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Best Family Fitness Centers in Southeast Michigan

Where can you find the best workout and active sport fun in 2014 for parents and kids? Try these venues in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Is your family looking for a place to meet its fitness goals? Try Metro Parent's list of family-friendly fitness centers, ranging from state-of-the-art gyms to local community centers. These venues are geared at many age groups, from parents to kids. Take some time to decide which facility fits your family best. These spots offer a wide variety of activities, equipment, perks and pricing options. Many also provide a free tour, and some even give you a free trial – try the gym out a few times before you commit to an annual contract, to see if it's the right match.

Ann Arbor YMCA

  • Address: 400 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-996-9622
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, indoor track, three basketball courts

Get to know this extensive workout facility that caters to families in the Ann Arbor area. Does your child want to sign up for a sports team? She can here. Searching for a place to get in shape and get to know your community? You can do that here, too.

Beverly Hills Club

  • Address: 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills
  • Phone: 248-642-8500
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes/camps, yoga, spin, tennis, child care

This premier health facility has a host of kid-friendly amenities, including Junior Tennis, Manta Ray Swim School and the X-RKade fitness arcade.

Birmingham Family YMCA

  • Address: 400 E. Lincoln St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-9036
  • Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 5 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care

This YMCA branch is known for its extensive gymnastics and swim team programs. If your child really takes to the water, consider having him or her join the Birmingham Blue Dolphins team.

Boll Family YMCA in Detroit

  • Address: 1401 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-309-YMCA (9622)
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, racquetball, squash

Located near Comerica Park, here, you and your family can enjoy classes, sports teams and even a rock-climbing wall! This fitness center recently got new equipment that's perfect to help your family hit all those fitness goals.

Carls Family YMCA in Milford

  • Address: 300 Family Drive, Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-3020
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care

This facility offers an assortment of fitness equipment and swimming pool time to keep your kids active and your family working out together. There are also 10 youth sports options, varying from basketball and dodgeball to gymnastics and a sports sampler. Features Girls on the Run, too (geared at ages 8-13).

Downriver Family YMCA in Southgate

  • Address: 16777 Northline Road, Southgate
  • Phone: 734-282-YMCA (9622)
  • Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, kids' club

With an extensive outdoor aquatic facility, this Y is a great summer destination filled with water slides, a splash area and more. In colder weather, head indoors to workout in the gym or swim some laps inside. Beyond youth sports, there's also dance, martial arts and kids rock climbing.

 

Farmington Family YMCA

  • Address: 28100 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-553-4020
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care (including care for school-aged kids), racquetball

Kids can try six sports, including gymnastics, soccer, floor hockey and cheerleading. There also are plenty of swim lessons, as well as dance, theater, martial arts and Girls on the Run (ages 8-13) options. Check out the "Family Time" programs, too, plus plenty of options for parents.

Franklin Athletic Club

  • Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-352-8000
  • Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes/camps, yoga, Pilates, racquet sports, tennis, child care

Offers a weight loss program, including a FitGirl program that fosters self-esteem in girls. Also has a slew of kids classes, such as basketball, martial arts, dance and more. 

HYPE Recreation Center

  • Address: 23302 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-436-0043
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Monthly: $29/ages 18-plus, $22/ages 12-17, $69/family
  • Amenities: Five basketball and volleyball courts, co-ed and women's-only weight training rooms, 1/8-mile indoor track, computer lab and a cafe.

This Wayne County spot offers free fitness assessments, free fitness classes including a women's-only boot camp, kids Zumba and more. Plus, take advantage of two hours of free daily day care, free tutoring and more.

JCC The Center Fitness Club in Oak Park

  • Address: Jimmy Prentis Morris building, 15110 W. 10 Mile Road, Oak Park
  • Phone: 248-967-4030
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Various pricing levels depending on age and type of membership; call for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care

This fitness center has a gym, swimming pool, complimentary group fitness classes and basketball courts. It also offers top-notch locker rooms the feature whirlpools, a steam room/sauna and unlimited towel service. Haven't been to the gym in a while? The JCC offers new members a free fitness orientation with a certified personal trainer.

