421 Hudson St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.730038 -74.007168
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
THE BEST GYM IN NYC !!! – I m sorry but I have to tell u something . I worked for this gym 8 years !!!! And was the best time in my life !!! I m great Fitness Trainer like every body from this gym ! And is not about how fancy is gym ! is about the result we made all clients happy !! We are nat like Equinox they just love $$$$ but dont care about client !! I m happy to tell this!
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Annoying – I wasn't one of the people who felt the Printing House was my family. It was a gym. A gym with a sauna and hot tub and a nice airy locker room and some excellent classes. I didn't think the previous management was particularly saintly or genuine. So, I greeted the takeover by Equinox as a possibly good thing.
However, because branding is far more important to them than service, Equinox demolished one of the two locker rooms to make a new "branded" lobby. Then they closed the other locker room for renovations. For at least four months. There are no showers. They could have renovated one locker room before demolishing the other, but such a service-oriented approach was, I'm sure, never an option for them. I suspect the sauna and hot tub are not returning, since they aren't standard Equinox features.
While the new finishes are, well, new, they aren't particularly elegant. I was hoping perhaps for something more upscale than the old Printing House, but this place is upscale only if one is firmly wedded to the notion that expensive=upscale. The cardio machines abut each other in a way that makes Lucille Roberts look high end. And the manager is probably as rude as any human being that a major corporation has allowed to have dealings with their customers.
Stressful – Equinox really destroyed the community that was the old Printing House gym. Instead of your workout being relaxing, it's an attack on your senses with wall to wall machines, blazing lights, and blasting music. The great training staff from the old Printing House is almost all gone because of the stupid corporate rules. Equinox is so arrogant about their brand, they didn't keep what was positive about the old Printing House. The staff Equinox brought in is fake perky. The Equinox manager is rude to everyone.
Terrible – Of all the changes in recent years to the low key, small town neighborhood that once characterized the West Village, the saddest is the end of the one-of-a-kind Printing House gym. The corporation Equinox took it over in December 2010, breaking the hearts of the 3,000 plus membership. The feeling among us members in the old Printing House, as we dreaded the end of our sanctuary, was grief. When Equinox finally invaded our club, it was like a death in the family. We watched 95% of the warm, dedicated, skilled training staff leave.
Equinox brought a culture loathed by Printing House members. Some had come from other Equinox branches, running from the music they impose on us, the bar scene atmosphere. Printing House members really came to work out, not to hook up. "Upscale" is the word the Equinox team uses. Oh, please. Equinox bragged about the amenities they would bring us - renovations (pressed wood), shops, juice bar. Equinox actually removed amenities. The saunas and whirlpool are gone. And now we have a price increase on average of $45 per month which eventually will go up again. For what? Juice?
No other gym in New York can match the plant built by the original Printing House, the pool and two rooftop decks with glorious views of the Hudson. I left the new Equinox Printing House after giving it a try. (So have many others) The rigid, corporate mentality of Equinox was too much. I joined NY Sports Club. It is better than I expected, and I've been to several branches. It is clean, has friendly staff like the old Printing House. Their machines are fair to good, depending on the branch. NYSC offers tracks of music on each machine. You can plug in your headphones to their selection, or listen to your own mix. My old Printing House gym will be a beautiful memory.
Awful – Since it was sold to Equinox it's been absolutely awful. They closed boxing and squash and all the things that made it a great place. I think all their talk of exclusive and best is frankly rubbish.
I was willing to listen to what they had to say as after being a member for years I figured I would at least give them a chance. I spoke to the sales girl and she was all friendly (aka phony) and she said I would be in touch to arrange a visit... I'm still waiting. I called the another person there and left 4 messages and am still waiting to hear. As far as I'm concerned Equinox has ruined a good place.
