, classes, clientele, atmosphere, etc. for me.

by Anonymousreply 25203/23/2018

R250, the WeHo Equinox?

by Anonymousreply 25303/23/2018

R249, the WeHo Equinox?

by Anonymousreply 25403/23/2018

R227 you're going to a gym for rich snobs, what do you expect? Most people when they go to a gym just want to exercise, and leave. I've been going to gyms all my life and I don't like the people who while I'm in the middle of exercising who I recognize only from seeing at the gym feel the need to start long conversations with me.

If you want to join a gym to meet men to get fucked by or date, you're joining for the wrong reasons. Go on grindr, or to a bath house/sex club instead.

by Anonymousreply 25503/24/2018

It looks like New York Sports Club, (Town Sports International) is going to have a luxury line too. I totally missed the linked story when it broke. But, there are NYSC that are now going luxury ie Grand Central Station, just to name one and the company will build from that.

by Anonymousreply 25604/02/2018

Equinox has opened near where I live and I’m so excited to join. It’ll be a nicer experience just because people have money and they don’t want to get involved with other people. Someone commented here or on another gym thread that members don’t talk to each other. That’s awesome. Looking forward to joining.

by Anonymousreply 25705/31/2018

How much do trainers charge by the hour? How much for the after hour fun?

by Anonymousreply 25805/31/2018

New all access monthly membership....

$250.00!

by Anonymousreply 25902/10/2019

That’s a crazy amount of money. The only equinox I’ve been to (Tribeca) is def not worth that. I’ve heard others are nicer.

There must be some in between nysc and equinox? I like my local Y in Bklyn better but we also get some crazy people.

by Anonymousreply 26002/10/2019

$3000/per year!

For a gym???

by Anonymousreply 26102/10/2019

Just had fun in the steam room. LA.

by Anonymousreply 26202/10/2019

Which location, R262?

by Anonymousreply 26302/11/2019

Equinox, bizarrely, still charges extra for The Printing House gym because of their roofdeck pool. It is the size of a postage stamp, they don't serve drinks there, the deck area is closed half the year and when it is open, the pool always is closed for maintenance. It's a HUGE ripoff.

by Anonymousreply 26402/11/2019

The manager of one of them (I won't reveal which) is a piss bottom. So sometimes I feed him my load (in all senses) and then he lets me in free.

by Anonymousreply 26502/11/2019

[quote]The manager of one of them (I won't reveal which) is a piss bottom. So sometimes I feed him my load (in all senses) and then he lets me in free.

MMPH! I don't want to ruin your good thing but if he is looking for additional partners I'd be game! $250/month??? RIDICULOUS!

by Anonymousreply 26602/11/2019

[quote]The manager of one of them (I won't reveal which) is a piss bottom. So sometimes I feed him my load (in all senses) and then he lets me in free.

Are you in NY?

There are at least 3 different Managers at various NY clubs that fuck around. I know of 1 in LA.

by Anonymousreply 26702/11/2019

I might be overreacting BUT I think there might be a backlash that is happening. TODAY, I have received trial overs from Crunch and NYSC. NYSC is starting a luxury gym model. That's why they bought TMPL and probably will buy the recently defunct Clay location. But, I was just given an all access deal of $69.99

But, I'm surprised with these gyms marketing like they are in Feb. I guess they did not hit the January quota.

by Anonymousreply 26802/11/2019

Also, be careful at Equinoxes. The staff at a lot of the locations are known for stealing. Because so many of the locations now have the combo locks, they help themselves to anything of value in your locker. Also, if you ever lose anything there? Don't bother to ask if they've seen it. They pocket the stuff and claim it was never turned in.

by Anonymousreply 26902/11/2019

I haven't heard about the stealing, R269. But, you're right about losing stuff there. If one loses something there then it is gone forever.

by Anonymousreply 27002/11/2019

R270 I have seen both happen on multiple occasions. I'm also friendly with several of the employees there who have told me that it's well known among the staff that they'll pocket whatever is lost.

by Anonymousreply 27102/12/2019

Yes it is. The higher the membership price, the nicer the environment (members that is). No homophobia, members keep to themselves for the most part and are polite, it’s worth it. You have to take into account who works out there too. If it’s homophobic people, then you’ll be wasting your money because you won’t have a good work out, plus you’ll be stressed out. Lower gym memberships attract seedy crowds. Been there, done that, done with it.

by Anonymousreply 27202/12/2019

R3 nails it.

Depends what you want out of the gym, what features (showers, classes) you'll use and how far it is from your house/office.

by Anonymousreply 27302/12/2019

I can confirm that Equinox staff routinely steal from the lockers so watch your valuables. And it's not necessarily the maintenance staff doing it.

Several locations only have one master key to unlock lockers and it's placed outside of the locker room in a room accessible to all staff. They're supposed to have to sign the key out, but they don't.

They use the key to just open lockers during business hours and help themselves.

by Anonymousreply 27402/13/2019

Staff stealing is not a widespread occurrence at the multiple EQ's I've used, but it has happened depending on the location and available pool of potential employees (or poor hiring practices of a manager). This also happens at every other gym chain I've used.

