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Equinox Fitness Personal Trainer Reviews

Updated November 26, 2017
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  • hard to maintain work-life balance at times (in 57 reviews)

  • No work/life balance - quality of environment depends on specific club (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Equinox"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you have a lot of different opportunities to grow and move up in the company as well as get different certifications

    Cons

    extremely competitive, long hours (12+ if you want to be successful), you need to be able to sell yourself to people who don't want you.

    Advice to Management

    management should focus on newer people getting better and more successful rather than feeding clients to senior trainers who have already shown they can do the work


  2. "Great Experience"

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    Current Intern - Personal Trainer Intern
    Current Intern - Personal Trainer Intern

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness as an intern

    Pros

    great people, good leaning experience, opportunity to network

    Cons

    must be proactive at all times, no real opportunity for growth

  3. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management team, Fun work environment, Learned a lot about fitness, great work experience overall

    Cons

    dealing with high end clients schedules, getting your own clients and selling. must be highly ambitious!

    Advice to Management

    NONE


  4. "Equinox is a great company to work for, just be prepared for a tough job."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Discount certs, smart co workers, flexible hours, and tier levels to go up, you meet new people everyday and get opportunities that you wouldn't get at any other gym

    Cons

    Obvious favoritism, unstable pay, prepare for 12-16 hr days with only 8 hours of pay, zero life outside of the gym if you want to be successful

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus on helping rampers ramp up rather than worry about full time trainers who have already ramped up


  5. "Personal trainer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Personal Trainer
    Current Employee - Certified Personal Trainer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing Personal Training Manager. Very knowledgeable

    Cons

    Needs to focus more on customer service


  6. "Personal Training Pros/Cons"

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    Former Employee - Certified Personal Trainer
    Former Employee - Certified Personal Trainer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Equinox provides you with a unique opportunity to build a high profile clientele base with an hourly rate that is unmatched as you move up the Tier system. Should you succeed at building a solid clientele base, this can be a really great occupation with decent work life balance when you come up with a training schedule that works for you and your clients.

    Cons

    Depending on your location, it can be difficult to develop relationships with membership advisors as there is often quick turn around in staff. Ultimately membership advisors will be the ones to send you clients. Entering an environment with a longstanding training staff, it can also be hard to gain management's trust as someone they can refer clients to when they have a set system and preferred trainers. This means, until you build your clientele, you will be wearing a blue shirt, racking weights, making minimum wage with minimum hours.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "“High Performance” Company with a low performance career arch."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Gym membership and a once yearly trip to a fancy retreat. Ability to work with nice people at the club.

    Cons

    Direct managers, red tape, inability to affect change at club level, culture where all ideas or changes can only occur from the highest levels with little focus on the employee experience.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth. Speak with club level employees when rolling out club level directives, prior to rollout. Stop spreading the promote from wishing catchphrase, its a lie.

  8. "REAL"

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    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Roslyn, NY
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Roslyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule. Co workers, some of them. Atmosphere, sometimes. EFTI (free learning), depending on Proctor, invaluable.

    Cons

    This is a real post from someone who has ten years experience at Equinox - all of it a waste. Their policies? A JOKE. Their motto? A JOKE. Their rules (depending on who it’s for and where it’s coming from), A JOKE. THEIR MOTTO, WHERE FITNESS IS LIFE? THE BIGGEST JOKE OF ALL. To be an employee at Equinox is to play Survivor without the tv cameras mixed in with Kindergarten, if you can imagine that. The trainers there run the gammet from highly qualified to stupidly unprofessional, and let’s not even mention the revolving door which is called employment at this company. They let good people go and they let bad people stay. If you are obnoxious, ugly, fat, gay or don’t know your forehead from your heal in terms of training, by all means, look for employment here. If you’re qualified, have a love for helping people, are educated in anatomy and physiology, and have a feel for program design that is progressive and can actually get your clients results, your tenure here will not last more than 6 months unless you’re a deviant, deranged or retarded, WHICH I AM. However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a real post.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the patients run the asylum. Get some backbone. Get some rules that people actually follow. And here’s an ideal way to start, lead from the top down. Do what you say. Say what you do. It’s not do as I say and deal with it. You guys suck.


  9. "Personal trainer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Personal Trainer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Certified Personal Trainer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Equinox Fitness (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility independence and good exposure and learning opportunities

    Cons

    Managers put unrealistic goals on sales

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate you employees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Everybody"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness (More than a year)

    Pros

    Education, facilities, bonuses, co-workers, membership

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, unstable

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay... You cannot survive off of this job until at least 1 year after ramping, until then you will be at the gym 10+ hours a day making pretty much min wage if that. There is no work/life balance possible if you truly want to be successful here.