LA Fitness in southeast Michigan

  • Locations: Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Livonia, Royal Oak, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Troy, Warren, Woodhaven
  • Hours: Open seven days a week; some locations 24/7
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, group fitness classes, whirlpool spa, sauna, racquetball, basketball, personal trainers, Kids Klub (child care), juice bar (note: some amenities may have additional fees)

LA Fitness offers many locations throughout southeast Michigan (visit its website to find details on the one closest to you). This chain welcomes fitness enthusiasts ages 14 and up, making it an option for high-school kids. Plus, if mom and dad want to work out, this facility provides child care.

Lakeshore Family YMCA in St. Clair Shores

  • Address: 23401 E. Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-778-5811
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, classes, sports teams, child care

This fitness center has something for the whole family. Your little ones can sign up to join in soccer, volleyball, basketball or baseball. Plus, find plenty of ways for mom and dad to meet their health goals, including a gym, fitness equipment and classes.

Lifetime Fitness Canton

  • Address: 1700 Haggerty Road North, Canton Township
  • Phone: 734-394-2800
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Various options, including monthly or annual payment plans
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, rock climbing wall, racquetball and squash courts, spa and cafe

This all-inclusive club has the perfect features for adults and kids alike. Lifetime offers many ways for you to get your workout in any time of the day. Find activities geared towards kids, too, like summer camps, swimming and sports classes.

 

Lifetime Fitness Commerce Township

  • Address: 2901 Commerce Crossing Blvd., Commerce Township
  • Phone: 248-960-0955
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Various options, including monthly or annual payment plans
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, rock climbing, Pilates studio, basketball courts, racquetball courts, Life Cafe, Life Spa

Whether you seek a personal trainer, a place for your kids to work out or a high-intensity group fitness class, this Lifetime has a little bit of everything. Plus, as with many of their other locations, this one is open daily, at all hours.

Lifetime Fitness Macomb in Shelby Township

  • Address: 14843 Lakeside Blvd., Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-532-1300
  • Hours: 24/7; hours vary for certain amenities
  • Cost: Various options, including monthly or annual payment plans
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, child care, spa, cafe, waterslides, rock climbing wall

Visit this gym for free and take a tour to see if the facilities are right for your family. It offers basketball courts, a rock-climbing wall, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming, cardio equipment, free weights, cycle studios and fitness studios. There is surely something for everyone – not to mention, you can workout day and night.

Lifetime Fitness Novi

  • Address: 40000 High Pointe Blvd., Novi
  • Phone: 248-735-0100
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Various options, including monthly or annual payment plans
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, Life Cafe, Life Spa, swimming lessons, child care center, triathlon coaching, personal training, cycling classes

This all-inclusive club features free lockers and towels, extensive classes and, of course, lets you work out any time of day. Looking to lift weights at 2 a.m.? You can do that here! No long-term contracts.

Lifetime Fitness Rochester Hills

  • Address: 200 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-601-9400
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Various options, including monthly or annual payment plans
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, cycling classes, rock climbing wall, Life Spa, Life Cafe, child care

This facility also has personal trainers, fitness programs for kids and various group fitness class options for parents, along with gym equipment.

Lifetime Fitness Troy

  • Address: 4700 Investment Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-267-1000
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Various options, including monthly or annual payment plans
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes

This Lifetime's family options let children try new activities or get involved in kids' sport and fitness classes. You'll find many of the chain's hallmarks here, including programs for all ages, personal trainers and healthy food options.

Livonia Family YMCA

  • Address: 14255 Stark Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-261-2161
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, racquetball, tennis, basketball

This has a gym, swimming pool, tennis and racquetball and a variety of classes for parents and kids alike. Youth options include several sports (from basketball and T-ball to soccer and volleyball), dance, martial arts and Girls on the Run (ages 8-13).

Livonia Recreation Center

  • Address: 15100 Hubbard St., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2900
  • Hours: 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Call for pricing information
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care

Your kids will love the variety of activities offered at this community center. They can lounge on the lazy river or get their adrenaline pumping on the rock-climbing wall. Find plenty of fun fitness class offerings, too.

 

Macomb Family YMCA in Mount Clemens

  • Address: 10 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-468-1411
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, racquetball

From preschool cheerleading and kindergarten hip-hop classes to youth options like swim lessons/team, basketball, T-ball, gymnastics and volleyball, this Y has plenty from which to choose. Offers a gym and classes oriented at parents too.