My main EQ just recently changed its lockers to the built-in combination locks, and everyone hates them. People forget which locker they used, especially when they change locations in the locker room from visit to visit based on where a crowd is when they arrive. Also, the combinations are way too easily changed when closing the door. Obviously, if someone accidentally and unknowingly changes one of the 4 digits when closing the door or flipping the knob, the person's usual combination is not correct any longer and they have to call maintenance person for help. Because all of the maintenance people have master keys to open the lockers and I've seen them opening a string of lockers for someone who does not know which locker is theirs, I've stopped leaving valuables in mine. I have not heard of any thefts, but trusting that someone will properly lock a locker they've opened when trying to help a member find their crap is not a risk I'm willing to take.

I've heard of more instances where items were taken because members left them out on the benches or in unlocked lockers, and this was in gyms other than Equinox. Hopefully most people are honest and wouldn't mess with someone else's stuff though. I found a wallet on the floor just last month and returned it to the owner while he was working out based on the picture on his driver's license.

by Anonymousreply 27502/14/2019

R275 which Equinoxes do you us and I can tell you if they have an issue or not... because I can tell you that a large number of them do have theft issues.

And it's good that you returned the wallet to the person directly. I notice that a LOT of members just leave valuable things behind and for the most part, I never see any other members touch it. I've seen items left for days (not actual valuables but stuff someone might be tempted to take) and it's always impressed me that the members will typically leave it alone. As mentioned above, never give an item to an Equinox staff member. The rightful owner will never get it back.

by Anonymousreply 27602/14/2019

[quote]I can tell you that a large number of them do have theft issues.

Yes! The $250/month membership fee is nothing but thievery.

by Anonymousreply 27702/14/2019

R276, I'm in Palo Alto, CA and Greenwich, CT.

It's unfair to paint all Equinox employees with such a broad brush though. Most are good folks, and every business has a few bad apples that cycle through over time. I'm not naive though. I've seen managers sleeping with employees, employees taking supplies, etc. I'm sure it's worse at gyms that have less stringent hiring requirements.

by Anonymousreply 27802/14/2019

Stealing has never been a problem are my equinox.

by Anonymousreply 27902/14/2019

*at my

by Anonymousreply 28002/14/2019

What's that super cheap gym by Equinox?

by Anonymousreply 28102/14/2019

Blink, R281

by Anonymousreply 28202/14/2019

R278 was it Palo Alto that recently changed their locks? I know as of October of last year you still had to bring your own. If it is Palo Alto, then that is the reason there hasn't be a theft problem at that location... yet.

However, the Palo Alto branch is one of the most complained about branches (received by Corporate), mostly due to staff issues. It's primarily due to the Manager who everyone seems to hate yet they do nothing about.

by Anonymousreply 28302/14/2019

R279 which location? You might just not be aware of it. They're obviously not going to announce it.

by Anonymousreply 28402/14/2019

What are you, a Lifetime Fitness rep? ^^ Lol. You seem way invested.

by Anonymousreply 28502/14/2019

^^^What are you an Equinox salesperson??? Why does the truth bother you?

by Anonymousreply 28602/14/2019

Yet another thread started by a social media intern.

by Anonymousreply 28702/14/2019

Tiresome, R287. Social media interns don't know what DL is.

by Anonymousreply 28802/14/2019

One of the Equinoxes had to get rid of the majority of its staff a few years ago because so many of them were stealing. I dont know if any of them were stealing from members but they were stealing from the company. Apparently they were lifting whatever they wanted from the shop.

Wasn't someone also running a gun business out of the Greenwich location?

by Anonymousreply 28902/14/2019

These posts sound like they’re from competitors. There’s too much invested. It’s just a gym. An expensive that seems to anger people.

by Anonymousreply 29002/14/2019

Yeah, I blocked (cant remember) just the “stealing” crowd and the “gun” dude above and poof, lots of the posts are gone.

by Anonymousreply 29102/14/2019

Well, R291 not only are you dumb, you're full of shit. I've only posted once in this thread. You sound sad. You also sound like you talk to yourself a lot.

by Anonymousreply 29202/14/2019

R288 yes they do... and they don’t need to do a lot. Just one thread across a variety of platforms like this. I found DL very easily by the way, thru Google. It’s near the top if you Google “gossip.”

by Anonymousreply 29302/14/2019

Funny, block R291 and see how many posts disappears and how he also talks to himself.

by Anonymousreply 29402/14/2019

Poors complaining about an establishment they could never afford to step foot in. Shocker.

by Anonymousreply 29502/14/2019

Hmmm, I’m the last person who understands how blocking works here. I did block r291 and only see two posts that disappeared. Maybe now is a good time to ask: would they all appear in the Ignored section under “posts by ignored poster x”? How about the other “posts by ignored person”... there’s a list of 20 like that with no posts underneath.

by Anonymousreply 29602/14/2019

Oh look it cleared its cookies to complain about "poors."

Honey, we can be members at Equinox and still talk about how there are issues. Acting like you're a member and nothing ever bad happens there makes you sound stupid.

by Anonymousreply 29702/14/2019

R283, Palo Alto changed its locks on the lockers this past December (over the weekend of Dec. 15th if I recall correctly).

