Is Equinox Gym Membership Worth the Price?

Building has a gym available for free.. Its not as equipped as an Equinox is, but its nice to save $200 a month.

Any current members here? (NYC, specifically at the Wall Street gym)

Equinox NYC Prices

There a number of Equinox gyms in New York, all of which have somewhat different facilities and pricing structures. Below are screen shots from Equinox's website for the Bryant Park and Wall Street locations.

Bryant Park Location

Wall Street Location

is equinox worth it?

Our users reviewed their perspective on the gym membership below. Many users comment that the price of Equinox is not usually worth it relative to more inexpensive gyms in the area especially for younger professionals.

mbavsmfin:
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.

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

User @anti Quixotic", a real estate analyst, detailed an opposing opinion:

anti Quixotic - Real Estate Analyst:
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.

junkbondswap - Private Equity Partner:
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).

Separately, @chicandtoughness" shared their thoughts on the corporate gym:

chicandtoughness:
Personally, I hate company gyms. Running next to your boss (in a sports bra and tiny shorts) = awkward. So I usually go for the cheap medium-range options. The Y, Anytime Fitness, etc. If you're working in the city where your school is, definitely get an alumni membership at your college gym.

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Comments (72)

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:16pm
chicandtoughness, what's your opinion? Comment below:

MBA_Junkie:
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Jul 15, 2014 - 2:10pm
mbavsmfin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think it's a ripoff 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. Supposedly, the ones in tribeca, soho, and columbus circle, are teeming with hot chicks.

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:45pm
Skinnayyy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think the 105 dollars a month I pay for the Y for my fiance and I is more than enough.

What all does Equinox even offer to command such a premium? I know at the Y I get a pool and a bunch of classes like kickboxing and stuff all included.

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Jul 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
chicandtoughness, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Skinnayyy:

I think the 105 dollars a month I pay for the Y for my fiance and I is more than enough.


Agreed with this. Down here in Texas it's actually something like $50/mo for a couple. I head over there 3-4x a week to use the gym equipment, swim some laps, or take group exercise classes. At some point you get diminishing returns in terms of equipment and classes. Like no, don't go totally cheapo and pay $10/mo for some shady neighborhood gym with outdated equipment, but there's no need to drop huge amounts of money for things like Equinox and Gold's.

Personally, I hate company gyms. Running next to your boss (in a sports bra and tiny shorts) = awkward. So I usually go for the cheap medium-range options. The Y, Anytime Fitness, etc. If you're working in the city where your school is, definitely get an alumni membership at your college gym :D

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Jul 15, 2014 - 2:55pm
ArcherVice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How often do you actually use it? I work-out 3-4 times per week, but as nice of a concept as working out is, for most wall street guys I don't know how you find the time.

Jul 15, 2014 - 3:19pm
Anti Quixotic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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. I have access to all clubs, but have only used the Columbus Circle and the E 74th St one, so I can't speak for the Wall Street one, but I heard it's equally nice.

I should add that my corporate discount has me only paying $52 a month, so I'd be foolish not to take advantage of it. If it wasn't for the discount, I would definitely go elsewhere, as most of the features can be found at other gyms at a lower price.

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:33pm
Gray Fox, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Anti Quixotic:

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. I have access to all clubs, but have only used the Columbus Circle and the E 74th St one, so I can't speak for the Wall Street one, but I heard it's equally nice.

I should add that my corporate discount has me only paying $52 a month, so I'd be foolish not to take advantage of it. If it wasn't for the discount, I would definitely go elsewhere, as most of the features can be found at other gyms at a lower price.

Talent at the E 74th street one is legit.

Jul 15, 2014 - 3:29pm
Licked, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I just workout at home / ride my bike in the streets. A weight set doesn't cost too much and after you get a bike cardio is way more fun then a treadmill. I will say it might help to meet people. But I've made more connections waiting in like at Starbucks then any other place.

Jul 15, 2014 - 3:31pm
junkbondswap, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think the only reason to pay $200/mo for Equinox is to enjoy the talent that walks around the place. 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). Do you even lift?

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Sep 30, 2015 - 6:24pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Jul 15, 2014 - 4:42pm
nyhoya67, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm a member, not at the Wall Street location though..

I have a corp discount, so I only pay $120 a month.. Still a lot bucks, but it's in my building so it forces me to go frequently and I like to think I get my money's worth..

