WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. WEHOpe you're ready. (ha...ha.)
Despite being a SoCal native, the first time I made it to Equinox West Hollywood was after my return from working for Net-A-Porter in Milan/London last September. I'm more of a weekend visitor nowadays. Like everything else in WeHo, it's all larger-than-life here, so where do we begin...?
First, let me tell you that as an overweight kid for most of his childhood, ultrafit people largely inspired a combination of admiration and terror in me. Even though I shed some 30 lbs. in college and am now a NASM-certified personal trainer, walking into EQX WeHo sometimes still does that to me today. It's a show, and I'd argue a bigger one than EQX Greenwich Village, EQX SoBe, EQX SoHo or EQX Bond.
Nevertheless, once I get over that initial hump, it's the Equinox I go to for constant motivation on weights day. It's a reminder that there might always be someone stronger, faster, bigger, buffer or with more symmetrical pecs than you (that's everyone, in my case), but that's never an excuse.
EQX WeHo is also older and a complete world away from the shining new EQX Hollywood, but I'm of the belief that it's a must-see, even just once.
Classes: I may get flak for this, but some of the classes seem to be less intense than you might expect. They're still extremely solid workouts and most importantly, highly friendly for beginners. If you're a newbie to MetCon or The Cut, I'd actually suggest EQX WeHo.
Instructors/Trainers: Jim Jalove and Kupah James are excellent from personal experience. Will update when I hear from the people who know about spinning/yoga. This location has a ginormous roster of trainers, by the way. Chances are there's someone for any kind of fitness goal you could possibly have in mind.
Dumb Thing(s) Jeff Has Done At This Location: For about eight months, I had no idea that you're supposed to park in the big garage right on Alta Loma, and was illicitly parking in Sunset Plaza (yes, despite the 800+ signs saying "YOU WILL BE TOWED IF YOU MOVE EVEN AN INCH OUT OF THE PLAZA").
Do This @ Equinox West Hollywood: There's a great monkey bar/TRX setup on the second floor weights room that you don't see often in Equinoxes. It's great for basic playground exercises and supersetting with the single TRX attached.
Extras: Great outdoor balcony by the spa area for breathlessly texting your friends about the reality star you saw on the treads.
ProTip: Resist the urge to stay on the second floor. The first floor weights area sometimes clears out w/o anyone realizing.
Come for the Show, Stay for the (Animal) Flow
As you Snap/Insta away, just be glad Amy Amato from EQX Brookfield isn't here enforcing her "no phone zone."