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.
I am one of those people who has always been a little scared of Pilates. My first time taking it was at YogaWorks, around five years ago, when I had been practicing yoga around 4-5 times a week. As I quickly learned, Pilates was a whole other workout. I barely made it through the class and vowed to never return. When I first joined Equinox, the result of my first Pilates class was similar. Despite a year of consistent boot camp attendance, my core was too weak to do very much. So this time around, when I decided to give it one last try, I definitely felt some anxiety. Fortunately, as a testament to Equinox, I have become substantially strong enough after over a year of attending classes 5-6 times per week. Pilates Power was not only doable, but even…fun?
Across cities in the United States, January has become synonymous with fitness. Whether it’s beginning a new workout regime or starting a diet, people love to create a new start on the first day of a new year. Appropriately, Equinox releases a new signature class in January every year. In 2018, this class is called The Muse, a fusion between barre and cardio that will definitely make you break a sweat.
Wednesday is usually my rest day, and often the only one I’ll take all week. But with Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow and some poor eating decisions since my wedding, I decided to set the alarm for 5:30 am and brave the rain to get to Equinox East 53rd St. for TRX Max. After an hour (20 minutes of which was spent with some extra caffeine), I didn’t regret it. TRX Max is a heart-pounding, sweat-inducing workout that will get you deceptively sore after only approximately 24 minutes of work.
There are only three things that can get me to miss my Tuesday morning Playground Experience — being out of the state; having an early morning meeting; or, my least favorite of all, missing the first hour of the booking period and being stuck at the bottom of the waitlist. When I remember to sign up at 8 am on Monday morning, I ended up at #11. For a 24 person class, this is not where you want to be. Knowing that I likely wouldn’t get into the class, I decided to try another workout around the same time — which is how I came across the new Ultimate Workout class at Equinox E. 53rd St.