Is Equinox worth it?

Looking for a new gym? You've come to the right spot—the comprehensive guide to the Equinox. We compiled all of our expert knowledge on this page, just for you. We'll give you everything you need to know about this popular gym chain.

106
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
3.86
Average Google Rating

Looking for a new gym? You've come to the right spot—the comprehensive guide to the Equinox. We compiled all of our expert knowledge on this page, just for you. We'll give you everything you need to know about this popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at Equinox

Equinox is a upscale chain that describes itself  "where luxury and fitness meet." Some of the key themes we see at many of their locations include 

  • Unlimited, curated studio classes like Pilates, Barre and Anthem
  • Personal Training
  • The Spa - treatments and services

Clubs do include "standard" gym equipment, but placed in more luxurious settings. That might mean mood lighting, upgraded views of the city or simply larger, premier-feel workout areas. You can expect to see:

  • Free weights and benches
  • Cardio machines (stair-masters, treadmills, ellipticals)
  • Strength machines to isolate and target different muscles 
  • Kettle bells, yoga mats and stretching equipment"

Many Equinox locations also include amenities that we see with mid-tier gyms, but with an upgraded twist:

  • Kids Club (childcare/daycare)
  • Resort-style pools
  • Eucalyptus Steam room
  • Locker rentals with laundry service
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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17
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Swimming Pool
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33
Locations
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Basketball
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5
Locations
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Childcare
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40
Locations
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Steam Room
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87
Locations
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Tanning
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0
Locations
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Open 24-hours
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0
Locations
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Spa/Hot-Tub
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1
Locations
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Racquetball
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0
Locations
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Pickleball
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0
Locations
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Tennis
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0
Locations
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Squash
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0
Locations
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Retail
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0
Locations
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Wi-Fi
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0
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Women-only Workout
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0
Locations
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Smoothie/Shake Bar
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0
Locations
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Equipment
This equipment is available at some locations
Cardio Machines (treadmills and more)
Weight Training (free weights & machines)
Locker Room
Shower
Restroom
Cold Plunge
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0
Locations
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Cardio Cinema
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0
Locations
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Towel Service
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0
Locations
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Massage Chairs
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69
Locations
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Olympic Lifting
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1
Locations
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Functional Turf
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3
Locations
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Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any Equinox location.

Sauna
Pool
Childcare / Daycare
Basketball
Steam
Open 24-hours-a-day
Pickleball
Tanning
Spa/Whirlpool/Hot-Tub
Massage Chairs
Racquetball
Cardio Cinema
Functional Turf
Towel Service
Olympic lifting
Tennis
Squash
Retail Area
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Wi-Fi
Women Only
Workout Area
Cold Plunge
Smoothie/Shake Bar
Fast Facts

Equinox Fitness is a luxury fitness company that was founded in 1991. It was established in New York City, United States.

The current CEO of Equinox Fitness is Harvey Spevak.

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What time does Equinox open & close?

No Equinox locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 0 of their clubs are open 24/7!

While the exact times will differ for every location, the most common opening hours we've seen from Equinox are: 

  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Equinox by the numbers

106

Total Locations

The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.

3.86

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$237.83

Average Monthly Membership Cost

How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month

20

Total Cities

Find a Equinox in this many cities.

What we love about Equinox

Equinox clubs have an aura and attitude that you won't experience at other mainstream gym chains. With a focus on upscale, luxurious services, their amenities reflect that perfectly.

  • We love the exclusive, upscale nature of the entire gym experience. Their attention to detail in architecture and interior design is unmatched.

  • Many of saunas at Equinox feature eucalyptus scents and oils—intensifying and uplifting the experience.

  • The heavy focus on studio offerings, with classes like MetCon3 (metabolic conditioning), Cycle Beats, Pilates Mat and Power Vinyasa.

What we wish Equinox would improve

Pretty sure that Equinox checks most of the needs for their members, but there are still a few things we'd like to see.

  • Their prices were more competitive aka lower! Look, we understand that the amount of amenities and services they offer are head and shoulders above other gym chains—but nothing wrong with wanting to save a few bucks, right?

  • There was an emphasis to include traditionally country-club sports, like tennis, racquetball and pickleball. Currently, none of their locations feature them.

