THE SURF, SALT AND SWEAT LIFE…aka Jeff Pretends to Surf
It’s not the largest. It’s not going to be everyone’s favorite. It doesn’t have a pool. But it’s the one Jeff regularly flies home to work out at, and it’s the one that captures the city around it. From the perpetually chilled-out clientele to the fresh-off-the-beach front desk, this is Surf City USA.
Classes: The classics are all here, from Tabata, MetCon3 and Firestarter to Best Arms/Butt Ever and a heavy yoga lineup & EQX Pursuit (competitive cycling).
Stuff you might not see elsewhere:
- Tabata books out on Saturday mornings with Jason Hardy. It’s team-based (you get a partner). Jeff Does Not Play Well With Others but has gotten a good workout the two times he did this one.
- Hot Yoga is all over the schedule. I’m not going to pretend to tell you the difference between Heated Vinyasa Yoga and Hot Power Yoga, but they’re consistently filling the studio.
Instructors/Trainers: I’m partial to superstar barre/HIIT instructor Kristin Osbon (she’s in my top 3 in the nation for Firestarter), but Christian Noni and Jason Hardy are excellent on/off the bike. Solid PT team.
Dumb Thing(s) Jeff Has Done At This Location: I took a selfie in the bathroom after taking one with the “No Selfies in the Bathroom” sign. #sucharebel
Extras: The awesome Equinox surfboards; extra sitting area by the membership offices; the chalk wall; the fact that you can do all your circuit machine exercises while looking at the beach; the fact that you can do all your stretches while looking at the beach; the fact that you can load pictures of the beach here while looking at the beach.
ProTip: Almost all of the literature in the lounge relates to surfing and is highly Instagrammable.
Fun & Sun
EQX Newport Beach is the only classic (non-Sports) club with an outdoor pool and basketball court in Orange County/San Diego.
X Marks the Spot
The only OC Equinox with Tier X trainers, including NFL coach Brenan Ghassemieh, who you’ll see on national Equinox/Furthermore campaigns.
Plenty o’ Space
As the shittiest driver in a county full of shitty drivers, I’m grateful for the excellent parking in the Google Center. Also, you can literally walk to the airport (which I’ve done…but do not recommend).
Take Your Time
Life moves at a different pace here, and so should you. See you at the pier. (Jeff Can At Least Swim)
Why EQX #HuntingtonBeach stands…er, surfs in a league of its own🏄🏼: 1. Possibly the best view of any location (#Brookfield, you still fine tho). 2. Awesome group fitness instructors will gently prod you to do one more burpee without calling out the empty Chipotle bag you disposed of 2 minutes before walking into the main studio. 3. Surfboards and chalkboards around the lobby create lots of opportunities for you to pretend you're not checking out all of the Instagram celebrities. 4. Shout out to Tegan for getting this shot/being the first EQX team member to not be totally weirded out by this account! 5. More TRXs than any other location so you can keep that active stretching up to the max. 6. If you didn't notice…they are literally on a beach. #orangecounty #beachbum