I haven't seen a huge amount of staff turn-over since I joined last summer. I'm there nearly every day. Knowing if any trouble is going on behind the scenes is difficult; it appears that the staff get along well. I rarely see the general manager out on the floor and haven't met him, so I can't speak to that aspect at all. The club does seem to run itself though. As in most Equinox clubs, the maintenance staff seem to work the hardest out of anyone there.

by Anonymousreply 29802/15/2019

Oh, R297, hunnnny. Lolol.

by Anonymousreply 29902/15/2019

Any review of the new Orchard St, Lower East Side. Live next door, thinking of joining. (all aspects, social etc.)

by Anonymousreply 30002/15/2019

It’s worth the join, R300. Equipment is top of the line. Everything is top of the line in quality. Equinox is extremely pro-gay, Pride month is a big deal. All these things make a difference as a gay member. My experience at other gyms was not great. It’s expensive but it’s great.

by Anonymousreply 30102/15/2019

I would work out at equinox but if I cancel I would work out at home. Other gyms have all been the same—seedy members, homophobia, all that. No more regular gyms.

by Anonymousreply 30202/15/2019

Thank You! I will receive a discount as I live in the building. Neighbor?

by Anonymousreply 30302/15/2019

The Thank You was for 301

by Anonymousreply 30402/15/2019

Go for it, R303! And, you can cancel if it doesn’t work out. No, not a neighbor. 😊

by Anonymousreply 30502/15/2019

Nuh-Uh.... That's not going to fly, R301. You come across to me as a salesman. So seriously, (in your opinion), what justifies Equinox's $250/month membership fee? How is their tread mill any different than that of Crunch, NYSC, Blank, etc?

by Anonymousreply 30602/15/2019

I’m not a salesman. I just said “homophobia” for me. I haven’t been called a faggot once since I joined. Asshole. You’re blocked.

by Anonymousreply 30702/15/2019

Can some of you explain how gyms are homophobic?

I mean how does someone know you're gay? Do you wear a rainbow flag t-shirt that says "I love cock!"?

Not trying to be snarky, but the only conversations I've ever had in the gym were along the lines of "do you mind if I work in with you?" and "are those the 25s or the 30s?"

by Anonymousreply 30802/15/2019

Yeah you are being snarky. Blocked.

by Anonymousreply 30902/15/2019

[quote] I’m not a salesman. I just said “homophobia” for me. I haven’t been called a faggot once since I joined. Asshole. You’re blocked.

[quote] Yeah you are being snarky. Blocked

So one of those overly sensitive types who sees every perceived slight as homophobia.

Check.

by Anonymousreply 31002/15/2019

R298 it's not that the staff at Palo Alto don't get along with each other. The complaints are that the staff can be terrible to the members. Most complaints are about the trainers and the spa staff. I also should have clarified, the problem with the Manager is the District Manager, who is also in charge of the San Mateo branch. Issues are turned over to her and she rarely ever responds to members and in turn Corporate never responds to complaints about that Manager.

You are definitely right that the Maintenance crew at the majority of Equinoxes work harder than everyone else. I'm always amazed that they work so damn hard in the locker rooms and yet they also seem to be the nicest and friendliest of the staff. I will also say that in my experience, the members are also really friendly, nice, and polite to the Maintenance crew across branches. I think that's refreshing as a lot of times people can just be assholes to people who work in Maintenance.

by Anonymousreply 31102/15/2019

We're all joining!

by Anonymousreply 31202/15/2019

I just don't like how the trainers take up all the equipment from the start of sessions: they set up their ropes, blocks, kettleballs, etc. all on the floor for their clients, like no one else is there. It's fucking annoying as shit.

by Anonymousreply 31302/15/2019

I had sex with my trainer from Orchard Street. Now I feel guilty and not sure how long I should wait to go back. The sex is a one time thing, I hope, because he is a great confident caring trainer. Fuck, what did I do...

by Anonymousreply 31402/17/2019

spill more. the woman manager there is horrible.

by Anonymousreply 31502/17/2019

Well, I hope the sex was great. So many hot men in the neighborhood! I would join there just for the scenery!!

by Anonymousreply 31602/17/2019

pretty good gym. a little in the high price range

by Anonymousreply 31702/17/2019

Absolutely not.

by Anonymousreply 31802/17/2019

Absolutely not? care to elaborate?

by Anonymousreply 31902/17/2019

Ignore, R319.

by Anonymousreply 32002/17/2019

So many hot men in the neighborhood! I would join there just for the scenery!! Orchard Street.

by Anonymousreply 32102/17/2019

A lot of NYU students.

by Anonymousreply 32202/17/2019

For those that live near the Orchard St. gym, let's get it sexy!! No sex inside, but place to meet.

by Anonymousreply 32302/17/2019

I love this ad!

by Anonymousreply 32402/17/2019

Cant see it^.

by Anonymousreply 32502/17/2019

[quote]A lot of NYU students.

