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Equinox reigns as one of the nation's swankiest fitness club chains, growing its Greater Boston presence in the last couple months with the opening of a 33,000 square foot facility in Chestnut Hill. Part of the newly developed Chestnut Hill Square complex, the club marks several firsts for the brand in Massachusetts—without neglecting its standby amenities like Kiehl's-stocked locker rooms and an innovative class schedule of METCON3, ViPR, and Tabata regimens.
Notably, the new space is home to Equinox's first local lap pool, barre studio, hot yoga classes, and Figure 4, a workout borrowed from New York favorite Pure Yoga. A cleanly designed staircase leads members up to a juice bar cafe and retail shop, with an expansive training floor and several dedicated fitness studios in view. Suburban parents can even revel in the supervised play center know as The Kids Club while enjoying a workout that doesn't involved chasing little ones around the playground.
We asked General Manager Jennifer Birkett and Group Fitness Director Kristy Discipio in Chestnut Hill about some of the club features:
We hear the club has taken steps to become greener. How so?
Equinox's comprehensive, sustainable program enhances your health and the club environment with filtered water, bamboo flooring and eco-friendly plush towels—natural cotton, un-bleached towels which are laundered in our energy efficient washing machines in the club. Our clubs also use green cleaning products that contain natural ingredients and VOC free.
What is the wildest piece of training equipment at the club?
The Queenax is a structure that provides a purposeful space allowing for efficient training using several modalities. Antigravity training, four dimension training and functional training. Best of all, using the Queenax allows your imagination to run wild and makes training fun.
What is stocked at The Shop?
Carefully curated by New York-based buyers, designs from The Shop provide a seamless transition to and from the club for the style-conscious client with designer selections from brands such as Joie, Monroe, Kiehl's, Beats by Dre, Bella Lux, Beyond Yoga and Sanctuary.
Most playful thing about The Kids Club?
We designed our Kids Club into four quadrants to allow children to move from one designated quadrant to another based on the type of activity he or she may be interested in. Quadrant 1: Arts and Crafts; Quadrant 2: Science & iPad play and story time; Quadrant 3: functional movement activities (tumblers, foam lego blocks, parachute, Twister); and Quadrant 4: live play (house, school, etc.).
How do each of the dedicated studios (yoga, barre) differ from one another? What was the vision for specializing them?
With five studios in our Chestnut Hill location, this club is able to offer environments that provide an ideal experience in studios that were designed for specialized formats such as hot yoga, barre, cycling, aquatics and more. The vision for specializing our studios was to create the ideal space to practice and achieve maximum results in. From wall mounted barres in our barre studio, to the heated environment of 95 degrees for HOT yoga in our yoga studio, to TRX mounts in our Main Studio, this club was designed with group fitness in mind. Our most popular class so far has been Figure 4.
Most unique juice flavor at the cafe?
The most unique flavor at Squeeze would have to be the Sol Caliente. Made of jalapeño, lime, orange, cucumber, and pineapple, this juice gives you the vitamins and kick to take on your day.
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· Equinox Chestnut Hill [Official Site]