  • Women's workout areas were available. Of all fitness chains out there, Equinox would be our guess to have this exclusive perk.

How much is Equinox?

Monthly membership costs to Equinox vary by location, just like every other fitness chain out there. Pricing as of December 2023 include:

  • $200/month - Miami, South Beach
  • $210/month - Chicago Gold Coast
  • $220/month - San Ramon, California
  • $225/month - Dallas Highland Park
  • $237/month - New York City High Line
  • $270/month - Hollywood
  • $285/month - San Francisco Union Street

Some locations such as Hollywood offer up access to additional, regional locations for a few more dollars at $287. 

Every location we looked at has an all USA/Canada option for $310.  Every location we researched has a worldwide option for $345. Every location at Equinox offers the worldwide option + NYC Hudson yards for $405.

There currently is a $0 initiation deal for all membership types—likely part of their Black Friday/Holiday/New Year pricing. We haven't seen that before (though it may actually be common, we're just unsure). That cost is commonly $300 for you to get started with Equinox.

Oddly enough, no mention of an annual or yearly fee. That's both on their site and scouring through Reddit threads.

  • Surprisingly, it might be $0. We looked long and hard, and haven't spotted one yet.
  • $300 initiation fee for the Berkeley, California club as of December 2023. With the current promo, it comes down to $0.
    There has been chatter from Reddit members that they've seen initiation fees at one point $1000 or more.
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Who does Equinox cater to?

We all have different bodies, different goals and different fitness journeys. Some gyms may fit a person better than others. So who would enjoy this gym most?

  • You want a premium experience, and money takes a back seat. Your taste for luxury extends to the gym, where high-end facilities combine with individualized personal training and upscale group fitness options. Spa-like locker rooms, and actually—a real spa—are frequent visits in your daily life. If you enjoy the luxurious, lifestyle of a high-end fitness experience, Equinox will cater to you best. 

Frequently asked questions about Equinox

Top amenities offered at Equinox

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

17 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 33 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at Equinox.

Practice your shot at 5 courts

Courts with regulation rims and beautiful hardwood. Just 8% of gyms nationwide have a court.

40 different locations with childcare

What a rare treat. Less than 9% of gyms in the country have childcare/daycare!

0 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 3 gyms

Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.

1 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about Equinox

Final thoughts — Is Equinox worth it?

Gym Pricing Tiers Explained

There are 3-4 main pricing tiers that nearly all gyms across the country fall into. Generally, higher prices = more amenities and services.

$10 - $25 /month — Value

  • Standard/basic equipment
  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals
  • Various free-weights, strength machines

$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price

  • All the above, plus a few have saunas or pools
  • Massage and/or Tanning options
  • Expect newer style amenities like Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf and cardio cinema.

$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier

  • All the above, placed in larger facilities and spaces. Pools, saunas and steam are a must.
  • Basketball courts and childcare were the main amenities.
  • These are your "older" more aged "big-box" gyms, often with hundreds of locations spanning the country

$65 and up  — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury

  • Highest end cardio equipment with advanced, expensive machines
  • Specialty group training and fitness classes
  • Luxury or boutique locker rooms, workspaces and lounges

"Is this gym worth it?"

Use our guides to help inform and educate what a gym can offer your fitness lifestyle. Only you can truly decide if a gym is worth it!

Equinox gyms come with this aura and exclusivity that many crave. Away from the hustle-bustle of extra busy national gym chains, Equinox wanted big, bright, airy locations where literally "fitness meets luxury." 

Interior design and architecture buffs will appreciate the small touches and materials used to build their clubs. That's pristine wood benches, stone-facades, exquisite tiled structures and marble capped bathrooms or workspaces.

Your gym experience includes relaxing in eucalyptus-infused steam rooms or switching to an intense trainer driven barre or pilates class. They also can watch your kids at about half of their locations, or get a massage in their in-house spa. As with all gyms, standard gym equipment like cardio and strength equipment are there for your use—but may be placed in a high floor with an exquisite view. Or, a group exercise studio infused with dramatic mood lighting. These things matter—but do come with a price. 

While most gym memberships we see are between $10 and $70, Equinox will run your $200 to $300. With over 30 years of success in growing their fitness brand, we can surely tell you that many feel their membership is worth every dime.

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