As the obsession with fitness reaches new heights, its most luxurious and high-performance fitness club chain, Equinox, celebrates a major milestone: 25 years in the game. And 2016 marks its fastest-growing year, with 10 new clubs expected to open by year’s end in iconic locations ranging from Vancouver to Hollywood. While that success is certainly astounding, it’s rooted firmly in the very same ideals that have led to the individual success stories of its members. Grounded in substantive principles of movement, nutrition and regeneration—yet elevated by well-curated style—the fitness club has become internationally recognized for its combination of luxury, fitness and wellness. From state-of-the-art equipment and master trainers to high-end amenities and engaging lifestyle content, here are 25 reasons Equinox stands out from the pack and will continue to do so. And here's how you can sign up today.
25 awesome things to know about Equinox
The gym has built up an impressive community of hundreds of thousands of members and 15,000 employees globally over the past 25 years, making you really feel like part of an international fitness and health movement, no matter where you’re working out.
It’s fashion-forward. From Spiritual Gangster to Monrow, Equinox frequently collaborates with the top designers and labels in sportswear and athleisure to make sure its members are dressed to impress (and kick ass), while being able to transition seamlessly from life inside to life outside of the club. In true Equinox fashion, the brand will commemorate its quartercentury with the debut of a 25th Capsule Collection, featuring 10 pieces of men’s apparel, women’s apparel, bags and accessories, available exclusively at The Shop @ Equinox locations.
Beyond the gym, they’ve got killer content. Furthermore.equinox.com keeps members in tune with the high-performance mentality 24/7. The site’s got everything from handy workout tips to healthy recipes and even wellness-minded travel inspiration.
Speaking of cycling class, Equinox’s unique indoor-studio cycling class, THE PURSUIT BY EQUINOX, is an immersive studio cycling experience that uses state-of-the-art in-studio “gaming” and data visualization to drive friendly competition and inspire peak levels of performance. Every bike features connected cycling technology, meaning that every mile, calorie, watt and personal record can be tracked and stored for reference. It’s a data-driven approach to self-improvement.
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A real third space. For successful career-oriented individuals, fitness can feel like a chore that gets crammed in between the hours of work and home. Equinox turns that notion on its head, offering a true social atmosphere to relax. Many locations have pools, rooftops, steam rooms and other luxe ways for you to de-stress before and after you work out.
All of Equinox’s nutrition and wellness programs are backed by science. The company has an in-house Health Advisory Board made up of leading health professionals to inform fitness and nutrition programming.
There is a personal training program built just for you. Training at Equinox is offered in various Tiers and for different schedules—so there's a starting point that's right for you. And the trainers are among the most professional and educated in the country, each completing 150 hours of education at the Eqinox Fitness Training Institute and additional education as they move through the Tiers. Plus we know their methods work. UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine has conducted a study that shows that just three sessions a week with an Equinox trainer for 12 weeks resulted in increased muscle strength and aerobic performance and reduced body mass.
It’s friendly! Now we don’t want to oversimplify this, but people who are intimidated by such an upmarket fitness experience need not be worried. From the warm staff to the members to a slew of social events—think run clubs, networking events and rooftop yoga, sometimes with a plus-one option—Equinox truly thrives as a community.
Wi-Fi. It’s 2016 and still much too difficult to find Wi-Fi in the city. That’s not a problem at Equinox, where you can catch up on work and stay connected.
Equinox Sports Club goes above and beyond the standard locations, offering an immersive multichannel environment that includes superior fitness equipment, custom work spaces, additional amenities and health-forward cuisine. Go beyond traditional fitness at these high-performance communities by taking advantage of state-of-the-art basketball courts, rock-climbing walls, indoor swimming pools and year-round programming (like social clubs) that really make the Equinox Sport Club stand out from the pack.
Behind the results that Equinox delivers is a team of instructors, group fitness teachers and personal trainers who are masters of their discipline. Their relationship-oriented approach makes it easier for them to understand your specific needs and apply their expertise toward your goals.
Equinox loves new members. On the fence about joining? Here are some incentives: All Equinox newbies receive a complimentary Equifit assessment, personal training session and studio Pilates session. What are you waiting for?