One of Equinox’s best offerings is the All Access membership, which allows members to go to any location (except for Equinox Sports Clubs and other premium locations) for $240/month in New York City. While this might not sound like a bargain to gym-goers, it is if you’re a boutique fitness junkie. Even monthly arrangements at studios like Fhitting Room or Tone House can cost upwards of $400 per month, and they often only offer one type of workout. For fitness generalists like me, who like to do a combination of yoga, barre, and circuit training but with consistency, Equinox is a great deal. Through All Access, I’ve had the opportunity to visit locations all over Manhattan. And I have to say – Equinox Soho is one of the best ones.
Equinox Soho – the space
Equinox Soho is located on the corner of Prince and Broadway, essentially right next to the Prince Street subway station. It’s impossible to miss, with an Equinox flag flying out of the window.
Unlike many other locations around the city, Equinox Soho’s workout area and locker rooms are contained to two floors (as opposed to being spread out over 4-5). I arrived at around 7:20, what I would think would be a peak morning hour. While the floor was crowded, there was space to move and seemed to be mostly trainers with their students.
The locker rooms at Equinox Soho are the best I’ve seen at any location (at least the women’s ones – can’t speak for the men’s). There are ten showers, and I’ve never seen a line for them. The changing areas are also incredibly well-done. The spaces between the lockers are much wider than in many other locations, allowing for larger benches and fewer clashes and crashes (common during rush hour). The lockers also come with locks.
Equinox Soho boasts not one, but two separate lounge areas. The lower one occupies around half a floor. If you have a good pair of noise cancelling headphones (for the noise from the juice place on the ground floor), it’s a great place to sit and do work (or just write a blog post!).
The other area is smaller, but is a good place to sit if you just need to use a computer really quickly. You never know!
Equinox Soho boasts a strong class schedule, with at least one class an hour during the morning and evening rushes and a selection in the afternoons as well. Although classes book up quickly, it seems to be that if you get a place on the waitlist far enough in advance, you’ll get a spot. While this location doesn’t offer hot classes (yoga or Pilates), they do have a substantial number of spinning classes, as well as some less common classes such as Deep Extreme and Serena Tom’s Athletic Yoga class.
in the area
- If you know New York City at all, I don’t need to tell you how much shopping there is in the area. What I will highlight is that there’s an Adidas, Under Armour, and Nike, all within a three block radius – if you happened to forget any of your gear.
- There are also a lot of options for coffee. But I have to highlight MatchaBar, a small stand across the street on Prince. It’s a bit pricey, but they make an amazing rose matcha latte, as well as other herb-flavored matcha drinks and even coffee!
- Equinox Soho boasts a Juice Generation, which is not my favorite of New York City’s juice chains. However, Equinox Bond Street a few blocks over has a Juice Press, which is my personal favorite.
- If you’re in the mood for coffee but don’t want to stop by MatchaBar, Gregory’s is only a few blocks away (closer to the Bond Street location, actually). While I love the coffee at all Gregory’s location, this branch is special, boasting coffee cocktails and merchandise.
- Book classes far in advance – ideally at the beginning of the booking window (26 hours in advance). They fill up quickly.
- Some standout classes include:
- Or Artzi’s rendition of The Muse, which is offered in 30- or 45-minute increments. It’s a combination of barre and cardio and will leave you in a sweat, even though there’s barely any jumping involved.
- Serena Tom’s Athletic Yoga class. Although Equinox Soho’s class isn’t heated to 95 degrees, this one, a combination of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, core conditioning, and HIIT is still sure to be a doozy.
- Gerren Liles teaches Whipped here, which I would highly recommend. Gerren’s a great teacher and the master of compound movements. In 45 minutes, Whipped will leave you sore and sweaty, in the best possible way.