At $250/month? There's something VERY wrong with this picture...

by Anonymousreply 32602/17/2019

Was at Orchard Street this morning. Not crowded, but many rich college men The more the merrier!

by Anonymousreply 32702/18/2019

You get away from rif raf at Equinox. I also hardly see roided out teens or “fitness models”. Not one fight either.

by Anonymousreply 32802/18/2019

Rather—I never see roided out...not hardly. I never do.

by Anonymousreply 32902/18/2019

[quote]You get away from rif raf at Equinox.

Mmph....

by Anonymousreply 33002/18/2019

Just a bunch of decent looking everyday guys that take care of themselves. would love to get a hold of some NYU dick there!!

by Anonymousreply 33102/18/2019

[quote]Was at Orchard Street this morning. Not crowded, but many rich college men...

I guess the manager of that location is working overtime?

-2/2/2019 Men's locker room is actually embarrassing there's trash overflowing, no towels, disgusting floors, dirty razors all over the place... if you work here and are reading this you should be embarrassed at the state of a brand new gym!

-1/26/2019 The crew that cleans the men's locker room is terrible. They spread out hoses and buckets of chemicals hours before the close of the gym. One weekend evening they literally hit a customer with the hose spray as he walked out of the shower and was drying off. Chemicals are left on the floor. The cleaners put the items from the counter onto the floor to clean the counter. Then put them back on the counter. Kinda gross and defeated the purpose of cleaning the counter to begin with. Don't bother complaining because the staff could care less.

-1/20/2019 This location is terrible. Very loud, crowded and hot. The front desk staff is very nice but the general manager isn't great. Although It's not too bad if you come first thing in the morning

-1/4/2019 My first 2 weeks there were great, but the gym has fallen apart on so many levels so quickly. Equinox Orchard Street is not kept up to Equinox standards nor the standards I was sold on. Customer service and the overall quality and cleanliness of the gym is lacking at a basic level. This is a very cheaply constructed and furnished gym as it is already falling apart and it is beyond unsanitary. I have brought several instances to the manager, Melissa's attention, but her only solution is to make an exception and let me cancel my membership. She gets very defensive and hostile when notified or asked about these issues. She gives the impression that she is incapable or disinterested in dealing with members or improving the gym.

ONGOING ISSUES

(All issues noted to staff and management with no improvements.)

* Showers are all clogged. There is an inch of water pooling. Very unsanitary.

* Steam rooms reek of mold.

* Shower lines are very long as too many classes are getting out at the same time. Better scheduling to accommodate volume.

* Metal covers for screws inside lockers fall off and are scattered throughout the gym. They are sharp on the back side and get unknowingly stepped on. The now exposed metal screws snag on items when you get your stuff out of the locker.

* Locker combinations are already faulting. Unsure why they didn't install the electronic ones that most other gyms or spas use.

* Holes and rips in yoga studio ceiling.

* Floor in pilates studio has buckled and is dangerously uneven.

* Mats used in the main studio are put back to be used again without cleaning them and there are not mat towels available in this room. It's a health hazard.

* Staff is cleaning with chemicals and vacuuming around people working out or in the locker room. Clean before/after hours as to not expose members to chemical agents, dust and cords to trip over.

* Towels are constantly running out and dirty ones piling up. There is not enough staff to manage this and it's unfair to them.

* No proper equipment maintenance. No signage to warn you a machine does not work. Various machines do not work and have not worked for months despite it being reported; no audio, no TV, machine does not work at all, shuts down in the middle of a workout, or are dangerously off balance. The time isn't even right on the machines. That's how little attention they have to detail. Staff needs to check each machine regularly to ensure it functions safely.

* Poor communication. There was no hot water at the gym. There were no signs or communication for the 2hrs it was out.

* And where are these 'meeting spaces' that I was sold on? Is it the chair under the stairs or the Ikea couch covered in sweat?

by Anonymousreply 33202/18/2019

OUCH!!!! Managers..What's up? Hope these where growing pains, but by the dates and on-going, I'm not sure. Not good for those that bought apartments in the building, even if they get a discount.

by Anonymousreply 33302/18/2019

[QUOTE] Fuck, what did I do...

Yeah R314, what did you do? We need details.

by Anonymousreply 33402/18/2019

Kissed at first then...went from there. I am sure you can figure it out. Live in the neighborhood (extremely close to gym..hint, hint)

by Anonymousreply 33502/18/2019

R332 I don't anyone who would use a revolting yoga mat from the gym and expect it to be clean or cleaned.

by Anonymousreply 33602/18/2019

R328, most would want to get away from you. You seem like an Insufferable lame ass.

by Anonymousreply 33702/18/2019

I have a message for all you insufferable Yelp queens: WORKOUT AT HOME, MOTHERFUCKERS

by Anonymousreply 33802/18/2019

Oh my R 337. Anger over that post? Mental. Blocked.

by Anonymousreply 33902/18/2019

Planet Fitness instead?

by Anonymousreply 34002/18/2019

Yeah — go to planet fitness. I don’t know why people assume paying less is smart. You get low quality equipment, service, etc. You’re actually throwing youe money away there. And, I say this as someone who went to lower paying gym. I lost muscle because the equipment was so poor. I went more often, didn’t work.

