I have had a membership at:
Western Michigan University
I have visited/worked out at:
Kalamazoo Athletic Club
Bronson Athletic Club
Reviews (I will rate in * to signify how many stars I give them (1-4))
*Fitzone- It was close to my place of residence when I was an undergrad student. The hours were not helpful for a working person. The gym opened around 7 am (if I remember correctly) and it closed at 8pm. The classes were free, the cardio equipment was up to date, and I had a trainer who i really enjoyed (that was free too). There were no showers in the facility and it was very small.
**Western Michigan University- I liked working out at Western. This is a college gym and offers memberships although if you are not a student with a pass you would need to pay for parking at the meters. The bad part about it was that during the normal school year the gym was busy and you could barely get on any cardio machine. The summer session months were fantastic. No waits and not very many people. The facility has AC but it is MUCH cooler in the weight room area. The locker rooms were huge with many showers and lots of counter space to get ready. The pool in the REC was free to use although I only used the sauna throughout my entire WMU career. I pushed myself the most at this gym and lost nearly 30 lbs summer 2010. The hours were funky based on the time of year/holidays/etc.
**SWAT- I began working out at SWAT when I was the most fit I have been in my adult life. I wanted something that was busier, afforable and offered classes, such as spin. The locker rooms were nicer than WMU's and FitZone's but lacked in size. There was no pool included in the membership but most of the classes were free. I quickly realized that I enjoyed the classes (pedominately spinning- which ended up being the only reason why I would go in the end) in lieu of the cardio equipement and weights. Cardio equipment is placed in front of tvs to watch or has tvs mounted. The class instructors were informative but I felt that few were personable. DH says it is the "beefy gym" because many who would go look like body builders. I did not like the "big box" feel of a corporate gym. After a while I noticed that I was not happy or motivated and discontinued going months before my membership expired. Something was off putting although I struggle to figure it out myself. The hours of operation were good.
****West Hills- I began going as a guest in 2008/2009. The cardio equipment was my usual reason for visiting. There are TVS in front of the cardio area to watch and many options of cardip equipment to choose from. The locker room is clean and open with lots of room, a sauna, whirlpool, showers, etc. In 2010 my friend got me into spinning and I began going twice a week as a guest. I have loved each instructor for different reasons and have found West Hills spinning to be more like training on the road- no complaints. I have loved this gym for many years and finally committed on a membership. The only things I dislike are how many floors there are (3), no pool unless you go to WMU's (and pay at the meters) and the cost of playing tennis on a court ($12/hr) in addition to the membership. I am not a tennis player, but I would try it if the cost was not additional. The hours are great for the working person.
*YMCA- Portage- I am basing my rating off of one tour. I was not pleased with the lay out of the gym. It seemed very seperated and almost like walking through a middle school. I was disappointed that many of the classes offered had to be paid for in addition to the cost of the membership (which was just under the amount of west hills). The staff were very friendly and helpful. The pools looked amazing, no hot tub for a soak- boo.
*YMCA- Kalamazoo- I went to this gym as a guest twice. It's layout was maze-like. The locker rooms were very big. The pool and hot tub (huge) were together and there was another hot tub in each locker room. The spin equipment was not too bad and the cardio equipement looked up to date. I liked this YMCA better than Portage but the price, layout, and price of classes in addition to the membership made the choice of not going somewhat easier.
***Kalamazoo Athletic Club- located in the Radisson, this is a perfect place for someone who works downtown. Parking is an issue if you only come for the gym rather than to work as well. The locker rooms were beauitful... the pool is gorgeous. The cardio and weight area is very small. The staff are helpful and personable. Equipment is up to date. I did not look into prices as going to a gym downtown is not possible for me as I live futher away from here than any other gym I have looked at and I work 1.5 hrs + from its location.
****Bronson Athletic Club- I have not known anyone to hate this gym. It is huge! and beautiful... the locker rooms were amazing... and you walk it and feel like you are royalty (okay maybe not quite like that but I definitely feel the need to be pampered when I go). The pool and hot tubs are wonderful. The track is nice because as you run you get to see what is going on in the pool, the weight area, the cardio area, and physical therapy area. The class rooms are spacious, the instructors were good, the staff was helplful and when you get hurt the staff is more than helpful in making sure you are okay (this only happened once but I was lifted into a wheel chair for a bad sprain 1 month before my wedding. They gave me a free pass since I didnt get to stay and finish out my work out and checked me out before I left). This gym had everything that I could think of wanting in a gym and more. The biggest downfall was the price and unfortunately it is not very afforable for the average income working family.
Here ya go folks. My ratings for the gyms locally that I have been to, worked out at, or have had memberships at. I hope that you have found them helpful
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