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center in Ann Arbor

  • Address: 2960 Washtenaw Ave. at Platt Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-971-6355
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $495 annually for a county resident family pass; $745 for a nonresident family pass
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, locker room, indoor party pavilion

This fitness center has many ways for you to work out, including free weights, cardio machines, classes and more – plus perks such as community events and summer camps, to name just two.

North Oakland Family YMCA in Auburn Hills

  • Address: 3378 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-370-YMCA
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact the branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, indoor track, basketball court, waterslide

For the latest trend in fitness training, try the new CrossFit classes at this Y branch. These smaller classes are like taking a group personal training course – and the workouts are designed to get you toned and feeling fit. There are plenty of other programs for parents, too, plus kids' fun including swimming, basketball, baseball, T-ball, softball, floor hockey, dance, martial arts and preschool enrichment.

Northville Parks and Recreation

  • Addresses (two locations): Recreation Center at Hillside: 700 W. Baseline Road; Northville Community Center: 303 W. Main St.
  • Phone: 248-349-0203
  • Hours: class times vary
  • Cost: Varies based on activity; $1-$8/person
  • Amenities: Gyms, fitness area, pool

Group fitness classes are taught by experienced certified instructors in the arts of yoga, cardio, Zumba, water fitness and strength classes. Year-round drop-in activities include pickleball, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, open swim and lap swimming.

ONE Training Studio in Novi

  • Address: Novi Commerce Center, 40400 Grand River Ave., Suites I and J, Novi
  • Phone: 888-309-5311
  • Hours: Vary by class; check ahead for details
  • Cost: Varies by class; check ahead for details
  • Amenities: ONE Body Fit-For-Life signature programs, personal training, small group training, kids programs, nutrition counseling, free babysitting (select days, by reservation)

Classes are the name of the game at this family-oriented center founded in late 2012, from adult classes (try kettle bell, Zumba, a real-life version of popular TV video workout Insanity!) to memberships that include intensive workouts and lots of food and nutrition advice. Check out its Healthy Kids Family Workshops, too.

Richard A. Young Recreation Center in Dearborn Heights

  • Address: 5400 McKinley St., Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-277-7080
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $199 annually for a resident family pass; $299 for a nonresident family pass (renewed annually; passes are less)
  • Amenities: Gym, classes

For a low-key community gym that offers all the fitness equipment you'll need, try this facility. There are also several community events throughout the year, like daddy-daughter and mother-son dances.

South Oakland Family YMCA in Royal Oak

  • Address: 1016 W. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-547-0030
  • Hours: 5 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Rates vary; contact branch for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care

This neighborhood fitness facility has programs to get both kids and adults active while having fun. Visit the website to search for the perfect fits for your family.

Summit on the Park in Canton

  • Address: 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton Township
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $630 annually for a resident family pass; $1,260 for a nonresident family pass
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, racquetball, child care

Your kids will be begging to go back again after playing on the looping sky-high indoor water slide and lazy river. They're sure to get hooked on plenty of other activities, too, at this facility that also features a racquetball court, running track and even an outdoor splash area – not to mention over 65 fitness classes per week.

Troy Community Center

  • Address: 3179 Livernois Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-526-2655
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Monthly pass costs vary depending on if you want to include classes and whether you are a resident; call for details
  • Amenities: Gym, swimming pool, classes, sports teams, child care, outdoor playgrounds, walking paths, game room

Do you have little tykes and teens? Try this destination, complete with a game room, "Teen Scene" and pool that boasts slides and a water toy area. This family-friendly center is perfect for mom and dad too – there's cardiovascular equipment, circuit-training machines, free weights and aerobic and dance studios.

West Bloomfield JCC

  • Address: 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-661-1000
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: Various pricing levels depending on age, type of membership; call for details
  • Amenities: Gym, classes, personal trainers, indoor/outdoor pools, indoor/outdoor tracks, basketball leagues, inline hockey leagues

Water workouts go to a new level at this facility that offers a Wet Jam or Hydrotoning class. Not a swimmer? There are still options for everyone no matter your fitness level, including two indoor tracks. West Bloomfield JCC also now offers kickboxing classes.

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