Printing House & Equinox Support – Hi this is Dariusz Garko, Fitness Manager at The Printing House gym. As everyone knows Printing House and Equinox are joining forces to create the most exclusive and best gym in New York city The staff and I would appreciate everyone's support in this transition. The Printing House including all management and trainers work hard to serve all clients and members. While I really appreciate the positive reviews the negative comments would be more effective if we received them directly and we would be happy to address them. In the meantime, please be kind enough to remove negative comments and give us the opportunity to continue to make our gym an even better experience and facility with Equinox. You may contact me at PH 212-243-2457 ex 258
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Hope Equinox Has Done Their Homework! – Rumor has it Equinox is taking over the Printing House, should I be sad? It's an awesome location and the facility has great bones and local vibe but a make-over wouldn't be so terrible. What would be terrible is a McGym taking over and replacing a highly knowledgable training staff McTrainers who have trainer certifications they got in a couple of weekends Most of the fitness staff at the Printing House have really sound knowledge, expertise and are genuinely passionate about what they do. They take their careers seriously, it's not just a job and that makes a difference. There are a few exceptions and hopefully Equinox will rid us of the ridiculous likes of "Joe Trainer". (Yeah he actually calls himself that) The Hollywood wannabe, once manager, acts like a punk teenager with absolutely no business sense, treated members with complete disrespect, called the gym "his house" and never lived by the standards he preached to his staff for all members to hear, especially when he was dis'ing people or beating his little chest on his huge power trip, kicking out paying members. A super-sized ego with very little reason and utterly unprofessional. WHY oh WHY is he still around???!!! So many members HATE this guy!!!! THANK GOD for the current Fitness Manager, Dariusz Garko who was always an incredible trainer, way lower key, humble, very respectful of members and is literally an encyclopedia of quality information on everything from form and technique to progression. The dude is super strong and agile too and an athlete in sports like surfing, snowboarding and swimming - this is a guy that lives what he does and knows EXACTLY what he's talking about, truly a professional and has raised the bar of The Printing House in my opinion. I actually ended up joining PH because of two of his clients who swore by him....they were not wrong, the guy's NYC's best kept secret and gets results! You gotta be motivated by one who actually tests his own physical condition regularly and pushes people to peak performance. His clients who vary in age and gender. He literally got some 65 year old lady in the best shape of her life and coached her into a power lifting competition. She now holds a US record....that's crazy! Lynn is another really focused no BS pro who's a PH veteran, Margaret is super passionate about her classes which are intense and Joanna is a Pilattes master to name a few of the gems. Oh, Michelle and Carly I've heard good feedback on too and both are in good shape. You cannot miss the Santiago family in the downstairs boxing arena...accomplished champions The jury is out on ol' Ralph - The GM who apparently doesn't believe in new ideas and has freaked out publicly in front of members. Yet another manager who has used "his power for evil". The guy's a health nut and he's always biking but...beyond that? Someone lets this guy run an entire club?! Christ, it could be so much more profitable, efficient and SOOO much more of a positive customer experience if Ralph could actually leave 1985! I've never seen a staff so demotivated and agitated by someone or such silly systems. The front desk staff is generally rude and annoyed by customers "interrupting" them. But, the views are killer, the facility space and variety is terrific, quality fitness staff (all I really care about) is much better than most, the roof top deck and pool in the summer is a major bonus so overall, a lot going for this club. Hopefully Equinox will highlight the best parts and finally do away with the bad which....would make it almost a perfect 10... potentially.
Printing House gym is a sanctuary – Printing House is one of the crown jewels of the West Village, and has stood the test of time as one of NYC's best (and few remaining) independent gyms. Before I moved to NYC I got a coupon booklet from the American Lung Assoc., and checked out dozens of Manhattan gyms. Nothing can compare. I fell in love the first time I worked out there, and became a member for the 6 years I lived in the village.
Tom teaches the best Yoga practice I've ever had. His classes are accessible to both beginners and pros. He infuses just enough spirituality and mental tips to remind people that yoga is a mind-body awareness, not just a good stretch. You'll get a great workout and more.
My favorite Pilates teacher is Michelle. She teaches with a calm grace and strength without compromise. She instructs the true Classical Method as Joseph Pilates created it - something very hard to find in a gym mat class and without paying for private lessons.
The gym has a huge variety of classes, space, and all the equipment you'll need. The physical environment is a beautiful and peaceful place. It's a sanctuary. There's no annoying music to interrupt your thoughts, the abundance of natural light and views of Manhattan and the hudson are inspiring. Everyone is a professional and minds their own business, but you can always find help if you want it.
Margaret's Fitness Evolution Class – Margaret is incredible. I haven't been this fit in years. She is a true professional, bringing it to every class with enthusiasm and energy. Ever evolving and fun, no two classes are the same.
I sweat a ton but I haven't been in a class that has served me better. Worth every penny. If you are willing to stick with it you will be amazed by what you can accomplish.
Fitness Evolution Class - Margaret's Class – I started taking this class because I was SO bored with normal running and weights. I thought I would just do it a few times before my wedding. Now I'm addicted to Margaret's class! It is better exercise than you could ever get on your own, combines both cardio and weights (working every muscle) into under 1 hour, plus FLIES by!
Margaret's workout is incredibly challenging, but she's so encouraging that every time I think I can't possibly do one more thing...somehow I can!
The results are amazing! Thanks, Margaret!!
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