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A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to check out the opening of the brand new Equinox gym on Bay Street.

Equinox on Bay

I’d never been to an Equinox gym before, but I was pretty excited to check it out.  The night was obviously not a regular every day gym-tour given the fact that drinks were flowing and food was being passed around by wait-staff, but I was impressed by the demos that took place that evening and how spacious the gym was.

Yoga Demonstrationat Equinox Grand Opening

Yoga demonstration at Equinox Grand Opening (Photo credit: Andrea Vendittelli)

PROS:

->The gym is conveniently located downtown at Bay and Wellington.
->No need to clean your own equipment, someone will do that for you!
->Special features: eucalyptus steam, Kiehl’s amenities in the locker room,
eucalyptus towels available across the fitness floors, The Shop (a
place where you can purchase the latest fitness gear), Spa on-site, laundry
service, coat check and on-site Cafe.
->Many different types of classes available:  yoga (12 types of classes),
cycling, personal training, boxing, cardio and strength training.

CONS:

->There is currently only one Canadian location at this time.
->If you’re a gym beginner, this gym is a bit intimidating.
->$$$ membership:   Regular membership is roughly $160 a month, and if you want access to the other clubs in the US it’s about $188.  A typical Goodlife membership goes for about $65  dollars a month.

OVERALL:  I think Equinox is definitely a good investment for those who spend a lot of time at the gym.  It has a spa-like feel, and is very clean and fresh for a gym.  I am not sure if I would want to pay the $165 monthly fee, as I find it a bit too high for my gym taste, but you truly do get catered to at a gym like this.  From the scented towels to the souped-up steam room, luxury is definitely something that this gym does offer.  If you’re looking for an upscale gym that is not just another Goodlife around the corner ,this is most definitely a gym for you!

Happy Training,

-Bexx

This review was unsolicited 🙂