by Anonymousreply 34102/18/2019

understood, thanks 341

by Anonymousreply 34202/18/2019

And the vibe at PF is total slackard and aesthetically uninspiring

by Anonymousreply 34302/18/2019

I want to work out amongst hot people that are gymspiration

by Anonymousreply 34402/18/2019

I found myself saying how terrible I looked, R342. Just no muscle. Thin.

by Anonymousreply 34502/18/2019

[quote]I want to work out amongst hot people that are gymspiration

TMPL

by Anonymousreply 34602/18/2019

I am a member at the newish location on the LES, NYC. So far so good!! Good looking men. Trying to decided on a personal trainer, as I live nearby. Any recommendations? (male preferred)

by Anonymousreply 34702/18/2019

[quote]Trying to decided on a personal trainer, as I live nearby. Any recommendations? (male preferred)

OH! Please share with us the costs of their training sessions.

by Anonymousreply 34802/18/2019

Not concerned about additional cost of trainer, just looking for a really good compassionate trainer from Equinox on LES.

by Anonymousreply 34902/18/2019

You must be a trust fund baby, R349

by Anonymousreply 35002/18/2019

Nope - I work.

by Anonymousreply 35102/18/2019

If you're looking for a "compassionate male trainer," you might as well hire an escort.

by Anonymousreply 35202/18/2019

not what I meant..LOL...Obviously this i not the place to ask. LOL

by Anonymousreply 35302/18/2019

I'll be in the LES location..mouth wet for NYU cum!!

by Anonymousreply 35402/18/2019

What gym has the hottest dudes in the DC area?

by Anonymousreply 35502/18/2019

R349, I can't recommend anyone specifically, but I do have a story that might help. This past Fall I worked with a trainer twice a week in Palo Alto who was the nicest, most compassionate trainer I've used yet. He's been a trainer for a couple of years while he's been getting ready to apply to medical school. He really knows his stuff about the body and its systems, he's a very hard worker, and wasn't a drill sergeant. My point is .... Maybe you can talk to the training manager to find out the backgrounds of some of the trainers. Tell them if you prefer someone who tends to work with older folks perhaps. Also, I watched the trainers work out in their off-time and also observed them with their clients before choosing a trainer to work with. You can learn a lot about them by observing. I feel a trainer shouldn't be staring at his phone (unless he's timing you) or sitting around looking bored during a session. Also, good trainers at Eq don't have their clients on weight machines for 100% of their workouts. Instead, they should have clients do a lot of dynamic, compound movements - even for strength training - with a little bit of machine work mixed in.

BTW, you can change trainers. In other words, if you buy a 12 package, for example, and you decide you want to use a different trainer, you're not locked into that person. You could even pause your training while you look for a different trainer. There might be a price difference depending on which tier the trainers are, but that can be worked out as needed.

by Anonymousreply 35602/18/2019

Also, R349, when I suggested looking for a trainer who works with older clients, I didn't mean to imply that you're old. I have no idea what your age is. I know though that often the trainers who work with older clients (meaning 40 y.o. and higher) tend to be more patient and more informed about injuries and ailments. Many of the younger trainers are well informed, but they tend to use more of a Crossfit methodology, which can be quite intense and injury-prone.

by Anonymousreply 35702/18/2019

I've been unimpressed by the Equinox personal trainers who I have seen and witnessed. I have worked in the past with one of them and my primary reason for doing so was because he was a young kid just starting out. In only speaking about him, he was very good but his approach to exercise was not really a good fit for me and what I wanted. He had more of a track runner's perspective where I was much more interested in weightlifting and bodybuilding. But, I'm glad I could help him out.

But, this had me looking at the other trainers and their work too. Only two, possibly 3 (I've been with Equinox for 7 years), have stood out for me. First, and in my opinion, your body is your business card and only those that I noted, had bodies that were impressive to me. The others are very fit people but.... Of the 3 that I pointed out; one is a former football player. Another is a former lawyer but I liked how he worked with his clients. The third I can't remember. I have never really seen the Equinox Trainers working with weights with their clients. Anyway, I would compare/contrast these Equinox trainers to those personal trainers of like say a David Barton's or my trainer and his location where I'm working out now (Iconoclast Fitness-private gym)... MAGAZINE COVERS! All of them! The men and the women! But in fairness, these people are pursuing acting, fitness model, etc, careers. These people are your Instagram models. They're more into the "Hollywood" type attitude. As I have told many of them; "I don't want to be a porn star. I just want to look like one!" Anyway, these trainers "get" me and when I have told any of them that their reply was; "Let's get to work" and we get the job done!

Here's my point: YOU have to know what you want to get out of a trainer. Besides being knowledgeable and doing a great job, your trainer should be inspirational and aspirational for and to you. Generally speaking, I don't get that feeling from the Equinox Personal Trainers.

by Anonymousreply 35802/18/2019

[quote]Also, good trainers at Eq don't have their clients on weight machines for 100% of their workouts. Instead, they should have clients do a lot of dynamic, compound movements - even for strength training - with a little bit of machine work mixed in.

