David Barton Gym | Chelsea

★★★☆☆
  • 215 W 23rd St

    New York, NY 10011

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  • 212-414-2022

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Mon. - Fri. 5:30am to midnight Sat. - Sun. 8:00am to 9:00pm

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John P., you're a lame. There are a lot of gay cops and military men, douche. Those queers can kick your ass.

Anyway, the gym is alright. Most of the things I was going to say have been touched on. It's decent but not amazing either. Depends on what you want out of your experience.

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John P., you're a lame. There are a lot of gay cops and military men, douche. Those queers can kick your ass.

Anyway, the gym is alright. Most of the things I was going to say have been touched on. It's decent but not amazing either. Depends on what you want out of your experience.

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for moronic people who go there to chat and network. i lift with cops and military dudes, not a bunch of queers. very gay. very nyc.

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for moronic people who go there to chat and network. i lift with cops and military dudes, not a bunch of queers. very gay. very nyc.

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I've been a member for 2 years at the 23rd Street location and I also have membership for the most awesome Astor Place location.

I am one of the few women that actually go to this predominantly gay gym and I enjoy being surrounded by

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I've been a member for 2 years at the 23rd Street location and I also have membership for the most awesome Astor Place location.

I am one of the few women that actually go to this predominantly gay gym and I enjoy being surrounded by

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This place is super fantastic. I have been a member since 2003 and would never join another gym There is no need to. The atmosphere and vibe is great here. The front desk staff is super friendly and the manager , Jane Montoya is a sweetheart. The trainers are very good looking and knowledgeable. They have a coed sauna and they have a steam room in the ladies locker room. Also in the shower stalls they have Bumble and Bumble products.

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This place is super fantastic. I have been a member since 2003 and would never join another gym There is no need to. The atmosphere and vibe is great here. The front desk staff is super friendly and the manager , Jane Montoya is a sweetheart. The trainers are very good looking and knowledgeable. They have a coed sauna and they have a steam room in the ladies locker room. Also in the shower stalls they have Bumble and Bumble products.

Pros: feng shui atmosphere, friendly front des, and manager, cool

Cons: can get busy on weekdays from 5 to 9, more males than female

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Absolutely nothing to complain.

I have been a member at the Chelsea location for a few years, and I love it. If you are serious about fitness, that's a great place to be. Great energy, style, excellent equipment, good staff and fit beautiful people.

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Absolutely nothing to complain.

I have been a member at the Chelsea location for a few years, and I love it. If you are serious about fitness, that's a great place to be. Great energy, style, excellent equipment, good staff and fit beautiful people.

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DavidBartonGym is the only gym I go to. Not only is the staff super friendly and extremely encouraging- I always have clean equipment to workout on (with its own TV to boot!) Not only does DavidBartonGym offer spectacular classes- the trainers are extremely qualified and help push me so that I too can "look better naked" ;)

Not only is the equipment superior, the amenities luxurious, and the music (think- 6 ft disco ball w/live DJs spinning while you workout!) but the people at David Barton and happy to help.

A++

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★★★★★

DavidBartonGym is the only gym I go to. Not only is the staff super friendly and extremely encouraging- I always have clean equipment to workout on (with its own TV to boot!) Not only does DavidBartonGym offer spectacular classes- the trainers are extremely qualified and help push me so that I too can "look better naked" ;)

Not only is the equipment superior, the amenities luxurious, and the music (think- 6 ft disco ball w/live DJs spinning while you workout!) but the people at David Barton and happy to help.

A++

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I have given a verdict about this gym . After the bad management of my former gym realizing that the place was in bad shape, I went to David Barton Gym. The equipment is maintained weights picked up. If you are going there to train and not caught up with trying to fit in,its great motivating gym with music that beats the tempo of a workout.Overall the front desk and membership reps are friendly and do their best to welcome you. To sum it up, for the most part its a great gym experiance.

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★★★★☆

I have given a verdict about this gym . After the bad management of my former gym realizing that the place was in bad shape, I went to David Barton Gym. The equipment is maintained weights picked up. If you are going there to train and not caught up with trying to fit in,its great motivating gym with music that beats the tempo of a workout.Overall the front desk and membership reps are friendly and do their best to welcome you. To sum it up, for the most part its a great gym experiance.

