Fitness Fit for a King
The Most Luxurious Gyms in America
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Sure, your local gym is serviceable. It has weights, a treadmill, an elliptical, and a communal shower area. But what if you could get changed into workout clothes that were washed and laid out for you in a private changing room and shower, get stretched out by a personal trainer before your workout, and work out with a program tailored specifically to your goals — all before having a post-workout meal at an in-house restaurant? These places do exist, for those looking to indulge in the most opulent workout routine imaginable. If money is no object, and you’re looking for the best-possible fitness services available, then these are your gyms.
Drive 495 Owner Don Saladino is a personal trainer who has worked with basically all of the superhero celebrities. Think Ryan Reynolds for his role in Deadpool, or Sebastian Stan and Scarlett Johansoon for their roles in Avengers. His state-of-the-art golf and fitness club is located in Soho, NY and incorporates everything from nutrition to holistic practices to help clients reach new levels of fitness — and to train celebrities to look amazing for their latest roles.
The Indulgences: Personal trainers with targeted techniques and plans for individuals to improve overall fitness levels, plus a golf simulator and everything you need to improve your golf game.
Location: New York, NY | Cost: $3,100 per year | Learn More Here: driveclubs.com
If you’re looking for hardcore strength training, while still staying true to the luxury lifestyle, Sitaras training is the perfect fit. Members can unwind after a workout on a 3,000-square-foot landscaped terrace. Locker rooms are faced in dark oak and each shower is outfitted with rain showerhead and terrazzo floor. The Sitaras philosophy also includes a full digital tracking segment that gathers data on your workout, and adjusts your workouts based on the resulting data and goals.
The Indulgences: A private army of personal trainers, membership capped at only 200 members.
Location: New York, NY | Cost: $13,760 annually | Learn More Here: sitarasinc.com
E at Equinox
While the standard Equinox is anything but standard, it only makes sense that the high-end gym would have an even higher-end secret club at two of its locations. E at Equinox is a retina-scan-entry private club capped at 200 members. It’s located at the Columbus Circle and Greenwich, Connecticut, locations. The club offers workout clothes that are laundered and folded, ready for you at your next workout. Private training is available to members, and trainers will work with you to achieve specific goals, building complete routines including workouts and diets.
The Indulgences: Private shower and changing cabanas, managers who track and tailor your workouts, access to a private golf coach.
Location: Boston, Canada, Chicago, Connecticut, New York, Florida, New Jersey, California, Texas and London | Cost: $23,500 per year | Learn More Here: equinox.com
David Barton’s newest endeavor is TMPL, the West Side gym of 40,000 square feet that includes a saltwater pool, 20 tons of free weights, an immersive spin theater and all of the latest and greatest tech in the fitness space. Schedule a meeting with one of the many top personal trainers and they’ll walk you through your M.A.P., a metabolic assessment profile that looks at your entire health — weight, sleep, hormones and energy — to form a comprehensive training plan. TMPL has one of the only Styku machines in the city, which measures your body’s fat, muscle and water.
The Indulgences: 25-meter saltwater pool, an elite team of personal trainers, up to 15 unique classes a day, Styku machine and InBody Composition Analysis, steam and sauna rooms and a juice bar.
Location: New York, NY | Cost: $165 a month, plus a $300 enrollment fee | Learn More Here: tmplgym.com/
Onyx Signature Club, LifeTime Fitness
LifeTime might not be the gym you immediately think about when you think lux, but the gym is slowly spreading into all 50 states. The newest in Bridgewater, New Jersey, features three floors of fitness and wellness in the 130,000-square-foot building, plus 40,000-square feet of outdoor space. Beyond the typical group fitness classes (cycle, yoga, Pilates, etc.), the highlight of this club is the pool access. Complete with a water slide that loops into the outdoor pool, you can swim laps, then hang poolside, country club-style, all summer long. When the weather changes, hop in a lane indoors, then tuck into the sauna to warm up.
The Indulgences: Beautiful dressing rooms with saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools, access to LifeSpa, a full-service salon and spa, plus that pool.
Location: Austin, Boca Raton, Boston, Colorado Springs, California, King of Prussia, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, and more | Cost: $179 Initiation Fee, $149 monthly dues | Learn More Here: lifetime.life
Located in the picturesque Houstonian Hotel, the fitness club at the Houstonian is the essence of old-school luxury. It looks like something directly out of The Firm, where wealthy lawyers play squash and drink Scotch in the cocktail lounge. But don’t let its regal opulence fool you: the Houstonian is packed with top-of-the-line fitness equipment to help you work off all that lobster you’re indulging in daily.