Ah... I just read your post, R356 and you're right about how the Equinox trainers train. Speaking for myself, that doesn't work for me as I wrote above in my long post. I want to go in and in 12 weeks I want to come out as "300" or "Spartacus". I have yet to see bodies and/or results such as that at any Equinox where I have worked out of. But... I have seen that (and experienced it for myself) at the other gyms where I have been in. Heck! I don't even really see the type of bodies that Equinox uses in their own advertisements.

by Anonymousreply 35902/18/2019

Thanks, advice taken.

by Anonymousreply 36002/19/2019

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and so do trainers, whether at Equinox or at other gyms. Some look like fitness/Instagram/porn models, some look like very healthy 50 year olds, some look a little 'roided out, and so on. Often both trainers and clients are genetically blessed, while others of us are in a constant fight from turning back into the fat kid we once were. Kudos to anyone who wants to work out. The key is to work out smart, feel comfortable with your trainer or at least where you're exercising, and stay healthy.

Over the years, I've been a member of Lifetime Fitness in the midwest, Equinox on both coasts, Planet Fitness, at-work gyms, and New York Sports Club (depending on where I've lived and how much money I could put toward a gym membership at the time). Without a doubt, my most successful and enjoyable exercise experiences have been at Equinox, so I am a fan. Not everything there is perfect, but what place can be perfect 100% of the time for 100% of its members?

by Anonymousreply 36102/19/2019

What a misguided post R358

You're confusing someone who has *been trained* with someone who *knows how to train*

It's why star athletes rarely make good coaches.

While your Equinox trainer may not look like a Men's Health cover model, he may have far more knowledge of current training techniques and what works for and motivates people at various ages and levels of fitness and how to prevent injuries and increase flexibility, etc. Ditto diet tips for someone who needs to eat out frequently for work or someone with a family who needs to eat at the same time as their kids.

Versus knowing how to get an endomorph who is genetically predisposed to having a Men's Health Cover body (e.g., themselves) into great shape. That's useful if you are young, have a similar body but not that helpful for everyone else.

by Anonymousreply 36202/19/2019

It's worth the cost if you want to see me presenting hole in the showers!

by Anonymousreply 36302/19/2019

Lifetime Fitness was awful. I was a member for ten years. That gym will bankrupt in ten years, I bet. Anytime Fitness was very nice and clean but the machines are on the cheaper end, I believe and that affects your development no matter how long or much you work out. Equinox is the best experience at a gym I have had.

by Anonymousreply 36402/19/2019

yes I do it for the anonymous sex alone. It has paid off for me personally in the currency of random hookups of 2-3 a week. I have heard this can be done at other gyms, but I think it’s almost guaranteed at Equinox.

by Anonymousreply 36502/19/2019

[quote]What a misguided post [R358] You're confusing someone who has *been trained* with someone who *knows how to train*

????

Would you prefer that I lie?

My apologies to you but I'm results oriented. My results, what my goals are, and what I want to spend my money for. I'm not going to spend nearly $3K or more to hear that my BMI is down and how great it is that I can now run on on a tread mill for 5 miles versus the 3 miles I was already doing before I started with a Personal Trainer. Nope. It's definitely about the aesthetics when it comes to me. What I will see in the mirror at the end of "our" training package will be the determination of if I will continue on with that trainer or not. Their mission is quite direct; "Make me look like the slut that I know that I can be!" All of the other stuff will fall into place....

I remember that one chain gym (shh... Crunch) at one point hired former prisoners as personal trainers. There really were a lot of positives about this initiative. Besides these guys looking the part, (see link as an example AND it is JUST an example), they produced the results for their clients. These guys were VERY successful and there were waiting lists to train with them. The clients were VERY happy! However, someone spilled the beans, the press became involved, and the initiative was quietly stopped.

Look... if the Equinox "kumbaya" workout works for you then GREAT. But, some of us look and expect more when engaging a Personal Trainer.

by Anonymousreply 36602/19/2019

You still have no idea what you're talking about R365

If you have the sort of body that's predisposed to put on muscle, then pretty much any trainer can get you in shape.

But to say that Equinox trainer are bad because they don't look the part is just dumb. And clearly whatever trainers you've hired haven't worked out because you keep searching for new ones.

I've never been an Equinox member, but I suspect that what you are looking for is more easily acquired with HGH and a plastic surgeon.

by Anonymousreply 36702/19/2019

R263, Century City

by Anonymousreply 36802/19/2019

Blink doesn't look bad.

by Anonymousreply 36902/19/2019

Yes, I do have a body that is predisposed to putting on muscle but I don't see that happening at Equinox. I just don't. And, I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings but the Equinox trainers simply do not inspire me. As I wrote earlier, I don't even see the type of bodies that Equinox uses in their own advertisements among their trainers.

The trainers I have had have worked. In fact, I'm friends with many of them. But, I get bored and I always look for new, different, and interesting. I've used past trainers again. Many times we cannot reconnect is due to schedules, work loads, etc.

by Anonymousreply 37002/19/2019

[quote]Blink doesn't look bad.