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Oh my god. Where do I begin? Last June I joined DBG with the initiation fee plus first months payment. Agreement was to take from my bank account every month. I went on a trip for 3 months and froze my account in July. While in another country, I looked on-line at bank account and saw no payments coming out of it the entire time I was out of the country. It was not convenient for me to call from overseas, so I waited till I was back to enquire why no payments were being taken. I arrived back and unfroze account in September. Front desk staff wasn't even aware my account had been frozen for 3 months! No note was on my account. I told a friend of mine to join the gym so we could work out together. After 2 weeks, she was disgusted that the rowing machine was loose and she could have seriously hurt herself. She told staff, but nothing got fixed. She fixed it herself at that point! She decided she did not want a membership anymore, as the gym disappointed her greatly. She tried to cancel the membership and the staff humiliated her in front of several bystanders. One staff member commented that her street address sounded like the name of a dog. Nice manners! She ended up leaving so upset she cried. And I know in all the years Ive known my friend I have NEVER seen her cry. This was the first time since I met her 6 years ago. At this point, I received a letter from the gym saying they had tried charging my credit card $1400 and it was denied. Well of course it would be denied if I had not known such a huge payment was going to be taken! I called them at this point and asked what was going on. They informed me that no payments had been made on my account, which I said that was not my fault but there's if they didn't take monthly payments per the agreement we signed. I called several times over the last week, and was willing to come to a compromise on this. Every time I called, no one was available. I was told by 4 people that if I came to use the gym over the weekend, there was a note on my account that Id be let in no problem, and then a manager would call me on Monday first thing. I did go there today. I walked in and the front desk guy said there was no note on my account saying i could be let in. He completely humiliated me in public saying my account was not paid up. He then called another staff member upstairs to tell him to watch me as I was not honoring my account agreement. He also said he was emailing 2 managers about it and to say I had tried to come in. I was so upset, I cried. And I haven't cried for 10 years! I was so humiliated to be treated this way and in front of other gym members who were looking at me and listening to everything. I was so upset, I couldn't work out, and grabbed my coat to leave. When I was leaving I told the guy he had ruined my evening and he said "goodnight b*it ch". I lost it at this point and turn and ran back up the stairs but there were no managers there at all! No one to help me! I had to ask another staff member to walk me downstairs past this guy and as he chewed his gum loudly he said to the other staff member "yeah escort her off the premises" with a smile. I will be pursuing this harassment further. Most likely legally. David Barton Gym has extremely disrespectful staff and lack of communication and is extremely unprofessional. I had no problems with the clientele there, as someone said they are snobs, I didn't find that. Friendly people work out there, but it is the staff that are snobs and for some reason caught up in some ego trip and totally out of line. I still am in shock to have been called a b*it ch. I swear in all my life and I am 35 years old, no one has ever called me a b*it ch. I am just simply a very nice person. I am truly in shock.

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★☆☆☆☆

Oh my god. Where do I begin? Last June I joined DBG with the initiation fee plus first months payment. Agreement was to take from my bank account every month. I went on a trip for 3 months and froze my account in July. While in another country, I looked on-line at bank account and saw no payments coming out of it the entire time I was out of the country. It was not convenient for me to call from overseas, so I waited till I was back to enquire why no payments were being taken. I arrived back and unfroze account in September. Front desk staff wasn't even aware my account had been frozen for 3 months! No note was on my account. I told a friend of mine to join the gym so we could work out together. After 2 weeks, she was disgusted that the rowing machine was loose and she could have seriously hurt herself. She told staff, but nothing got fixed. She fixed it herself at that point! She decided she did not want a membership anymore, as the gym disappointed her greatly. She tried to cancel the membership and the staff humiliated her in front of several bystanders. One staff member commented that her street address sounded like the name of a dog. Nice manners! She ended up leaving so upset she cried. And I know in all the years Ive known my friend I have NEVER seen her cry. This was the first time since I met her 6 years ago. At this point, I received a letter from the gym saying they had tried charging my credit card $1400 and it was denied. Well of course it would be denied if I had not known such a huge payment was going to be taken! I called them at this point and asked what was going on. They informed me that no payments had been made on my account, which I said that was not my fault but there's if they didn't take monthly payments per the agreement we signed. I called several times over the last week, and was willing to come to a compromise on this. Every time I called, no one was available. I was told by 4 people that if I came to use the gym over the weekend, there was a note on my account that Id be let in no problem, and then a manager would call me on Monday first thing. I did go there today. I walked in and the front desk guy said there was no note on my account saying i could be let in. He completely humiliated me in public saying my account was not paid up. He then called another staff member upstairs to tell him to watch me as I was not honoring my account agreement. He also said he was emailing 2 managers about it and to say I had tried to come in. I was so upset, I cried. And I haven't cried for 10 years! I was so humiliated to be treated this way and in front of other gym members who were looking at me and listening to everything. I was so upset, I couldn't work out, and grabbed my coat to leave. When I was leaving I told the guy he had ruined my evening and he said "goodnight b*it ch". I lost it at this point and turn and ran back up the stairs but there were no managers there at all! No one to help me! I had to ask another staff member to walk me downstairs past this guy and as he chewed his gum loudly he said to the other staff member "yeah escort her off the premises" with a smile. I will be pursuing this harassment further. Most likely legally. David Barton Gym has extremely disrespectful staff and lack of communication and is extremely unprofessional. I had no problems with the clientele there, as someone said they are snobs, I didn't find that. Friendly people work out there, but it is the staff that are snobs and for some reason caught up in some ego trip and totally out of line. I still am in shock to have been called a b*it ch. I swear in all my life and I am 35 years old, no one has ever called me a b*it ch. I am just simply a very nice person. I am truly in shock.

Pros: Dim lights

Cons: Horrible staff

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I'm still a member here because I get a great rate, it's a convenient location, and the bath products are as good as what I have at home. It's getting hard to justify it that way, however.

Everything you've read in previous reviews is true -- some excellent classes and trainers, stylish interiors, live DJs, frequent ceiling drips, plentiful "equipment being repaired" signs, billing problems, a locker room that has worse ventilation than the black hole of Calcutta, gay friendly, some serious attitude, cute guys, and some (mostly not at all cute) guys who have no respect for other people's personal space, and along with that, a steam room (on the men's side, at least) that's more a breeding ground for herpes and skin rashes than a good place to take a schvitz.

