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Gym Dandies

What do Irvine, Elkhart, Ind., and New York City have in common?

Each is home to not just a health club, but a health club that’s considered to be among the hottest around.

In Irvine, it’s Sports Club / Irvine; in Manhattan, it’s Equinox (there are four branches--we scoped out the one on 19th Street and Broadway); and in Elkhart, which is 110 miles east of Chicago, it’s City Fitness Club / Nautilus on Main Street in downtown.

These are the gyms where the Beautiful People--and the Regular People--go to be seen, and to work up a good sweat.

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Gym Dandies

Club: SPORTS CLUB / IRVINE

Location: Irvine

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Opened: 1990

Square Footage: 130,000

Membership: 6,500

Male / Female Ratio: 50/50

Members Who Work Out in a Single Day: 1,000

On Mondays, Doors Open at. . .: 5:30 a.m.

On Sundays, Doors Close at . . .: 8 p.m.

Initiation Fee: $750

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Membership Fee: Standard $88 a month; Executive $137 a month

Most Popular Item at Snack Bar: Smoothie

Food/Drink Options: Smoothies, Pasta, salad bar, juices, energy food.

Staff: 250

Personal trainers: 40+

Treadmills: 35+

Stationary Bikes: 45

Recumbent Bikes: 45

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Stair-Climbing Equipment: 44

Weight Equipment: Polaris, Body Master, Cybex, Nautilus, Flex

Circuit Line: Yes

Pool: Yes

Track: Yes

Rock-Climbing Equipment: Yes

Protocol for Signing Up: Must sign up for spinning

Cell Phones Spotted: One

Pagers Spotted: Fairly common. Lots of doctors and lawyers

Fashion Flair: Mossimo, Everlast, semi-trendy sweats, leggings, crop tops

Number of Aerobics Classes a Week: 75+

Most Popular Class: Total body conditioning

Longest Class Name: Step, Sculpt ‘n’ Abs

Valet Parking: $2.00

Other activities/ special events: Complete spa for men and women, beauty and body salon

Celebrity sightings: Dennis Rodman

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Club: CITY FITNESS CLUB / NAUTILUS

Location: Elkhart, Ind.

Opened: 1986

Square Footage: 15,700

Membership: 1,200+

Male / Female Ratio: 45/55

Members Who Work Out in a Single Day: 325

On Mondays,Doors Open at. . .: 5:30 a.m.

On Sundays, Doors Close at . . .: 2 p.m.

Initiation Fee: None

Membership Fee: $395 a year

Most Popular Item at Snack Bar: Dyna Carb Shake

Food/Drink Options: Coffee, Carbo and protein shakes, juice, bottled water, Power Bars

Staff: 17

Personal trainers: 3

Treadmills: 6

Stationary Bikes: 11

Recumbent Bikes: 6

Stair-Climbing Equipment: 6

Weight Equipment: Nautilus, Body Master Hammer

Circuit Line: Yes

Pool: No

Track: No

Rock-Climbing Equipment: No

Protocol for Signing Up: Must sigh in for step class, Nautilus and aerobic equipment

Cell Phones Spotted: Not many (courtesy phone provided)

Pagers Spotted: Yes (all belong to doctors)

Fashion Flair: Bike shorts, tights, T-shirts, leotards, sweats

Number of Aerobics Classes a Week: 12

Most Popular Class: 5:30 p.m. step

Longest Class Name: -

Valet Parking: No, but there’s a free municipal lot out back

Other activities/ special events: Massage therapy, New Year’s Eve party, indoor rowing competition

Celebrity sightings: U.S. Olympic rowing team

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Club: EQUINOX

Location: Mdtown Manhattan

Opened: 1991

Square Footage: 34,000

Membership: 5,000

Male / Female Ratio: 45/55

Members Who Work Out in a Single Day: 900

On Mondays,Doors Open at. . .: 5:30 a.m.

On Sundays, Doors Close at . . .: 9 p.m.

Initiation Fee: $395

Membership Fee: $1,050 a year

Most Popular Item at Snack Bar: Sport Shake

Food/Drink Options: Oatmeal w/apples, pears w/raisins, baked apples, potato salad w/egg white, capers and shallots

Staff: 300

Personal trainers: 60

Treadmills: 35

Stationary Bikes: 15

Recumbent Bikes: 15

Stair-Climbing Equipment: 26

Weight Equipment: Cybex, Icarian, Paramount

Circuit Line: Yes

Pool: No

Track: No

Rock-Climbing Equipment: No

Protocol for Signing Up: Must sign in for spinning. After all there are only 50 bikes

Cell Phones Spotted: None (it’s considered uncool)

Pagers Spotted: See above

Fashion Flair: Black, gray sweats, shorts ot T-shirts. Very little spandex or peacock colors

Number of Aerobics Classes a Week: 120

Most Popular Class: Cardio Moves Funky Low Urban Jam

Longest Class Name: Cardio Moves Funky Low Urban Jam

Valet Parking: Parking in Manhattan? Be serious

Other activities/ special events: Caloric evaluations, nutritional counseling, hypnosis for smokers, visits from famous athletes

Celebrity sightings: Nicole Miller, Billy Baldwin, Julia Robert, Elle MacPherson, Denizel Washington


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