Not only does Equinox demand basic fitness certifications from its trainers and instructors, but the boutique chain also puts employees through signature continuing-education courses, developed by physical therapists and sports medicine pros, in which they learn skills like body-composition analysis and metabolic testing. Group fitness classes, including energetic Parkour Power Play and intense kettlebell training, are top-notch too. And don't be surprised if you recognize your instructor from top-selling workout DVDs. "Any kind of fat-burning cardio class at Equinox totally rocks; all of the instructors are pros, and they play fantastic music," member Tracy Madans says.
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