Honestly, the behavior of some guys here makes me embarassed to be gay. We're 40 years past Stonewall now, folks. You can find other places to get each other off than in the steam room. Just because the other guys around you are gay DOESN'T mean they want to see you pulling it, or propositioning them. Grow a pair and talk to someone, flirt, and ask them out on a date. And if they just want to work out and not be bothered -- that's not attitude. It's called going to the gym just to work out! Also, if you happen to be into the whole "sweaty nasty bear" scene, that's great and all, but it doesn't mean you're excused from wiping down the equipment when you're done. Not all of us like soaking in the sweat of total strangers. While all that can be put at the feet of the clientelle, I can at least fault the gym for having the saaaammmmeeee old "thumpa thumpa" gay DJ's all the time. It would be nice to have some recognition that the community using the gym has broader music tastes than the same old 90's club-era retreads!

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I'm still a member here because I get a great rate, it's a convenient location, and the bath products are as good as what I have at home. It's getting hard to justify it that way, however.

Everything you've read in previous reviews is true -- some excellent classes and trainers, stylish interiors, live DJs, frequent ceiling drips, plentiful "equipment being repaired" signs, billing problems, a locker room that has worse ventilation than the black hole of Calcutta, gay friendly, some serious attitude, cute guys, and some (mostly not at all cute) guys who have no respect for other people's personal space, and along with that, a steam room (on the men's side, at least) that's more a breeding ground for herpes and skin rashes than a good place to take a schvitz.

Honestly, the behavior of some guys here makes me embarassed to be gay. We're 40 years past Stonewall now, folks. You can find other places to get each other off than in the steam room. Just because the other guys around you are gay DOESN'T mean they want to see you pulling it, or propositioning them. Grow a pair and talk to someone, flirt, and ask them out on a date. And if they just want to work out and not be bothered -- that's not attitude. It's called going to the gym just to work out! Also, if you happen to be into the whole "sweaty nasty bear" scene, that's great and all, but it doesn't mean you're excused from wiping down the equipment when you're done. Not all of us like soaking in the sweat of total strangers. While all that can be put at the feet of the clientelle, I can at least fault the gym for having the saaaammmmeeee old "thumpa thumpa" gay DJ's all the time. It would be nice to have some recognition that the community using the gym has broader music tastes than the same old 90's club-era retreads!

Pros: Open late, good location

Cons: Half of the clientelle have no idea how to act at a gym!

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I was a member of David Barton gym until 6 months ago. The place is loud, not very clean. The trainers were ok, the music is lound and thumping at all times. Shower room not as clean as it should be. The gym is also dim and old looking. I have been working out at equinox now and Love it!! Professional environment that is about Fitness!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was a member of David Barton gym until 6 months ago. The place is loud, not very clean. The trainers were ok, the music is lound and thumping at all times. Shower room not as clean as it should be. The gym is also dim and old looking. I have been working out at equinox now and Love it!! Professional environment that is about Fitness!

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Avoid this place, unless you are a masochistic bill collector. I have been trying for 4 months to get a refund for over billing on debit card and despite repeated phone calls, letters and e-mails, nothing. I am now going to small claims court. The gym itself? ATTITUDE and more ATTITUDE. Do not recommend for anyone over 30 or not totally perfect. (They give discounts for models and attractive people -- anyone over 30 has to pay full price).

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★☆☆☆☆

Avoid this place, unless you are a masochistic bill collector. I have been trying for 4 months to get a refund for over billing on debit card and despite repeated phone calls, letters and e-mails, nothing. I am now going to small claims court. The gym itself? ATTITUDE and more ATTITUDE. Do not recommend for anyone over 30 or not totally perfect. (They give discounts for models and attractive people -- anyone over 30 has to pay full price).

Pros: Clean. MOdern looking.

Cons: Billing. ATTITUDE! Different prices based on age.

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I have been a member since the doors opened at the 23rd Street location. There are some good things, but for the price DBG is not a bargain.

Good things--great classes (varies by trainer teaching, but that is like anywhere), pretty/hot/snotty bois walking around.

Bad things--terminal leaks from the ceiling (look for buckets dotting the main workout floor and the large exercise studio), equipment always under repair instead of being replaced, problems with water temperature (or no hot water at all), almost none of the jacks that connect to the TV work, ridiculously loud music all times of the day and night (come on guys, almost everyone has their own tunes in 2009), and people on cell phones while exercising--a no-no at almost every other gym

I have voiced my complaints several times throughout the years and gotten the same yadda, yadda and nothing changes. So that is why I am here. I continue to workout here because of the location, the fact I am gay and the trainers. But I think this will be my last year unless some major changes occur. Equinox, here I come...

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★★☆☆☆

I have been a member since the doors opened at the 23rd Street location. There are some good things, but for the price DBG is not a bargain.

Good things--great classes (varies by trainer teaching, but that is like anywhere), pretty/hot/snotty bois walking around.

Bad things--terminal leaks from the ceiling (look for buckets dotting the main workout floor and the large exercise studio), equipment always under repair instead of being replaced, problems with water temperature (or no hot water at all), almost none of the jacks that connect to the TV work, ridiculously loud music all times of the day and night (come on guys, almost everyone has their own tunes in 2009), and people on cell phones while exercising--a no-no at almost every other gym

I have voiced my complaints several times throughout the years and gotten the same yadda, yadda and nothing changes. So that is why I am here. I continue to workout here because of the location, the fact I am gay and the trainers. But I think this will be my last year unless some major changes occur. Equinox, here I come...