In terms of weights and treadmills, the equipment isn't anything extraordinary, but the place is always spotless.. they offer a ton of free classes too (spinning, Pilates, yoga, etc.) at plenty of different times, so if you take advantage of all of that, maybe the $120 could be a bargain..

another positive that helps take away the sting of the premium you pay is the locker rooms.. they are definitely 1000X better than any budget gym I've ever been too.. I've seen some terrifying stuff in NYSC's around Manhattan.. so bad that the thought of "not showering" aka "scumbagging it" has actually crossed my mind before.. Fortunately for all of my current and previous co-workers, I sweat so bad during a work out that not showering has never been a realistic option..

another point I'll mention, but doesn't really mean a lot to me, is that Equinox prides itself on providing members with Kiehl's shampoo, face & bodywash.. I'm definitely not a big brand guy, but they really push the stuff on you, and I don't mind it.. when I signed up, I got a gym bag that was literally packed with samples.. I've had colleagues actually compliment how good I smell after a lunch workout thanks to good old Kiehl's! It really is good stuff..

Lastly, because I have seen so many others post on it, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the talent.. my gym is crawling with a ton of hot snatch.. it really is ridiculous.. some guys don't like working out in a gym packed with gorgeous women, and if you're that type, equinox is definitely not for you.. I personally don't mind staring hot blondes in lululemon's while warming up on the elliptical..

Jul 15, 2014 - 5:38pm
CuriousAnalyst, what's your opinion? Comment below:

for those of you saying Equinox has very attractive women there... are you talking to any of them?

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Aug 21, 2014 - 11:07pm
LHDan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

CuriousAnalyst:

for those of you saying Equinox has very attractive women there... are you talking to any of them?


Nope. But like 99.9% of men I will carry on talking about smoke shows as if the only thing holding me back from hooking up with them is the fact that I'm committed to my average-looking GF.
Jul 15, 2014 - 6:16pm
JrMistMaker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I only pay $130/month through a work discount... The steam room is nice, so are the classes but I am gonna get rid of it next month when they close the pool (54th street) because that was the only thing keeping me there... Going back to rock climbing/body weight stuff and running.

And yes a lot of the girls are nice to look at but im borderline engaged so meh.

Jul 15, 2014 - 8:26pm
Dingdong08, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I used to belong to one in Miami and when I traveled I'd use them in different cities, especially NYC. They're nice but not worth the price. Same equipment as any somewhat decent gym. Like @"nyhoya67" said, the locker rooms are nice and incredibly clean. And like everyone has said, the talent is awesome. The one in SoBe Miami is 100% ridiculous. My wife said that the women would all walk around naked in the locker room showing off their bodies and new surgical enhancements and would feel each other's new wheels. Oh to have just gotten into those women's locker rooms once...

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:44pm
ArcherVice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Makes me want to move to Miami.

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:39pm
EUGTR, what's your opinion? Comment below:

$200 a month for a gym? Do the girls at the front desk suck your dick before every workout?

Gym I go to is $15 a month for students, was built a few years ago so it's new and all the equipment is new, has a good amount of squat racks and benches, plus the dumbbells go past 80lbs.

Jul 16, 2014 - 8:46am
Whgm45, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've gone to Equinox for about a year now, is it worth it? I go back and forth on this, for a few reasons:

Pros
-The gym is always spotless, locker room is nice and the machines are great
-A lot of great looking women exercising, not a bad view
-Friendly staff, good atmosphere

Cons
-My location (44th & Lex) isn't open on Sundays
-I'm in the office by 7:30 and leave around 6 so I miss most classes

It really depends how much of a premium you put on fitness. If you're going 4 times a week and making enough money to afford it then it's worth it. If you don't go at least 3-4 times a week and don't care about enjoying the scenery while you work out, ehh.

Jul 16, 2014 - 8:50am
twinwings, what's your opinion? Comment below:

for that much money you can probably afford to go to martial art classes (BJJ, kickboxing, wrestling) or do crossfit.

$200 to spend on monthly self workouts......definitely not worth it. Heck, hire a nutritionist or personal trainer, they will probably be of better use to you

Lastly, if you need to ask this question (whether $200 is really too much) - then it probably is too much for you so I would not recommend it.

I am paying $45 right now and I feel that is pushing it.....

Jul 16, 2014 - 8:59pm
International Pymp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lol, $200 a month will not seem expensive soon... but revel in the juniorness of yourselves and join a cheaper place... it'll make it seem better once you can afford it. And then you'll join a club that's $400/month, and then you'll join a country club thats $100k + 10k per year.... its stages.

