Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

After yesterday's yoga post, I decided to continue with the theme of fitness and post about my gym. I've been working out at Equinox for over 4 years and it's literally become my second home. The facilities are immaculate, the classes are cutting edge, and the locker room is every bit as nice as Burke Williams' (or any upscale spa). They offer every class imaginable from Hula Hooping (which is so fun, by the way) to Yoga Power Hour to Ballet Barre. Equinox is not only a great gym, but also the epitome of people watching. I always find myself entertained to look over and see that I'm jogging next to Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling. While it is definitely a bit pricey, this is absolutely one splurge I can justify and the price actually motivates me to go sometimes! I spend the majority of my mornings doing yoga here and it's become second nature for me to get up at the crack of dawn to work out. If you live near an Equinox, you should absolutely go in and check it out. Where do you work out? Do you prefer gyms or exercising outdoors?







48 comments:

Krystal said...

oh man - that's amazing! I'd want to go there too :)

this free bird said...

fancy! i'm scared of gyms b/c i'm not coordinated and fear killing myself on the machines. i know, i know - wussy.

do they have pilates? that's my non-violent fave where i think the chance of embarrassment is minimal and i have achieved excellent results thus far...

Diana Mieczan said...

That place looks fantastic....I adore when gym looks great...It also makes me want to go there more:) Enjoy your yoga class this morning,sweetie and see you soon:)
Muah

Lovely B. said...

I never thought I'd describe a gym as glamorous, but Equinox looks absolutely gorgeous. Definitely not a typical workout facility. I agree that a gym membership is completely worth the splurge. Afterall, what's more important than fitness and keeping your body healthy and toned?

xo,
LB

Nikki said...

It really does look like a spa! I've only heard amazing things about Equinox gyms, but I've never been to one before.
Your post inspires me to work out, even though I usually dont!


xx
Nikki

Legs said...

This may be the most amazing gym I've ever seen! I just did a search and there is one by me but it's a ways away and not metro accessible. Maybe when I finally purchase a car I can look into this!! :D

Cafe Fashionista said...

I don't just want to work out at Equinox - I want to live there! What a gorgeous, calming aesthetic. Personally, I work out at home to a DVD a few times a week. :)

Sarah said...

If only we had a gym that looked like that, maybe i would finally be motivated to go!

naomemandeflores said...

WOW, that's awesome!!! Now my gym looks like a little cabin in the woods! :)

Jen Watts said...

Perhaps if the local gym looked like that I would be tempted to work out more often...Then again if I caught myself on the treadmill next to Bradley Cooper I would probably FALL OFF ;)

Jammer said...

Jogging next to Bradley Cooper?!! You just became my hero ahaha

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Naina said...

I hit the gym at at least 4 x/week. I love running but like to do it indoors on a treadmill. I would love the opportunity to run next to Bradley Cooper!

Gabriel said...

Hula Hooping! Now I'm interested!

Lindsay said...

Ive heard great things about this gym! Do you work out at the one in Santa Monica??

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

You seriously work out beside Bradley Cooper?! I am so jealous!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Alicia said...

I belong to Equinox too! Although I have been horrible about going now that the weather is nice and I want to run outside! :)

Fashion Meets Food said...

how fancy! You workout next to bradley cooper. Holy jealousness over here!!!

xo

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I prefer outside, but if I lived near a place like this, I might reconsider! It looks amazing!

Katie said...

That looks very nice! Still incredibly jealous you get to work out next to Bradley Cooper :)

Alison said...

you're so lucky to live in a city that offers up-scale gym cluns. boise just isn't quite there yet.

and ballet classes? j'adore!

Alison said...

clubs*

Jess said...

Oh my gosh - that gym looks amazing!! And you've worked out next to Ryan Gosling?! So jealous. My gym is a piece of crap - but hey, it's cheap! ;)

xo

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

How cool! You get to work out with the celebs? I'd probably fall off my treadmill. LOL. My friend works out at David Barton here in NYC and has a similar experience that u do.

Happy Tuesday sweetie! xoxo

Bren said...