The Indulgences: Posh lobby, rock-climbing wall, boxing ring, dietitians available to members, three pools and eight tennis courts
Location: Houston, TX | Cost: $29,000 a year for a family membership, plus $476 monthly dues | Learn More Here: houstonian.com
Built as a full-service spa and health center, Zenergy is the perfect place for Sun Valley’s elite to stay in shape when not out on the mountain or wading into the river to fly-fish. Not only does Zenergy offer massage therapy, the 48,000-square-foot facility also offers acupuncture, reflexology, a nail salon, and Greg Hinshaw’s hair studio and tanning services (if you’re into that sort of thing). There is also a squash court, pilates studio, indoor cycling center, and yoga studio.
The Indulgences: Indoor and outdoor saline pools, full-service spa with massage therapists, squash court, sports rehab clinic.
Location: Sun Valley, ID | Cost: $15,000 for premier Full Tennis Membership, or $2500 initiation fee and $148.50 monthly dues | Learn More Here: zenergysv.com
The New York Athletic Club
Though you’ll likely never be a member of the NYAC, it’s still fun to dream. To apply for the NYAC Club road running team, the minimal requirements for men are: 4:10 minute mile, 15:00 minute 5k, 31:30 minute 10k, 1:09 hour half marathon, and a 2:30 hour marathon. One must apply to be a member, and there is an extensive wait list. Notable members include world-famous marathon runner Meb Keflezighi.
The Indulgences: Guest rooms for members, full restaurant, tap room and cocktail lounge.
Location: New York, NY | Cost: $8,500 initiation fee plus $3,030 annually | Learn More Here: nyac.org
East Bank Club
If you’re looking to tune up your golf game before your next business meeting, East Bank Club is for you. Not only does East Bank offer all of the strength and fitness training necessary to up your game, they also have an indoor golf center complete with private trainers. Your boss won’t be able to hate on your short game this time.
The Indulgences: Car wash, salon, spa, a business center plus a host of food options
Location: Chicago, IL | Cost: $500 initiation fee, plus $195 monthly dues | Learn More Here: eastbankclub.com
La Palestra at the Plaza
Walking into La Palestra at the Plaza is akin to walking into the Museum of Modern Art. The entire place feels extremely well curated, from the wall decorations to the fitness equipment itself — Woodway treadmils are the brand of choice. La Palestra has a number of locations, and while they specialize in overall fitness, they also offer everything from marathon training to pregnancy/postpartum exercise.
The Indulgences: Designed by Frank Gehry, individual therapy rooms, locker facilities with steam rooms and private showers, Hervé Descottes designed lighting.
Location: New York, NY | Cost: $10,000 annually | Learn More Here: lapalestra.com
EXOS’s Phoenix location has been known to cater to some of the top professional athletes in the world. Looking to train next to Odell Beckham Jr. and Xander Boagaerts? No problem. The facilities feature a 60-meter track, 80-yard football field and heated and cold pools. You can try intensive weekend retreats, 8-week offseason training programs or semi-private year-long packages.
The Indulgences: Train alongside professional athletes, two theaters, cafe with executive chef, athletes’ lounge, nutrition and PT services for all clients.
Location: Phoenix, AZ | Cost: $13,000 to 30,000 annually | Learn More Here: teamexos.com
Mecca Gym and Spa
If you’re into meditation and relaxation, this spa and gym is for you. Add a jolt to your fitness routine with a three or six-week private training program and you’ll get two one-hour sessions with a trainer, as well as a fitness assesment. Everyone’s got to start somewhere. Post-class, grab a smoothie (or wine and beer if that’s more your speed post-workout), then pop in the steam room before your deep tissue massage that’s sure to help your recovery.
The Indulgences: Unlimited classes, laundry service and special pricing on spa services.
Location: Austin, TX | Cost: $500 initiation fee, plus $150 monthly dues | Learn More Here: meccagymandspa.com
Madison Square Club
David Kirsch has worked with everyone from Danny Meyer (you might have heard of a few of his restaurants: Daily Provisions, Gramercy Tavern, Marta or the Union Square Cafe), to Liv Tyler and Kerry Washington. It’s an impressive list, and part of the reason these celebs choose Madison Square Cafe is that you’ll never see more than five other people in the gym at once. It’s all part of the personal training program Kirsch has built. One-on-one is the key to success — especially when you combine weights, stretching, cardio and nutrition counseling. The wood-paneled locker rooms are a nice contrast to the cutting-edge machinery found in the gym, where you’ll never see more than six people working out at once.
The Indulgences: Personal sessions only, a juice bar, steam showers and 5-minute workout daily emails.
Location: New York, NY | Cost: $25,000 annually, $125 monthly dues | Learn More Here: davidkirschwellness.com
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