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    Posted June 22, 2006

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Equity Discounts: Spotlight on Gyms and Spas

Looking to save money at gyms, spas or yoga classes? Actors' Equity offers a wide-range of health, beauty and fitness discounts that can save you money. Whether you're doing eight shows a week, auditioning for summer stock, or just brushing up your Shakespeare, these discounts can help you maintain your peak performance level. For a complete list of AEA discounts, visit the Members Only section at

For all these AEA Discounts and many more, logon to Members Only and use the drop down menu for Discounts !

With 32 convenient locations in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, Crunch Fitness is offering a special introductory rate on one-year memberships, through December 31, 2006: $0 initiation fee, plus monthly dues of $64 (single club), or $74 (multi-clubs). For locations, hours, class schedules, visit To take advantage of the AEA-Crunch discount, or more information, call David Hartop @ 917-837-3683 or email @

NYSC (New York Sports Clubs) offers AEA members a special corporate discount at 140 sports clubs locations in NY-NJ-CT, Boston and Washington, DC: $0 initiation fee on a two-year memberships and $49 initiation fee on one-year memberships. The discounted monthly fee is: $69.95 per month (gold level one-year membership) or $85.95 (passport level one-year membership). A $39 processing fee applies to all memberships. For more information, call Carlos Delgado at 212-575-4500 or email:

Heavy lifters will want to check out the AEA discounts at Gold's Gym NYC and the David Barton Gym (NY-Chicago-Miami). Gold's Gym is offering a corporate discount rate of $699 per year (paid in full), or $99 down and $59 per month. Membership includes 2 complimentary sessions with a personal trainer, nutritional counseling and body-fat analysis, plus over 60 group exercise classes. DBG offers AEA members 50% off enrollment, plus a $79 monthly fee (based on yearly membership). DBG's state-of-the-arts facilities boast strength training, fitness classes, professional trainers, a yoga studio, Pilates mat, spa-like locker rooms, coat check & towel service, and a membership freeze option.

Webster Fitness Club, 957 Webster, Chicago, IL 60614 Chicago's actor-operated health club, is pleased to offer memberships to Chicago actors, directors and designers at a discounted rate of $36 a month with no enrollment fee (regularly $125). These membership include full use of all facilities both at Webster Fitness and our sister club Lincoln Park Fitness Center (444 W. Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 as well as classes in Yoga, Cardio-kickboxing and Pilates. For more information call John Ferrick at 773-248-2006.

The Manhattan Plaza Health Club offers special rates to Equity members, including $350 off the club's annual membership. Check out their summer special, now through Labor Day. The summer special includes full use of facilities and programs, and access to the club's 75-ft atrium pool, sundeck, tennis courts, cardio- mezzanine and fully-equipped training floor. For more information call Ray Galas at 212-563-7001 ext. 302 or e-mail

Yoga, Yoga, Yoga!

Several popular Yoga/Pilates studios offer AEA discounts, with affordable single- or multi-class packages that cater specifically to the needs of actors and dancers.

At three NYC locations, Bikram Yoga's classes exercise every muscle, tendon and ligament in your body, so you'll work hard, sweat and feel amazing. Your AEA card gets you a 15-20% discount. Intro special: $20 for a whole week of classes! Every Friday at 11:30, there's a give-what-you-can class benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. For more info, visit:

Levitate Yoga has a serene mid-town studio that lets you transcend city tensions and elevate to an inner haven of warmth, peace and joy. Nourish the mind and body with Levitates' Vinyasa classes. AEA members receive $3 off single classes (reg. $18) and 10% off packages. Info at:

Pilates Reforming New York is dedicated to making Pilates as affordable as possible as part of every performer's training. Whether you are a dancer or actor, Pilates has a profound effect on your outward appearance as well as overall well being. AEA members can take advantage of a Reformer Class for $17.50 (a 30% savings), or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes for $170. A free introductory class is offered eight times per week. Visit

You don't have to travel all the way to Manhattan to experience bliss! With two convenient locations in Queens, The Yoga Room offers massage, acupuncture and 40+ yoga classes per week in a variety of styles including Vinyasa, Bikram (hot yoga) and Ashtanga. The Yoga Room is the perfect sanctuary for performers to de-stress relax and enjoy a fulfilling yoga practice. Present your Equity card and receive 25% off all class packages. Info: 718-274-0255.

Glow Skin Spa (30 East 60th St - Suite 808) is now offering 10% off to AEA members on a tantalizing array of massages including: the "Muscle-Melting" deep tissue massage which works the lower layers of muscle tissue, easing tension, chronic pain and helping to rid the body of toxins; the "Drift and Drool" Swedish massage soothes frazzled nerves while increasing circulation and stretching ligaments and tendons; a sports massage, especially appealing to dancers, helps work tired muscles with hot and cold therapeutic gels. You can hydrate your skin with a warm "milk and honey" massage, or enjoy Glow Skin's signature "Mango and Milk" massage, created by massage guru, Marie Scalogna. Info:

Motherhand Shiatsu offers an alternative style of massage that combines stretching while using your body's natural paths of energy - meridians. Shiatsu is a natural way to work with pain, as well as combating cold and flu. Shiatsu sessions are available by appointment only on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. These sessions are offered to AEA members for $45/hr. Call 917-880-8782 or email

To help keep your skin looking its very best, The Skin Spa offers all types of facials - from simple deep cleansing and exfoliating facials to non-surgical alternatives. Located at 30 East 40th St, The Skin Spa is offering 20% off to all AEA members on spa services and packages. Info:

For all these AEA Discounts and many more, logon to Members Only and use the drop down menu for Discounts !

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