I've been thinking of joining Equinox, but still on the fence. I'm good at paying the membership, and then not going. But Equinox is so pretty that I just might be inspired to go. Still thinking about it...

xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

Anna Walker said...

Oh my god. Where is this exactly???? I am moving to the la area soon! That's amazing and Ryan gosling? Hit on him. And Bradley cooper too.

Hit on them in the most fantastically obvious amazing flirty way. Serious!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Wow, how fab! Love that place! That's motivation enough, just to see celebs there. :)

Tasha said...

Oh my goodness Valerie! This gym looks absolutely amazing! And sounds spectacular, especially with all the different classes you can take and all the celebrities you get to see.

The local gym we have here isn't anything special....sadly

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Equinox gyms are so gorgeous! There was one near my old work.

Annie said...

I didn't think I would ever describe a gym as "heavenly" - these pics are AMAZING. No wonder you are willing to get up early and work out regularly ;) love it!! I have a gym in my building, but I so miss the yoga classes I had at my old gym.

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow that place would motivate me too!!! It looks so sultry for a gym haha.
I like to work out at a gym because I focus more than outside. Like for example this morning I went for a jog. A few blocks into it, a cat was on the sidewalk. I stopped to pet him (his name was tiger according to his tag) and I thus continued to pet this cat until my work out time was over.... haha. So indoors for me!

Tangy Tidbits (Tina Tang Team) said...

Equinox is GREAT!
I know a few people that has joined and I love their facilities!

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Jonna said...

Very nice! I'm not a huge fan of gyms though, especially now when it's summer and HOT.. But that pool looks tempting. x

Phoebe Rose said...

I wish I was motivated to exercise! I certainly would be if this was my gym :)

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Style, She Wrote said...

That gym looks incredible. I prefer to work out in a gym -- all the sweaty people inspire me to work out harder!

MarchMusings said...

Outdoors for me but this place looks great

xshumzx said...

props to you for doing yoga...my body will NOT move that way lol

Josie said...

Can we be workout buddies, please? Haha. I go to the gym all the time at school but tend to be a bit lazy at home... However, I get self-conscious enough on the treadmills next to the Notre Dame football players; I would DIE if Bradley Cooper was next to me!
xo Josie
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Becca said...

This gym looks amazing. We got an Equinox in Boston a couple of years ago, but I've never been. It may be time to upgrade my gym.

hiyaluv said...

whoa! okay-so now i know your secret behind looking so amazing! i mean who wouldn't want to go work out at such a phenomenal 5 star place like that?!
smiles,
gina

Lisa Griffin said...

crack of dawn work out? i'm the opposite but well done!
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Bionica said...

that gym is absolutely beautiful

btw totally <3 your yoga pictures

-Bionica

Erica said...

Lucky girl! Equinox is my dream gym, but unfortunately it's a little out of my budget. I usually work out outdoors ; )

Nubiasnonsense said...

I love the equinox! I've been to the one on lexington ave a few times

Anna Jane said...

my friends swear by equinox. i, myself, am not a gym go-er as i love walking and yoga. i could see myself getting back into the gym someday though!

xx,
anna jane

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Mara said...

Their gyms are SO nice! Once I'm working full time again I hope I can get a membership!

georgia~gigi said...

Wow, that is just beautiful! I think I would lounge by the pool all day, he he!

Elle Sees said...

I am slowly grasping the working out thing--something I've NEVER done.
Once I lost my job, the pounds just came on and fast! Now, I'm on my 3rd week of working out. I use the gym at my apt or via Exercise Tv at home. I haven't seen a difference yet but I'm slowly increasing the time and varying what I do. I know I can do it.

Marcie said...

LOVE Equinox! It is a guilty pleasure of mine. I first joined 4 years ago when they opened the one in Westwood. I love working out in the lap of luxury. I then joined Palo Alto's gym for the last 3 years, but recently had to cancel when I took a job in the city. When I get back to the south bay, I hope to join again.

I think I'd pass out if I saw BC or RG working out next to me!

xo Marcie