Senior Members Lodge Complaints at Equinox Club

At issue is the perception the club values younger members over older members with its class programming.

There are some unhappy members at the Equinox fitness club in Washington, D.C.

At issue is the perception the club values younger members over older members with its class programming.

The Washington Post reports that 40 seniors and middle-aged members recently wrote complaint letters to the Equinox corporate office and held a meeting with General Manager Michael Smallcorn.

Equinox acquired the former Sports Club/LA location in 2014.

"What was a perfectly nice club is being turned into this place where one feels that older people aren't valued," 10-year member and 76-year old Rachelle Horowitz told the Post. "I don’t want to turn it into a rehab center . . . but it shouldn’t be an Orwellian vision of well-oiled 22-year-olds marching to the same music."

Equinox has received criticism in the past for racy advertising campaigns featuring young models.

The club’s older group also took issue with the cancellation of some aqua aerobics and gentle-style yoga classes favored by the senior crowd.

"We continuously adjust our schedule based on class popularity and member feedback," Equinox Regional Vice President of Operations Griff Long told the Post. "With over 100 classes a week, we offer a diverse range of programming to meet everyone’s needs, so all members can find something they love that maximizes their results."

Read the entire story from The Washington Post here.

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