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Jul 16, 2014 - 9:10pm
veljones69, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If your gym has dumbbells and a barbell with the weights, invest in a workout that is heavy in curls, presses, squats and deadlifts. Easy. Not worth $200 unless your getting free massages with happy endings in my book.

Jul 16, 2014 - 9:36pm
Goldy27, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I go to the Columbus Circle and I have been to 50th and Broadway as well. I unfortunately pay the $195/mo. When my time is up I'll probably look to switch because I really just want a gym with barbells and a rack, and bumper plates (not the hexagon plates).

I did shop around and I choose Equinox because they do have a few squat racks and both gyms I have been to also have bumper plates and extra barbells to use outside the rack. I also like to hit up some of the classes; some of which are offered pretty late; lots around 8-815. It's also nice motivation to just go for a sweat and a steam if you're not feeling up to a full work out. There is some nice scenery but not enough to justify membership and I see them mostly in classes.

On the con; I really only use the basic stuff and I really prefer to shower at home unless I am using the steam room.

That said, surprising few gyms have good barbells and racks. Equinox does have good hours and if you stay in 2-4 nights a month because of your membership you probably coming out even.

Jul 16, 2014 - 11:56pm
Winning Since 1776, what's your opinion? Comment below:

$200/month? Hopefully you're going to be training like Arnold...

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Jul 17, 2014 - 3:25pm
BanditPandit, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Exactly - if the average person has to go to a gym and pay $200 / month to get in shape then something's wrong with you.

Jul 17, 2014 - 6:39pm
Winning Since 1776, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Agreed. It's similar to making the new year's resolution "I'm going to the gym and working out this year." Just make it a habit and you will see results.

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Jul 17, 2014 - 5:03am
Red Power Ranger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The question isn't if Equinox is worth the $200 vs the workplace gym. The question is if the shit that Equinox provides actually justifies you forking over $2400 a year for a gym membership. What kind of workouts do you do? Do you need a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, flat screen TV's in every corner, and does "ambiance" matter to you?

If you answered yes, then go ahead and sign up for Equinox. But if you're trying to be a real fucking man and do some real fucking work in a real fucking gym, pay the 20-40 bucks a month at Gold's (or anywhere with a bench, squat rack, treadmill and maybe a pullup bar), learn the big 3 lifts (4 if you count PC), get on a linear progression program like rippetoe's SS, stick with it for at least 6 months, get fucking happy when you start seeing actual results, and use the $1920 - 2160 bucks a year you save by not joining Equinox for better things.

That's just me though.

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:58pm
Scott Irish, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I owe you a SB. Gonna try the Rippetoe program, I've seen great feedback all around

Jul 17, 2014 - 2:03pm
Bay Street Fool, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I did SS for a few months. Good strength gains but that's the goal of the program. The basic program focuses more on squats and I, and some others who did it, notice that it adds mass to thighs. If you want to split strength gains and build some muscle, all pro's routine has also yielded good results.

Anyway, back on topic, I pay 280/year.

Paying more is only justified for me if it results are better, and faster at Equinox.

Aug 22, 2014 - 3:07pm
hardlyworking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Red Power Ranger:

The question isn't if Equinox is worth the $200 vs the workplace gym. The question is if the shit that Equinox provides actually justifies you forking over $2400 a year for a gym membership. What kind of workouts do you do? Do you need a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, flat screen TV's in every corner, and does "ambiance" matter to you?

If you answered yes, then go ahead and sign up for Equinox. But if you're trying to be a real fucking man and do some real fucking work in a real fucking gym, pay the 20-40 bucks a month at Gold's (or anywhere with a bench, squat rack, treadmill and maybe a pullup bar), learn the big 3 lifts (4 if you count PC), get on a linear progression program like rippetoe's SS, stick with it for at least 6 months, get fucking happy when you start seeing actual results, and use the $1920 - 2160 bucks a year you save by not joining Equinox for better things.

That's just me though.

I lift, but what is the PC lift?

Aug 22, 2014 - 3:36pm
adapt or die, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hardlyworking:

Red Power Ranger:

The question isn't if Equinox is worth the $200 vs the workplace gym. The question is if the shit that Equinox provides actually justifies you forking over $2400 a year for a gym membership. What kind of workouts do you do? Do you need a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, flat screen TV's in every corner, and does "ambiance" matter to you?