Blink is Equinox. I'd do Blink before I'd ever consider Planet Fitness.

by Anonymousreply 37102/19/2019

I don’t do equinox because I have a private trainer I like who works out at a private gym. There are never more than 4 people there. I also take private boxing lessons from a renowned boxer and other private lessons. If I work out on my own, I work out golds gym. Equinox is not worth it at all to me and I can afford it.

by Anonymousreply 37202/19/2019

[quote] The trainers I have had have worked. In fact, I'm friends with many of them. But, I get bored and I always look for new, different, and interesting. I've used past trainers again. Many times we cannot reconnect is due to schedules, work loads, etc.

Translation: I am a flake with unrealistic goals who chooses trainers based on who I'd like to sleep with.

by Anonymousreply 37302/19/2019

We all know the guys that are "mirror muscle" guys, who work out only the muscles that look good in a mirror. If that's you, go for it regardless of where you work out. More power to you. I'm sure the good looks, flashy car, expensive headphones, etc., will bring you a lot of satisfaction, until they don't. Until then, please pick up your towels from the locker room floor.

by Anonymousreply 37402/19/2019

I don’t see any of that “alpha male” shit at my equinox, R374.

by Anonymousreply 37502/19/2019

[quote] I'm sure the good looks, flashy car, expensive headphones, etc., will bring you a lot of satisfaction,

Don't forget the ROLEX.... And, they do.

[quote]Until then, please pick up your towels from the locker room floor.

I always do and I'll admit that is one of my MAJOR pet peeves about the Equinox locker room, rather the users of the locker room. I have seen many men who are literally standing right next to a towel bin drop their towels on the floor to have them picked up by someone else. What message are they sending?

by Anonymousreply 37602/19/2019

[quote]I'd do Blink before I'd ever consider Planet Fitness.

Planet Fitness gives out free pizza and bagels!

by Anonymousreply 37702/20/2019

R375: smh 🤦‍♂️ just wow

by Anonymousreply 37802/20/2019

I meant smh at r365. 🤦‍♂️

by Anonymousreply 37902/20/2019

Got a good tug today at Orchard St.

by Anonymousreply 38002/22/2019

^^^ Uh-huh... I guess they have to do "something" since the place is apparently falling apart...

by Anonymousreply 38102/22/2019

true!

by Anonymousreply 38202/22/2019

I can’t see half the posts in this thread. My watcher shows seven new posts but only one displays.

by Anonymousreply 38302/22/2019

R383, sounds like you've blocked one or more people, so you're not seeing their posts. If you click on the Ignored link at the top of the page, you might be able to tell if that's true.

by Anonymousreply 38402/22/2019

I agree with the person upthread who posted about the trainers. Every single location I've ever used across the US is the same - the trainers take up all the space, whether with clients or not, and are always in your way.

by Anonymousreply 38502/25/2019

over compensating for small penis.

by Anonymousreply 38602/25/2019

Sometimes the trainers feel like monitors and/or borderline mean girls. One will be looking straight ahead on a cardio machine, and the trainers will make a point of watching that person, always glancing over to see if he's using the right technique or something.

Like, you're with your client. Stop looking over and judging people who aren't even in your line of sight.

by Anonymousreply 38702/25/2019

Century City was crazy crowded today. Like one of those bring-a-friend days with the freebies.

Any other DLers go there?

by Anonymousreply 38802/25/2019

Some trainers -- at ANY gym -- are lunkheads. Some are excellent.

I'm a fan of observing the trainers working with their clients and when they work out on their own for new exercise ideas.

by Anonymousreply 38902/25/2019

I brought the conversation of this thread up to my trainer last week. He was in agreement with me. He was offered a Personal Training position with two different Equinoxes. After working out a day at each one he declined the jobs. He confirmed my opinion that the trainers are just uninspiring. This was a big difference to him after having worked at Crunch and David Barton.

I'm sure the Equinox trainers are nice people and very knowledgeable but... part of the job is to motivate and inspire, in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 39002/26/2019

R 390, are you posting from a different device? Because I can’t see your post at R 370. I think you’re that sales person from some other gym. Blocked again.

by Anonymousreply 39102/26/2019

Nope, R391. Also, I'm not a gym sales person--although I'm actually considering it.

by Anonymousreply 39202/26/2019

R390, where are you working out? Do you like it there?

by Anonymousreply 39302/26/2019

Orchard St!

by Anonymousreply 39402/26/2019

[quote][R390], where are you working out? Do you like it there?

I train here (see the link). I like it. It's a private gym and its business model is focusing on the independent personal training market. All the trainers, (from what I have see) are results oriented. They're also quite competitive with each other too. I also workout at Equinox.

by Anonymousreply 39502/26/2019

Equinox Personal Training Rates

TIER 1:

Single $110

12 Sess. $1212

24 Sess. $2328

TIER 2:

Single $120

12 Sess. $1320

24 Sess. $2544

TIER 3

Single $130

12 $1440

24 $2760

48 $5280

TIER 3+

Single $140

12 $1560

24 $3000

48 $5760

TIER X

12 $2040

24 $3960

48 $7680

104 $16120

Then, of course, monthly membership.....

by Anonymousreply 39603/01/2019

A great trainer and facility are worth every penny.

