Equinox continues to push the envelope on what it means to be a gym. They launched as a single fitness club on the Upper West Side in 1991, but have since spread across the U.S., Canada and London consistently staying ahead in the areas of design, architecture, dining and, of course, fitness offerings. And that couldn't be more evident than with their latest club: Equinox Hudson Yards. The opening marks the brand's 100th fitness club, and they took the centennial milestone to create the ultimate holistic lifestyle home base.
"Equinox architected the 'fitness as lifestyle' conversation and has always defined trends rather than following them, which is why we selected Hudson Yards as the site for our 100th club," said Harvey Spevak, Executive Chairman, Managing Partner of Equinox in a statement. "Equinox Hudson Yards is a true culmination of our brand promise, representing our ongoing commitment to innovation and the future of the brand's trailblazing point of view both inside and outside the four walls of our fitness clubs."
And while you'll get everything you'd expect from the luxury fitness brand, this new club has a few unexpected details that just takes the workout experience over-the-top. Here are five of them.
Designed by award-winning and internationally acclaimed design firm, Joyce Wang Studio, the club offers sweeping views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards and the Vessel throughout the entirety of the space, including the group fitness studios, outdoor pool and sundeck, and weight training floor.
Vessel Run, which is exclusive to Equinox HY members, is a cardio and agility class on the Vessel—you not only get an amazing workout with the acclaimed group fitness instructors but also one of the most unique panoramic views of New York City. You also have the opportunity to take a yoga class on top of the Vessel where you can start your day before the crowds arrive.
Along with launching a new club (the largest one yet), Equinox also recently opened a dedicated Precision Run Studio in Flatiron with proprietary treadmills, which allow runners to personalize their runs through key design and functional features fully. Other than the newly opened studio, Hudson Yards is currently the only location with these epic running machines. That said, Equinox will bring in the treadmills to other clubs as well. But, for now, they can be found on the main fitness floor of this club.
Fast-casual restaurant Broken Coconut serves up delicious salads and poke bowls throughout the day. But the best dish they have is arguably their in-house yogurt. It's a probiotic-rich, vegan coconut yogurt that is made in house and available with a variety of toppings like fruit, granola, nuts, and coconut flakes. We can almost promise it will become a regular post-workout treat.
One of the standout features has to be the 15,000-square-foot outdoor leisure pool and sundeck with private cabanas. Like any luxury resort, you can lounge outside while a waiter will bring you food and drinks… even booze. There are select cocktails available, as well as a wider variety of fresh juices and infused waters. Plus, while you kick back and relax, you can take in unobstructed views of the surrounding cityscape and the Vessel. If you want to get in some laps, just head inside to the indoor saltwater pool complete with a reflective ceiling and large windows for the ultimate indoor-outdoor swim.