|Address:||4 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA|
|Working:||5AM–10PM 5AM–10PM 5AM–10PM 5AM–10PM 5AM–9PM 7AM–7PM 7AM–7PM|
Disclaimer: I am not employed by, or paid by, Equinox, but I am a happy member, so if you are looking for a Rage review, keep scrolling. TL;DR - You get what you pay for Equinox is a gym that tends to be mired in controversy, both because it is in fact the most expensive gym, and also because their ads are super weird. Seriously, tandem breast feeding is super cool, and white haired phantom-esque models are somewhat interesting, but really? Facilities: In a single word: Perfect. The locker rooms are clean, lit in a flattering light, and rarely very crowded. Both Men and Womens locker room have a steam room (heavenly after a heavy workout). All of the Showers are private, tastefully tiled, and stocked with Kiehls soaps (Oh So Good). The club supplies Shave Soap, Razors, cotton swabs, and mouthwash. Personally, I always shower and get ready at Equinox, instead of at home, because the Club is so nice, and you emerge feeling strong! Upstairs: Consists of an average-size studio for Yoga, and other classes, the Spa, and the outdoor deck and pool. The Yoga studio is stocked with everything you would need for classes: mats, straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, small weights, etc. Spa: No clue, (Im a typical dude, and dont Spa much). Pool: The deck and pool area are fairly compact, (Half length pool maybe?), but actually a nice place to hang out during the summer, especially given the two small shades. Downstairs: The goods. The downstairs consists of a split main floor, with cardio equipment on one side, and free-weights and cable machines on the other. Surrounding this floor is the cycling room, another studio for cardio-muscle classes, the weight machines (in the corner next to the Cardio equipment), and the trainer stretch room. The weight floor essentially has 4 of everything, a wall of free weights, 5 bench press racks, a center cable machine with 8 places, 4-5 adjustable and fixed benches for free weights, a smith machine, and 2 squat racks. The center of the weight area is an open floor for TRX strap exercises, and typically where people do dead lifts, and other olympic style power lifts. The cardio side has a row of stationary bikes, a row of elliptical style machines, 3 rowing machines, a row of treadmills, and a row of stair steppers. There is also a spattering of interesting cardio equipment such as climbers, "Road" runners, etc. Adjacent to the cardio area is a soft mat stretch area, and opposite the soft mat is the classic weight machines (most full motion). Every piece of equipment, space, etc is always clean, and in perfect working order. If a door breaks, it will be fixed by the time your workout is done, Ive never seen a machine out of order, and even during the busiest of times, the locker rooms, and equipment are clean (as in, make grandma proud clean). The facilities are great, but where equinox really shines is their class selection. Each day there are typically 20ish classes a day, consisting, on average, of 3 Yoga Classes, 3 Spin classes, several running classes, and the rest being cardio, cardio-muscular, pilates etc. All of the classes are top notch, and the instructors are professionals. They really excel at spin and Yoga classes. A special shoutout belongs to Dana Sweeney who is hands down the best Yoga instructor I have ever encountered! This is where the real value is, seeing as paying for classes at other gyms or facilities adds up to far more than your Equinox membership, especially if you go several times a week. Trust me on this, you will find your fit, your class, and your workout at Equinox. The other shining star at Equinox is the trainers, who are all consummate professionals, and can really take you to your next level of fitness, or help you achieve your goals. Equinox is the perfect example of "You get what you pay for", and at Equinox you get a lot! If you are serious about improving yourself, Equinox is the answer. If you want a cheap gym that is always dirty, and easy to convince yourself to skip, go to 24 hour fitness. And above all else: GET OUT AND LIFT!
So I have to admit I do really like Equinox. It is the most expensive gym in town, but it is also the nicest. Its clean and everyone is friendly and helpful and it has the right amount of machines. The classes are great, but schedule isnt as great. I would love to see more classes in the 2-7pm hour. Also wish they were open later on the weekends, along with the childcare Kids Club, which closes at 1pm on the weekends. Which brings me to the only thing I really object to -- the childcare cost, which is outrageous. PJCC is $4/hour. Equinox is $10 for 2 hours, but you cant do 1 hour for $5 which is what it should be. SO every time you go the gym with your kid it costs you TEN DOLLARS, on top of your already $130/month bill. That sucks. And it makes it seem like they arent kid/mom friendly and dont want your business if you are a mom.
Equinox is nice as far as equiment and classes, but if you like to workout later in the evening or on the weekends the hours are very limited. If you need childcare it will cost you and extra $10 per session, which is very high considering you already pay $129 or more for your monthly memebership. I use to belong to this gym before I had my son and I just recently cancelled my membership as they are just not child friendly. As new parents it is important to us to be able to workout at various time and sometimes that means Saturday night, but they close at 7PM on Saturday and Sunday and have limited hours during holidays. I also think their childcare looks dirty! I cant tell if it is actually dirty or if it is just old and worn.
Equinox is a great gym, you get what you pay for. Its clean, equipment is always working and organized, and even at its busiest times its not obnoxiously crowded. The San Mateo location probably has the least curb appeal of any of the Equinoxs in the Bay Area (and the several other ones Ive been to around the country). My biggest gripe is that the weight/fitness room is in the basement, so there are no windows and no natural light.
I have been a member of Equinox for four years now and every year I get the same letter that they are raising the monthly dues. Enough is enough. This time I am canceling my membership if they go to $140.00 a month. The fact they raise 27 other memberships, they will gain nothing if one member leaves. Does not make a whole lot of sense. Something tells me there are a lot of members that feel the way I do.
Equinox makes it a pleasure to get back into shape. As a physician, l know that without good health, you dont have a good life! Thank you, Equinox!
$50 for a one-day visit! They might as well publish on their website that guest (traveling) visitors are unwelcome!
Beautiful gym, the staff is super friendly and its always very clean.
lunch in the RAW, its great!