The coveted Equinox Gym has just opened in Vancouver in late November. I’ve joined their membership for approximately 2-3 weeks so far and I’ve committed to an annual contract with them. This is not a budget gym but it’s also not the most expensive gym in Vancouver. Rather than sharing the features of the gym (here) I will share my thoughts on what I think of it instead.
Listen to Members
Equinox treats every member like a VIP. They’re a new entrant in the gym community in Vancouver and are constantly making amendments to class offerings and facilities. They understand customer needs and act on it quick. On opening week, they had underestimated the number of enthusiasts and a common problem of classes filling up within minutes appeared, I myself included (It felt like getting into the SeaWheeze but every morning at 4am!). Equinox listened and now offers over 90 classes in a week. On a day that is extremely busy, I have seen up to 15 classes being offered. They realize they are learning and are adapting extremely fast to members’ needs.
Class Registration Times
Select classes (Barre, Spinning, Boxing, Pilates – courses restricted due to space or equipment) are opened 26 hours before the class starts. This is to avoid the idea of no shows or late cancellations. 26 hours has been a slight workout for me since my preference is to visit in the mornings meaning I need to register at 4 am if I am 100% committed. Over the past few weeks, the rate at which classes fill up have slowed down so I don’t need to purposely set an alarm anymore. That said, I would highly recommend not waiting until the last minute. Day of registration is nearly impossible but you can have the option of being on stand by if a registrant is absent.
Many people have wondered how good are the instructors at Equinox. From the class schedule, Equinox has recruited instructors from all over including Body Balance Vancouver, Eastwood, YYoga and more. The instructors are definitely experienced!
Equinox offers 2 hour free parking for members at Fortis BC Centre. They recognize that parking is an important aspect for members so you can park underneath Equinox to take parking stress away. It is in downtown after all.
Personal Training Experience
I’ve never had a personal trainer before and I know the price adds up. However, I had one training session and I understood the importance of having 1:1 guidance and correction. Of course it wasn’t magic! But the next day, I felt soreness in exact the muscles that we worked on. The soreness was isolated and not a general area and I’ve found it to be quite effective! Yes it’s pricey but if it works why not and health is wealth.
If you met me 2 years ago, fitness was definitely not on my list. But over the years, it has grown on me. It gave me more confidence, a better posture, more optimistic outlook on life and overall, getting me back on my feet again. The past two years were a personal tough time for me due to personal reasons but fitness has definitely played a large part in getting better. The people you meet are amazing and it’s an environment with zero judging. It’s about being comfortable and doing your best. If you ever thought, oh I’m not good enough for Equinox classes, people are so hardcore, don’t. I once had that same thought, it’s not what other people think or say that matters but what you do, to make yourself 200% better. Be proud of what you’re doing and the rest will follow.
Equinox is a fancy gym, full service with a lot of amenities, if you love what you do. It’s worth it. I promise you, you can’t go back once you’ve joined Equinox. It’s that good.