Pros: pretty bois, some of the trainers are excellent

Cons: equipment is in bad shape, TV system is horrible!, leaky ceilings that have been that way for years

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The lighting is designed to make your body look its best -and mirrors thoughfully placed so that you can focus on your form. The trainers are really top notch in terms of experience and the other members are really serious about bodybuilding too -all this makes for a great environment for transforming your body. But the main reason for me -is the style. This is the gym for actors, models, underground clubbers, dancers, and the fashion scene. The gym is famous for the beautiful people who come there. Where else can you work out in a gold wrestling singlet if you want to?!

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★★★★★

The lighting is designed to make your body look its best -and mirrors thoughfully placed so that you can focus on your form. The trainers are really top notch in terms of experience and the other members are really serious about bodybuilding too -all this makes for a great environment for transforming your body. But the main reason for me -is the style. This is the gym for actors, models, underground clubbers, dancers, and the fashion scene. The gym is famous for the beautiful people who come there. Where else can you work out in a gold wrestling singlet if you want to?!

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This gym would be nice if it weren't for it's pretentious,arrogant, smug clients. Seriously, the trainers are great, the facilities are good, but the crowds of stuck up Chelsea boys who still believe the fascist body is the only way to be, ruin it. Yuck yuck yuck. Take a less trendy gym with people who really are serious about fitness, not a bunch of clones who's only care in the world is their share on Fire Island or what club they're going to this weekend. Oh, and this is not the only gym with hot guys if that's your only reason for working out.

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★★☆☆☆

This gym would be nice if it weren't for it's pretentious,arrogant, smug clients. Seriously, the trainers are great, the facilities are good, but the crowds of stuck up Chelsea boys who still believe the fascist body is the only way to be, ruin it. Yuck yuck yuck. Take a less trendy gym with people who really are serious about fitness, not a bunch of clones who's only care in the world is their share on Fire Island or what club they're going to this weekend. Oh, and this is not the only gym with hot guys if that's your only reason for working out.

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I recently joined this gym and I LOVE IT! JC in sales was very helpful with my membership and answered all of my questions. The gym is clean and fun and up to date with technology. The music is amazing! I can't wait to work out every morning.

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I recently joined this gym and I LOVE IT! JC in sales was very helpful with my membership and answered all of my questions. The gym is clean and fun and up to date with technology. The music is amazing! I can't wait to work out every morning.

Pros: Awesome

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I've belonged to D. Barton in Chelsea off and on for 18 years. Much of the negative stuff on here was true of the gym at its location on Sixth Ave at 16th. But since it's moved to 23rd and Seventh there's been a dramatic increase in customer service. The staff is friendly and helpful. The place is incredibly clean. And everything works. Can't say any of that for NYSC, where I spent a year before rejoining D Barton.
It is insanely crowded from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or so. Try going in the morning or at lunch if you don't like crowds.

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I've belonged to D. Barton in Chelsea off and on for 18 years. Much of the negative stuff on here was true of the gym at its location on Sixth Ave at 16th. But since it's moved to 23rd and Seventh there's been a dramatic increase in customer service. The staff is friendly and helpful. The place is incredibly clean. And everything works. Can't say any of that for NYSC, where I spent a year before rejoining D Barton.
It is insanely crowded from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or so. Try going in the morning or at lunch if you don't like crowds.

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On first impression, the gym is pretty cool looking. However, once you join and realize how crowded it gets after work and the lack of space, you start to dread going-and that's saying alot for me as I love going to the gym. But the worst part is when you cancel your membership, they don't stop pulling your monthly dues out of your checking account. I have an email from the gym confirming my cancellation yet they continued to pull funds out for the next 7 months. And when you try to call or email, the manager never calls you back AND makes you contact the NY Attorney Generals Office or file a small claim court suit to recover your money. AVOID THIS GYM!!

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★☆☆☆☆

On first impression, the gym is pretty cool looking. However, once you join and realize how crowded it gets after work and the lack of space, you start to dread going-and that's saying alot for me as I love going to the gym. But the worst part is when you cancel your membership, they don't stop pulling your monthly dues out of your checking account. I have an email from the gym confirming my cancellation yet they continued to pull funds out for the next 7 months. And when you try to call or email, the manager never calls you back AND makes you contact the NY Attorney Generals Office or file a small claim court suit to recover your money. AVOID THIS GYM!!

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I have been a member of the 23 St location for nearly five years and the only reason I stay is that my gym buddy loves the yoga trainers and won't go elsewhere. The classes and trainers are very good, the layout of equipment is generous and the equipment is maintained but the class space and stretching area are way too small for a gym this size. The people are pretty and there are a few celebrities like Anderson Cooper as regulars but that is likely because Barton gives discounts to members of Actor's Equity and SAG among others. Once, the creepy Mr Barton had me sited for wearing shorts that were TOO short (running shorts) which was ludicrous, not only because of his own appearance, but also because I have seen guys wearing swimming trunks on the workout floor. I brushed it off to avoid a confrontation and because Mr Barton isn't here often. The deal breaker for me is that in all this time, there has never been sufficient (sometimes none at all) air conditioning in the men's locker room. I have complained and been given "blah,blah,blah..... give us a few days; blah,blah,blah...it is an old building " responses but nothing changes. Leaks, lack of hot water and poor water pressure are also issues in the men's locker room. The complaint from a previous reviewer about guys doing stuff in the sauna is a joke. The gym is in the middle of Chelsea Einstein! I've seen that in Equinox and NYSC too. Twenty years ago, Chelsea was a scary neighborhood and gay people made it the IT neighborhood that is now safe for the Hummer sized baby stroller crowd. So let them have their turf. That 's not a reason to avoid this gym-it happens in all of them. But the lack of air conditioning in the locker room is inexcusable. This is a 21 century gym and I don't think expecting 20 century comforts is unreasonable.

