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.
Fully Loaded is the perfect class for a Sunday, when you kind of want to stay in bed and then maybe go to brunch. First, there’s absolutely no jumping. Instead, students lunge and bend in various directions with vipers, pushing them up and around, to develop full body strength and mobility. Second, the stretch you feel after this class rivals that of any good yoga class. Even though the moves are painful and feel impossible at time, the way that your body moves at the end of class will keep you coming back.
Known as one of the hardest workouts in the city, Tone House has made a name for itself in the last few years. If you follow them on Instagram, you’ll have probably noticed that all of their students seem to be (literal) models. This might be because the studio provides an integrated approach to wellness, offering food and recovery programs in addition to their workouts. While the Summer Swap series attracted a slightly different crowd than their usual (it being free and all), the workout was still extremely challenging. While expensive, the studio makes the experience worth your while.