I became a member of Equinox Printing House in April when I no longer had my Classpass unlimited membership. I’ve been really happy with my new gym membership and Printing House is a convenient location for me during the work week. Starting on July 31st, the main group fitness room went down for renovations and improvements, allowing members with ‘Select’ memberships to gain access to all Equinox clubs with the exception of their Sports Clubs, Equinox Century City, and Equinox Kensington.
While I was bummed that I won’t be able to attend group fitness classes right after work (it’s just a few blocks from the office) for the next few months, I was excited at the opportunity to be able to check out all the other Equinox locations on my current membership in the interim. Each location in a sense has it’s own personality — the decor, class preferences, and amenities differ at each location. The first locations I decided to venture into are two that are close to home, Equinox SoHo and Equinox Bond Street.
Equinox SoHo is in the heart of SoHo on Prince between Broadway and Crosby. When you first enter the gym you’re greeted by Equinox’s retail and Juice Generation. Take the stairs up a flight where there are couches and tables to relax or get some work done. Another flight of stairs up takes you to the main floor that consists of check in, more lounge spaces, women’s locker room, strength training, stretch spaces, cardio, and the main fitness studio. Another floor up you’ll find the men’s locker room and yoga studio.
I remember when Ray & I visited years ago and the gym was so packed it was hard to get a work out in — when I visited, it wasn’t too busy but it was also a weekend morning. I suspect that this gym still remains to be one of the busiest as all their group fitness classes require booking in advance.
I was able to snag a spot for Pilates at 11am in the yoga studio. Prior to class there were staff cleaning up and prepping from the class prior. This studio is larger compared to the yoga studio at Printing House. The women’s locker room is also larger than the one at Printing House, which I can imagine is great during peak times as this location gets more traffic. SoHo also had digital locks, whereas you’d have to bring your own lock at Printing House.
After pilates I took the 5 minute walk to Equinox Bond Street for a meditation session. This Equinox location is new, having just opened a few months prior, and the interior is beautiful. The building itself has nice bones, but Equinox’s attention to detail tops it off.
When you first enter the building you’ll see a waiting space and the receptionist. Behind the receptionist, in the middle of the space, is the main staircase that takes you to the different floors of the gym (there are 4 floors, including the basement). Behind the staircase and on that first floor is Juice Press. The pilates studio and men’s and women’s locker room are in the “basement,” one floor below the receptionist. The women’s locker room is beautiful. It’s so strange to actually like a locker room but this was felt and looked luxurious. The lockers were black wood, much different to the oak at SoHo and Printing house. There was a long row of marble vanity countertops and chairs to get ready at. A brick archway was also present in the locker room. The showers were also different from SoHo and Printing House with black marble and trunk stools.
The first floor of gym space (technically the 2nd floor) had cardio, strength training, stretch space, and personal training. The second floor of gym space has more cardio, strength training, stretch space, as well as the main fitness studio and yoga studio. Bond Street’s yoga studio hosts heated yoga & pilates classes — an offering not available at SoHo or Printing House.
Bond Street seems to also be a busy gym as most their classes require advanced booking. It seems as though SoHo and Bond Street are similar in size, it’s just SoHo spans across one floor while Bond Street is broken into two floors. Bond Street also has two large stretch spaces, where as SoHo and Printing House have nearly a strip of space dedicated for this.
SoHo is more convenient to me in terms of location but Bond Street’s aesthetic is beyond SoHo. SoHo also offers more lounges whereas Bond Street had lounge spaces by reception and the membership advisor offices. Both SoHo and Bond Street locations were beautiful and I was lucky that it wasn’t busy when I had visited. I have a few classes planned this week at other locations & I can’t wait to see what each location offers.