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I have been a member of the 23 St location for nearly five years and the only reason I stay is that my gym buddy loves the yoga trainers and won't go elsewhere. The classes and trainers are very good, the layout of equipment is generous and the equipment is maintained but the class space and stretching area are way too small for a gym this size. The people are pretty and there are a few celebrities like Anderson Cooper as regulars but that is likely because Barton gives discounts to members of Actor's Equity and SAG among others. Once, the creepy Mr Barton had me sited for wearing shorts that were TOO short (running shorts) which was ludicrous, not only because of his own appearance, but also because I have seen guys wearing swimming trunks on the workout floor. I brushed it off to avoid a confrontation and because Mr Barton isn't here often. The deal breaker for me is that in all this time, there has never been sufficient (sometimes none at all) air conditioning in the men's locker room. I have complained and been given "blah,blah,blah..... give us a few days; blah,blah,blah...it is an old building " responses but nothing changes. Leaks, lack of hot water and poor water pressure are also issues in the men's locker room. The complaint from a previous reviewer about guys doing stuff in the sauna is a joke. The gym is in the middle of Chelsea Einstein! I've seen that in Equinox and NYSC too. Twenty years ago, Chelsea was a scary neighborhood and gay people made it the IT neighborhood that is now safe for the Hummer sized baby stroller crowd. So let them have their turf. That 's not a reason to avoid this gym-it happens in all of them. But the lack of air conditioning in the locker room is inexcusable. This is a 21 century gym and I don't think expecting 20 century comforts is unreasonable.

Pros: Trainers and good looking staff/members,lots of equipment

Cons: poor air conditioning, not enough water fountains,annoying bright lighting

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The staff, management, trainers, facility, equipment... everything is Hot except for the tempurature. In a city where it is insanily hot and A/C's are getting fixed daily, this place is ahead of the game. It is cool and comfortable. I am a member at a few gyms in the area and some of their air conditioning in more areas than not are "malfunctioning."

Besides that the classes are great the equipment is awesome... I can actually say I "LookBetterNaked" which is such an amazing tag line, I am in marketing and that is in your face genius!!

I encourage anyone to call or check out the website for a FREE (doesn't happen in this city) Pass and see for yourself.

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★★★★★

The staff, management, trainers, facility, equipment... everything is Hot except for the tempurature. In a city where it is insanily hot and A/C's are getting fixed daily, this place is ahead of the game. It is cool and comfortable. I am a member at a few gyms in the area and some of their air conditioning in more areas than not are "malfunctioning."

Besides that the classes are great the equipment is awesome... I can actually say I "LookBetterNaked" which is such an amazing tag line, I am in marketing and that is in your face genius!!

I encourage anyone to call or check out the website for a FREE (doesn't happen in this city) Pass and see for yourself.

Pros: DJ's and music!!

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Too crowded, no hot water, run out of towels -- these sound like the worst things about the gym but they are not. Once you get past the smiling sales fold, the reality hits. These people made fraudulent charges against my credit card, actually admitted to having done it and then for two months have refused to refund the money. In my book, this is thievery and fraud. Avoid these guys at all costs!

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★☆☆☆☆

Too crowded, no hot water, run out of towels -- these sound like the worst things about the gym but they are not. Once you get past the smiling sales fold, the reality hits. These people made fraudulent charges against my credit card, actually admitted to having done it and then for two months have refused to refund the money. In my book, this is thievery and fraud. Avoid these guys at all costs!

Pros: Nice lighting

Cons: Fraud alert here!

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Great equipment. staff terrific, who don't interrupt but respond instantly if you want to talk to desk or clean-up or trainer staff. lots of equipment repairs have been done while I've been there, since August, the machines are in top condition. lots of non-impact aerobic machines, huge TV screens to watch. live DJ a couple nights per week. from 5pm to 7pm it's more crowded than other times, but I seldom have to work in on a machine with someone else, and all the other members are courteous. I only have waited for a specific machine a few times, always while the person finished a set, and that's it. very cool, hip atmosphere, muted, understated classy. Best gym I've ever seen or belonged to.

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Great equipment. staff terrific, who don't interrupt but respond instantly if you want to talk to desk or clean-up or trainer staff. lots of equipment repairs have been done while I've been there, since August, the machines are in top condition. lots of non-impact aerobic machines, huge TV screens to watch. live DJ a couple nights per week. from 5pm to 7pm it's more crowded than other times, but I seldom have to work in on a machine with someone else, and all the other members are courteous. I only have waited for a specific machine a few times, always while the person finished a set, and that's it. very cool, hip atmosphere, muted, understated classy. Best gym I've ever seen or belonged to.

Pros: Equipment the best, great staff, great atmosphere

Cons: none

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Just joined in January (like everyone else joining a gym). I checked out three local places and I have to say, I was excited the most about my decision for David Barton Gym!! I went in on a guest pass from a freind and they quickly checked me in so they could take the time to show me around the whole club! I have to say between the atteention from the person that showed me around and eventually signed me up, they have thought of everything, from Bumble and Bumble products in the bathrooms to some really fun classes like Slo-gasmic and Junk (who doesn't like fun names!) to complimentary Coat Check and some awesome DJ's spinin' to the Vibe of the Club!!

Just like my freind did for me, I will bring someone in... even though a lot of people I know already made the switch from some of their local places! They give you Free Guest Passes too...

