Gyms: CRUNCH, Golds, 24 Super Sport, Equinox

  • MarcBodybuild...

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    Feb 17, 2012 9:00 PM GMT

    Crunch : I like it seems they have a great space area on their weight floor, not bad by adding a boxing punching bag on the corner, big rubber hammer and tire to do your 300 spartan workout, and over all clean and friendly staff.

    upper floor decent spread out cardio bikes, making the main floor a weight area, but no Sauna, Steam Room, .... its all good but the 2 would do nicely .

    guess the only thing they do have that 24 and golds dont have is the boxing bag area, and the the equipment where u could hit the big tire with the rubber hammer.



    24 super sport : love this gym, cause i can always hit my workout hard 24/7. Down side needs more bench press and lat pull down machine, too much cardio equipments, but it does make up for free towel service, sauna, steam room, some having indoor swimming pool.


    Gold's gym : depends which u go to, pretty decent, caters to hardcore serious bodybuilders, few have sauna's and steam rooms, but they could use some update with newer equipments.


    Equinox : Tried it , liked it ! But very pricey !!!.... haha wow, once my contract is done with 24 i might give this one a one year try
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    Feb 17, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    LA fitness seems to be drawn to the cardio on the mezzaine (second floor) like bugs to a bug-zapper. I dumped them with extreme prejudice and have been with 24hr fit in California and now Washington state.

    The drawback to the LAFit cardio formula is hot air rises. Half of the year in San Diego, the air was warm and stagnant up there. Second, stupid people design their buildings and they mount PA/background music speakers a couple of feet above your head while you're on the treadmills.

    Crap music and they're always paging people. Constant stress.

    A friend of mine lives too close to a Seattle-area LA Fit to go anywhere else (for now). He regrets not going to sign up at 5:30PM, at peak times. He would have run away.

    Golds gets a bad rap over the company they rely on for financial collection. I'd exhaust all other options before them despite some gyms are gay-popular.

    I chose my apartment building because there's a 24hr fit super sport on the first level.

    WIN!
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    Feb 17, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    Wish there were an Equinox in my hometown... Makes me wish I again lived in a Mecca city. Have enjoyed Equinox in SF, Boston, and Chicago.
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    Feb 18, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    My gym is an Army gym. It has the equipment I want - a squat rack, plenty of barbells and weights, and kettlebells. I generally avoid the peak traffic by getting there at around 5:30 in the morning.

    It also has a dry sauna which is very under-utilized; it is great to unwind after some heavy lifting (no YCYL: wearing shorts is required, lol...)

    There is also a pool, but it has odd hours that never quite mesh with my schedule.

    Best perk: It's free and a benefit of my job (and no, I'm not in the army, lol...)
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    Feb 18, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    I have a 3 day pass for Equinox. Is it worth using?
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    Feb 18, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    I am a personal trainer at Equinox in Chicago and of course I would def recommend it. Yes the membership is pricey but you honestly get what you pay for. Awesome group fitness instructors, immaculate clean facility, knowledgeable personal trainers, etc. I also know a few people at the Dallas equinox due to the fact that I am a Texas native. If you have any questions please let me know. ;) it's not fitness, it's life!
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    Feb 18, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    epicfit saidI am a personal trainer at Equinox in Chicago and of course I would def recommend it. Yes the membership is pricey but you honestly get what you pay for. Awesome group fitness instructors, immaculate clean facility, knowledgeable personal trainers, etc. I also know a few people at the Dallas equinox due to the fact that I am a Texas native. If you have any questions please let me know. ;) it's not fitness, it's life!


    how much is it?

    n/m found it. $183 a month
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    Feb 19, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    one wrinkle with Equinox: lots of aggressive sales pitches to upgrade....and most anything you want supplemental has a steep price ... Pilates on the reformer, for instance, is pricey at Equinox, but then again I'm spoiled since my gym offers 2 sessions on the reformer a week per member for free. My gym also assigns lockers and provides towel service... again included in the membership.
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    Feb 19, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    MarcBodybuilding said
    Crunch : I like it seems they have a great space area on their weight floor, not bad by adding a boxing punching bag on the corner, big rubber hammer and tire to do your 300 spartan workout, and over all clean and friendly staff.

    upper floor decent spread out cardio bikes, making the main floor a weight area, but no Sauna, Steam Room, .... its all good but the 2 would do nicely .



    depends i guess on where you are located. the two that i go to in nyc both have saunas.
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    Feb 19, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    As far as if Equinox is worth it, depends on what you want. I belong to a couple of chains, 24 hr Sport and Spectrum Clubs. The Spectrum Clubs in So Calif are nice with towel service, plenty of machines, free weights, not crowded. When I checked out Equinox, they said they were in a different league than Spectrum. Spectrum had more equipment in excellent shape, classes, etc. Equinox told me the difference is they will pamper me. That was a huge turn-off. I go to a gym to lift weights, not to be pampered.

    A friend works at Equinox and he told me their big thing in this area is having famous people as members. So if you are famous, think you're famous, or want to hang around with either, would be worth the money.
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    Feb 19, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    I loved Equinox - travel a lot so locations in DC, LA and NY came in handy. I get a discount through work which knocks off like $50 a month.
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    Feb 19, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    Good god, $180 per month?? That's nutbar!
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    Feb 19, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    I love the 24 hour model. It worked great for me working the night shift and being up at 3 a.m. I essentially had everything to myself. I really got a lot done.
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    Feb 19, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    partouse saidone wrinkle with Equinox: lots of aggressive sales pitches to upgrade....and most anything you want supplemental has a steep price ... Pilates on the reformer, for instance, is pricey at Equinox, but then again I'm spoiled since my gym offers 2 sessions on the reformer a week per member for free. My gym also assigns lockers and provides towel service... again included in the membership.


    If our Pilates dept hired like our pt dept, spend the money because it is def worth it. One of the great things that EQ does for it's team is constantly keeping it up to date with in-house and continuing education. Each and every personal trainer or instructor hired has to have a degree or nationally qualified certification (even with the cert, you are required to have creditials that make you stand out). With that being said, the instructor is supposedly to be able to identify all types of weaknesses and strengths that you may have a develop a program that will reach you to your goal.

    Yes you are right it is expensive and the net worth of most of the members there is around 1mil, but with the quality of people that are at your service. It's worth it. ;)
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    While franchises must presumably adhere to uniform standards, all of the clubs mentioned within their respective franchises, even within a few miles of each other, vary greatly in terms of space, layout, cleanliness, amenities and equipment. So how can one accurately rate one franchise against another except in the most generic terms?