by Anonymousreply 39703/03/2019

9 guys in the steam room this afternoon. All well built. All towels open. Some left smiling. After 20 mins, the musical whistle of a cleaning guy dissipated the gathering.

by Anonymousreply 39803/11/2019

Which Equinox, r398?

by Anonymousreply 39903/11/2019

I am a former Equinox and current New York Sports Club member. Equinox is clearly the superior facility on most fronts, but I was offered a corporate rate for a passport membership to NYSC through my job for 49.99$ a month, so I took it. Additionally, I live on Staten Island, where there is a NYSC but no Equinox. Granted, some NYSC facilities are shitholes. The one I mostly work out at, on Broadway and 48th in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, is pretty nice and quiet during off peak hour. As far as the sex goes.... let’s just say about 80% of my workouts end blowing a load in the sauna with one or more guys. In Staten Island, there’s also no shortage of Trump supporting guido douchbag tough guys playing with each other’s dicks in the showers. Also fun.

by Anonymousreply 40003/11/2019

R399, I don't want to provoke the steam room police. In general, west coast.

by Anonymousreply 40103/11/2019

R401 Northern or Southern CA?

by Anonymousreply 40203/11/2019

Southern

by Anonymousreply 40303/11/2019

Interesting, R403. There are only a few Southern CA gyms that could happen at. I'm assuming not OC but LA region?

by Anonymousreply 40403/11/2019

Any Century City guys here?

by Anonymousreply 40503/11/2019

I belong to both nysc and equinox. More steam room sex occurs at nysc but equinox has hotter guys. I think there is less hooking up at equinox because the straight guys who go there like to go in the steam rooms. The straight guys at nysc stay away because the steam rooms smell so bad.

by Anonymousreply 40603/11/2019

Hot version of Anthony Weiner tonight at Century City.

by Anonymousreply 40703/11/2019

Equinox maintains its facilities and equipment better than other gyms I’ve belonged to. Every gym - incl EQ - has minor issues, but Equinox has a higher budget for updating and replacing than most others.

by Anonymousreply 40803/12/2019

Brickell and Brickell Heights Miami Equinox gyms posted a warning sign next to the steam room last fall. It says anyone caught doing anything inappropriate will have their membership terminated and possibly arrested. Is this only a FL thing or have all locations done this?

by Anonymousreply 40903/12/2019

R409, they added it to the Century City steam room. Just below the "we clean the steam room at 3 pm" sign.

by Anonymousreply 41003/12/2019

Also at Miami Brickell Heights Equinox was a young, thin, Hispanic locker room attendant who would obviously stop and stare when guys undressed. I think people complained as he’s no longer there.

by Anonymousreply 41103/12/2019

Most all Equinoxes have those ZERO TOLERANCE signs after the Wall Street issue.

They have to at least pretend like they care.

by Anonymousreply 41203/12/2019

I've seen that sign in other Equinoxes as well. Signage comes from Corporate in NYC. The individual clubs closely follow Corporate's directives; they cannot post signage that is not from Corporate nor have anything that is off-brand even if it's helpful or a good idea. This makes for a fairly consistent member experience, but can be frustrating for staff.

by Anonymousreply 41303/12/2019

A lot of gyms put signs up warning against “inappropriate behavior” in the sauna. I’ve never seen it enforced. Most guys use at least some discretion, and the staff isn’t exactly enthusiastically looking to bust guys in the act. I’ve been having sauna sex for years and have never, nor seen anyone else, getting caught, arrested, etc...

by Anonymousreply 41403/12/2019

[quote]I’ve been having sauna sex for years

Have you considered seeing a professional?

by Anonymousreply 41503/12/2019

The sauna at my Equinox has clear glass. Anyone walking by can see everything. How do you do stuff in the sauna?

I love the steamroom because it can get so steamy that no one can see inside. Sometimes you can't see two feet in front of you. So much easier to mess around. Half the guys who enter the steamroom are looking to play.

by Anonymousreply 41603/12/2019

Typical look of an Equinox trainer.

Nice....

by Anonymousreply 41703/13/2019

Not that unusual TMPL, Crunch, maybe NYSC trainer

by Anonymousreply 41803/13/2019

This is more like the NYSC trainer

by Anonymousreply 41903/13/2019

R419 is hot!

by Anonymousreply 42003/13/2019

It's Aaron Guy, R420. A trainer in Los Angeles. Also, he is former porn actor Matt Cole. My point is that while Equinox trainers are nice people (I'm sure they are) and knowledgeable, David Barton/TMPL, Crunch, NYSC, trainers will get you to what you want!

by Anonymousreply 42103/13/2019

I know plenty of people - and I include myself in this - who have had great results with Equinox trainers, FWIW. I'm sure David Barton/TMPL, Crunch, and NYSC trainers get results, too.

by Anonymousreply 42203/13/2019

A bit off topic, but look at the difference in Aaron Guy's body then, (this was a few years back as he was starting to train for a BB competition) and the way he looks now at R419 and R421

by Anonymousreply 42303/13/2019

Another one.

Now, back to topic!

by Anonymousreply 42403/13/2019

There's no need for a trainer after a couple sessions unless you constantly need motivation to work out.

by Anonymousreply 42503/13/2019
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