I highly recommend anyone looking for a change from the drab and boring places surrounding the Chelsea area and beyond to Definetly Check David Barton Gym out!!!

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★★★★☆

Just joined in January (like everyone else joining a gym). I checked out three local places and I have to say, I was excited the most about my decision for David Barton Gym!! I went in on a guest pass from a freind and they quickly checked me in so they could take the time to show me around the whole club! I have to say between the atteention from the person that showed me around and eventually signed me up, they have thought of everything, from Bumble and Bumble products in the bathrooms to some really fun classes like Slo-gasmic and Junk (who doesn't like fun names!) to complimentary Coat Check and some awesome DJ's spinin' to the Vibe of the Club!!

Just like my freind did for me, I will bring someone in... even though a lot of people I know already made the switch from some of their local places! They give you Free Guest Passes too...

I highly recommend anyone looking for a change from the drab and boring places surrounding the Chelsea area and beyond to Definetly Check David Barton Gym out!!!

Pros: Classes and Music and Amenities

Cons: What Cons???

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The gym on 23st has a great vibe but after working out I took a steam bath only to catch a few guys jerking it in the sauna. So...if you want to be around guys openly jerking it, this is the place to be. I'm going to Equinox

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★☆☆☆☆

The gym on 23st has a great vibe but after working out I took a steam bath only to catch a few guys jerking it in the sauna. So...if you want to be around guys openly jerking it, this is the place to be. I'm going to Equinox

Pros: Cool vibe

Cons: Guys jerking it in the sauna

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Been a member for about two and half years. Facility is generally kept in good repair with the understanding that it is an old building with some structural issues. Much better than nasty, nasty NYSC on 23rd/8th. Classes are the best to be found anywhere but the loss of a few good instructors might change that. Great (generally very good looking) crowd but as any popular place packed at peak times. And unfortunately with any crowd of hot looking men, there will be nasty old trolls that have nothing better to do than to hang out in the locker room and be annoying. Would like to hear better music when there is no DJ (enough of the trance/electronica). On whole, would rate a 9 out of a ten.

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★★★★☆

Been a member for about two and half years. Facility is generally kept in good repair with the understanding that it is an old building with some structural issues. Much better than nasty, nasty NYSC on 23rd/8th. Classes are the best to be found anywhere but the loss of a few good instructors might change that. Great (generally very good looking) crowd but as any popular place packed at peak times. And unfortunately with any crowd of hot looking men, there will be nasty old trolls that have nothing better to do than to hang out in the locker room and be annoying. Would like to hear better music when there is no DJ (enough of the trance/electronica). On whole, would rate a 9 out of a ten.

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I joined David Barton Gym on 23rd Street about a month after they opened in 2004. At the time I also got offered a cheaper-than-normal rate because they had not finished the space yet. It has been a love-hate relationship ever since. Yes, the price has risen dramatically, but they have added new floors, new machines, more classes, more dj's and fixed the steam room alarm (which used to ring incessantly). Unfortuantely, there are problems sometimes with water pressure & water temperature, but this rings true for DB's closest neighbor (NYSC @ 8th&23rd) as well. The locker room staff used to be very police-like in their attempts to curb men from being gay (they would give you the evil-eye for just talking to someone else in a towel), but that has stopped. They fired the bad ones. The guys working the locker room now are cool and are happy to say hi if you do them the same. I have recently complained to them about the ongoing problem with the horrible locks (and lack of locks) on the toilet stall doors. This is a problem for over a year. I was told that the locks keep being stolen by members. Who knows if that is true? But it is not the worst problem. The worst problem is the crowdedness every night from 6 - 8 pm. It is almost unbearable. Thankfully, much of the clientele is gorgeous and kinda makes up for the fact that there are people everywhere you turn. If you are someone who is uncomfortable with asking to work-in with a stranger on a machine then those are the wrong hours for you to work out there. If you aren't scared to talk then you have a great opportunity to meet a hottie. Other than that, the gym is extremely chic, the staff is nice if you approach them (which is how I like it), and it is much cheaper than Equinox and Chelsea Pier. The classes are fun and kick your butt. I just renewed my membership - and I don't even live in Chelsea anymore.

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★★★★☆

I joined David Barton Gym on 23rd Street about a month after they opened in 2004. At the time I also got offered a cheaper-than-normal rate because they had not finished the space yet. It has been a love-hate relationship ever since. Yes, the price has risen dramatically, but they have added new floors, new machines, more classes, more dj's and fixed the steam room alarm (which used to ring incessantly). Unfortuantely, there are problems sometimes with water pressure & water temperature, but this rings true for DB's closest neighbor (NYSC @ 8th&23rd) as well. The locker room staff used to be very police-like in their attempts to curb men from being gay (they would give you the evil-eye for just talking to someone else in a towel), but that has stopped. They fired the bad ones. The guys working the locker room now are cool and are happy to say hi if you do them the same. I have recently complained to them about the ongoing problem with the horrible locks (and lack of locks) on the toilet stall doors. This is a problem for over a year. I was told that the locks keep being stolen by members. Who knows if that is true? But it is not the worst problem. The worst problem is the crowdedness every night from 6 - 8 pm. It is almost unbearable. Thankfully, much of the clientele is gorgeous and kinda makes up for the fact that there are people everywhere you turn. If you are someone who is uncomfortable with asking to work-in with a stranger on a machine then those are the wrong hours for you to work out there. If you aren't scared to talk then you have a great opportunity to meet a hottie. Other than that, the gym is extremely chic, the staff is nice if you approach them (which is how I like it), and it is much cheaper than Equinox and Chelsea Pier. The classes are fun and kick your butt. I just renewed my membership - and I don't even live in Chelsea anymore.

