Wow--I am not sure how an earlier poster could be talking about the same gym, so it must be a matter of perspective: this is not a "normal" gym. I can say this with complete confidence because I sampled 9 different gyms (from low to high end) in the Uptown/Downtown area on "free trials" before I decided on Equinox. The moral of the story is that you get what you pay for, and one must decide what amenities are important to them, which will in turn help that person determine the gym that is the best fit and thus the ultimate cost of the gym that they join. I very much enjoy Equinox: everything is top of the line, from the facilities to the locker rooms to the trainers. The one caveat is that it IS expensive, but one knows this fact up-front, and if one is not interested in these extra amenities, this is probably not the gym for that person. However, personally I very much enjoy the amenities. The bottom line is this: you get what you pay for, whether it is a bare-bones gym or a top of the line amenity-loaded gym. One's preferences on what is important should help that person make a decision on the gym that is the right fit for them. I have found the gym that is the right fit for me, but I can appreciate how some would find the extra amenities at Equinox unnecessary or frivolous, and as such, Equinox would not be for everyone.