If you answered yes, then go ahead and sign up for Equinox. But if you're trying to be a real fucking man and do some real fucking work in a real fucking gym, pay the 20-40 bucks a month at Gold's (or anywhere with a bench, squat rack, treadmill and maybe a pullup bar), learn the big 3 lifts (4 if you count PC), get on a linear progression program like rippetoe's SS, stick with it for at least 6 months, get fucking happy when you start seeing actual results, and use the $1920 - 2160 bucks a year you save by not joining Equinox for better things.

That's just me though.

I lift, but what is the PC lift?

Power cleans, which are def not a big 3 lift. They fall under olympic lifts.

Jul 17, 2014 - 8:54am
mr_gondola, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Look up Blink gyms. They are run by Equinox, so have similar equipment / cleanliness, but no classes. All access runs around $20/$30 a month with zero or very small initiation.

If you like gyms to actually work out in and don't need spin classes, it looks like one of the best deals around. The one I visited had squat racks, benches, full plates/dumbbells and enough cardio stuff to fit demand. No bumper plates, but then the only place I've seen those is West Village Equinox and Crossfit boxes.

Unfortunately they are pretty sparse in midtown/the park below Harlem. There's one at Bryant Park and the next one is in Chelsea.

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:58am
TheKing, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you have a gym in your building, you are nuts to join Equinox. There are plenty of cheaper gyms in the city that fit the bill just fine for what any normal person needs. 24 Hour Fitness is a good choice as well (and it's always open).

200 bucks a month to more or less brag to people that you go to Equinox. It's ridiculous.

Jul 17, 2014 - 2:50pm
TheKing, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The gym might be the worst place on Earth to pick someone up. Honestly, no one wants to be picked up at the gym. It's just not how it works.

Jul 17, 2014 - 2:05pm
abacab, what's your opinion? Comment below:

EOD it comes down to convenience too. Even though there might be a $20 gym, if I am in banking I am not going to haul myself for 25 minutes each way to get there vs go to an Equinox within 3 blocks even if it is $150.

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Jul 17, 2014 - 3:46pm
Dingdong08, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The thing with a gym like Equinox, regardless if $200 is a lot of money to you or if it's a rounding error, is that it's only worth it if you're using the services they provide. I used to belong to an Equinox in Miami but all I do at the gym is lift and use basic cardio machines so it wasn't worth it for me but it was conveniently located to work and home. If you're going to take advantage of the classes, the pilates studio (not just classes but all of these weird looking medieval torture devices), spinning, pool and everything else they had it's worth it. They also had top notch trainers if you use them but I actually worked out with two of them as training partners. My favorite gym ever was a Gold's that was chock full of weights, good machines and treadmills and bikes. Nothing fancy at all just a hardcore gym.

And like others have said, the eye candy's good but the gym is probably the worst place to pick up women. Personally I like it when I stick myself on a treadmill for half an hour and get something to look at other than the 10 predetermined tv stations they have on at every gym.

Jul 18, 2014 - 9:34am
GanciniBelt, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Equinox is worth it, LOL @ people comparing it to Planet Fitness. Equinox has plenty of powerlifting equipment and power racks suited for those who want to deadlift, squat, bench. Dumbbells go up to 130 lbs, if not more.

Its a great gym that has everything you need and its not filled with people who don't lift....someone just getting into fitness isn't likely to sign up for Equinox.
A lot of the people there are competitive athletes and bodybuilders.

Jul 20, 2014 - 12:08am
sg.andersen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I haven't been to that location, but most Equinox facilities are cleaner and less crowded than other franchises. If you MAKE time for it, it is worth the money. If you don't, it isn't. The best gym is the one that you actually use. That might be determined by location, hours, or other motivating factors.

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:12pm
Merzzy727, what's your opinion? Comment below:

yes it's worth it. the wall street location is one of the nicer ones in my opinion, but all of the facilities are nice and filled with goodlooking people. i will say as a 23 year old female there area lack of non-gay guys in the gyms. anyway, i especially love the group classes, it's like having a personal trainer but in a group setting where there's too much peer pressure to leave a class early or half-ass it like a fat slob. if you can get a corporate discount it's around $190/month to use any club.

Feb 22, 2015 - 3:32pm
companion, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Forget about gyms. It's all about your arteries. If they're not clogged and are flexible, then you're golden. If they are clogged, then no matter how many days a week you train, you are fucked.

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