Pros: Ambience, Free classes, Clientele, Location, Machines, Cleanliness

Cons: Pricey, Facilities need repair, Crowded, Billed on the 9th of the month w/o option to change it

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I joined this gym before they officially opened for a special rate. The rate increased each year by $100. The "student" rate is almost half the price. I have belonged to over 6 gyms in NYC in the last 15 years and never have I seen such a double standard which translates to simple age discrimination. I am outraged and insulted by Mr. Barton's poor customer service and treament of his customers from the front desk to the gym floor where many inconsiderate trainers dominate the floor like they own the place. Beginning members had to put up with everything from no hot water to 3 different floor arrangements of large equipment within the first 6 months and unannounced film shoots to boot. For that kind of money i would recommend Equinox any day.

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★☆☆☆☆

I joined this gym before they officially opened for a special rate. The rate increased each year by $100. The "student" rate is almost half the price. I have belonged to over 6 gyms in NYC in the last 15 years and never have I seen such a double standard which translates to simple age discrimination. I am outraged and insulted by Mr. Barton's poor customer service and treament of his customers from the front desk to the gym floor where many inconsiderate trainers dominate the floor like they own the place. Beginning members had to put up with everything from no hot water to 3 different floor arrangements of large equipment within the first 6 months and unannounced film shoots to boot. For that kind of money i would recommend Equinox any day.

Cons: inconsiderate, unfriendly staff, unfair membership plan

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I agree with azburgerdog below, the staff gets to smile to you once a year, when you register, then they totally ignore you.
They even ignored my move to the West Coast, they refused to cancel my one-year subscription they asked me for a lot of unrealistic paperwork, and as a result, I keep on paying every month for a gym across the country I cannot use... Obviously they do not even reply to email or anything, what matters for them is that you pay, that's it. More than unfriendly...

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree with azburgerdog below, the staff gets to smile to you once a year, when you register, then they totally ignore you.
They even ignored my move to the West Coast, they refused to cancel my one-year subscription they asked me for a lot of unrealistic paperwork, and as a result, I keep on paying every month for a gym across the country I cannot use... Obviously they do not even reply to email or anything, what matters for them is that you pay, that's it. More than unfriendly...

Pros: was close to my place...

Cons: just interested in you paying

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I can't say I have much to complain about David Barton.. I prefer the dim, dramatic lighting, and boutique-ish atmosphere to the more sterile-looking SC/LA and Equinox or dumpier NYSC. It does matter, though what time you work out, as it does get very busy from 6-9pm or so. I'm quite happy with the student rate of $79, which is $25 less than the full rate and comparable to NYSC or Crunch. Most of the people you'll find there are serious about working out, which you might not find elsewhere, and I find it motivating.
As for other things that other reviewers have mentioned like poor maintainence, I haven't had much of a problem, except the couple times that the water fountains lost pressure.. and even then they usually provide limited quantities of bottled water.

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★★★★★

I can't say I have much to complain about David Barton.. I prefer the dim, dramatic lighting, and boutique-ish atmosphere to the more sterile-looking SC/LA and Equinox or dumpier NYSC. It does matter, though what time you work out, as it does get very busy from 6-9pm or so. I'm quite happy with the student rate of $79, which is $25 less than the full rate and comparable to NYSC or Crunch. Most of the people you'll find there are serious about working out, which you might not find elsewhere, and I find it motivating.
As for other things that other reviewers have mentioned like poor maintainence, I haven't had much of a problem, except the couple times that the water fountains lost pressure.. and even then they usually provide limited quantities of bottled water.

Pros: Nice building, facilities, machines

Cons: Crowded at peak hours, occasional facilities issues (water pressure, broken machines

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This business is like a lot of businesses in Manhattan, they pack in way too many people and they skimp on as much as they think they can while still charging you $105 per month.

When I signed up, I was told that my first month would be free and this was reflected in my contract. Despite this, they billed me for the first month. I made three phone calls to several people who were helpful on the phone, but did nothing to solve my problem. One of them even stated that they could see where it said on my contract that I wouldn't be billed for the first month, and that they would be happy to give me this free month at the end of my contract since they mistakenly billed me. Uhhh, ok.... I finally sent a copy of the contract to my bank and asked them to reverse the charge from my credit card, which they did.

The facilities and equipment are generally good, but alot of the equipment breaks frequently. The locker rooms are always clean except for mountains of used towels from time to time. None of the stall doors close properly in the bathroom. There is literally no water pressure in the showers, water just trickles down out of the shower head. Aside from all that, the place is just too crowded. I have a feeling though that for a lot of these people, that's what makes this place so successful, given the crowd that frequents this palce. The staff have always been nice, at times even flirty to me, so I can't complain much there. The trainers are very professional and generally follow proper gym etiquette when they're on the floor with a client, much more so than at any other gym I've been to in nyc.

*Update 08/21/06* The water pressure in the showers is amazingly good all of a sudden. I went to take a shower last Saturday and it was like Kramer the final scene in the "No Flow showerhead" Seinfeld episode. I have to admit I need to take back some of what I said in this review about management not caring about the facilities here.

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★★★★★

This business is like a lot of businesses in Manhattan, they pack in way too many people and they skimp on as much as they think they can while still charging you $105 per month.

When I signed up, I was told that my first month would be free and this was reflected in my contract. Despite this, they billed me for the first month. I made three phone calls to several people who were helpful on the phone, but did nothing to solve my problem. One of them even stated that they could see where it said on my contract that I wouldn't be billed for the first month, and that they would be happy to give me this free month at the end of my contract since they mistakenly billed me. Uhhh, ok.... I finally sent a copy of the contract to my bank and asked them to reverse the charge from my credit card, which they did.

The facilities and equipment are generally good, but alot of the equipment breaks frequently. The locker rooms are always clean except for mountains of used towels from time to time. None of the stall doors close properly in the bathroom. There is literally no water pressure in the showers, water just trickles down out of the shower head. Aside from all that, the place is just too crowded. I have a feeling though that for a lot of these people, that's what makes this place so successful, given the crowd that frequents this palce. The staff have always been nice, at times even flirty to me, so I can't complain much there. The trainers are very professional and generally follow proper gym etiquette when they're on the floor with a client, much more so than at any other gym I've been to in nyc.

*Update 08/21/06* The water pressure in the showers is amazingly good all of a sudden. I went to take a shower last Saturday and it was like Kramer the final scene in the "No Flow showerhead" Seinfeld episode. I have to admit I need to take back some of what I said in this review about management not caring about the facilities here.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, good looking people

Cons: Too crowded, poor maintenance

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Been a member 4 over a year at new 23 St location. Looked great when finally finished, but there seems little interest on the part of management to maintain the facilities. When something breaks, it's just left to repair itself. The steam room door has been broken for months, tiles are falling out in the shower room and not replaced. Sharp broken edges on the floor. Locks on toilets don't work anymore. Replaced with jerry rigged latches. Rust is forming on metal stalls. 1 year from now - it will be a dump.

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★★★☆☆

Been a member 4 over a year at new 23 St location. Looked great when finally finished, but there seems little interest on the part of management to maintain the facilities. When something breaks, it's just left to repair itself. The steam room door has been broken for months, tiles are falling out in the shower room and not replaced. Sharp broken edges on the floor. Locks on toilets don't work anymore. Replaced with jerry rigged latches. Rust is forming on metal stalls. 1 year from now - it will be a dump.

Pros: Cute guys, Good equipment, Modern look ...4 now

Cons: Poor maintenance, Rude staff/mgmt, Poor lkr-rm security

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I joined the location on 23rd in Chelsea (it is actually the old YMCA that the Village People made the song about). Unfortunately, I was not singing the same happy tune when I walked into the David Barton Gym. I was greated, well actually I greated the front desk person, who doesn't seem to speak, unless you are "worthy". I made my way to the locker room, which was over-crowded with angry guys on roids, and a few other guys who I guess work there, but just stand around picking up towels, and make sure nothing is "going on". The gym is over-crowded.. The people are obnoxious, and the vibe is NEGATIVE. The yoga classes are o.k. but when I told one of the instructors I'd been doing Bikram yoga. He said "that doesn't count as yoga". --whatever

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★★★☆☆

I joined the location on 23rd in Chelsea (it is actually the old YMCA that the Village People made the song about). Unfortunately, I was not singing the same happy tune when I walked into the David Barton Gym. I was greated, well actually I greated the front desk person, who doesn't seem to speak, unless you are "worthy". I made my way to the locker room, which was over-crowded with angry guys on roids, and a few other guys who I guess work there, but just stand around picking up towels, and make sure nothing is "going on". The gym is over-crowded.. The people are obnoxious, and the vibe is NEGATIVE. The yoga classes are o.k. but when I told one of the instructors I'd been doing Bikram yoga. He said "that doesn't count as yoga". --whatever

Pros: Convenient to subway, big steam room

Cons: 105 per month, Rude Teachers, Crowded

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This is a huge gym with all the cardio and weight equipment you could ever want. There are also plenty of classes and well-stocked bathrooms. Service is a priority at this location. It is a place to be seen.

PROS: Great equipment, lots of classes, hip
CONS: yoga classes are mostly hot yoga

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★★★★☆

This is a huge gym with all the cardio and weight equipment you could ever want. There are also plenty of classes and well-stocked bathrooms. Service is a priority at this location. It is a place to be seen.

PROS: Great equipment, lots of classes, hip
CONS: yoga classes are mostly hot yoga

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This gym is so mis-managed and unorganized. There are never any clean towels -- usually a large selection of used towels all over the floor, especially in the evening.

Shampoo and lotion always empty at sink and you have to go from shower to shower to find a stall with soap to bath.

They installed marble leather floor tiles that all had to be replaced, but still exists in locker room where the tan tiles are taped down with silver electrical tape. The floors they ripped up they replaced with wood (which is good) and marble which gets VERY slippery when wet. I slipped two times (entering and leaving) during the snowstorm the other day.

Not worth the money.

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★☆☆☆☆

This gym is so mis-managed and unorganized. There are never any clean towels -- usually a large selection of used towels all over the floor, especially in the evening.

Shampoo and lotion always empty at sink and you have to go from shower to shower to find a stall with soap to bath.

They installed marble leather floor tiles that all had to be replaced, but still exists in locker room where the tan tiles are taped down with silver electrical tape. The floors they ripped up they replaced with wood (which is good) and marble which gets VERY slippery when wet. I slipped two times (entering and leaving) during the snowstorm the other day.

Not worth the money.

Pros: unique design

Cons: , unorganized

 

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