615 Briarwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI | Directions 4810842.240350 -83.740256
Neighborhoods: Bryant Pattengill West
Track is a gymnasium -- not for running – Was a member for 15 years, but left a year or so ago when it was Bally's. They pack them in like sardines in this small facility. I'm a runner and the indoor track of 14 laps a mile was the enticement, but don't call the track a track, in the last five years it has become a gymnasium, trainers walking and having their clients swinging weighs -- standing stationary in one of its three lanes conversing or bouncing balls. Three assigned lanes - walking, jogging and running, but forget any order if you're a runner as walkers walk anywhere even taking up ALL three lanes, even athletic trainers and clients all over the track, ... there's absolutely no control or order. If one complains their alternative answer is 'use a treadmill in the lower level.' Inside the track area is a room for dance-and-fitness classes, so these participants have to cross the track to get to this room, what a joke, numerous times I've had to completely stop when classes began or ended as the groups had no concern for anyone running and cross the track like a herd. Forget 8-10 AM when seniors are all over the track walking in ALL lanes, which is great for them, but no order and attempting to run can be very frustrating and mentioning that lane 1 is for walkers only brings out their irritation and replies of 'I'll do what I want.'
The track is useless if you want to run. Trainers are useless in controlling anything because they want to use the track as a GYMNASIUM for the $35-$40 an hour trainer fees they charge their clients. Most days, especially in the last five years, I left completely frustrated by the constant and consistent inconsideration of people all over the track and the uselessness of Bally's trainers in doing anything about it. Don't get me wrong, I don't need a lane just for me, but if membership and staff abided by the POSTED rules there would be NO issues as I was not the first to leave Bally's, because of this issue, and in 10/11 it changed hands and is now LA Fitness. But I've been told NOTHING has changed.
It's all right if you want to use the weights and primp before the mirrors in regards to the mating scene, which is another joke.
Athletic club --- NO
This budget gym trims the fat off its patrons at streamlined facilities. – The Scene
Most Ballys stick to the basics for their design. Televisions broadcast silently above multiple rows of cardio machines; mirrored walls act as the primary decorative components. But thanks to high-energy television ads and low-impact membership premiums, this national fitness chain has steadily attracted a clientele bent on saving money while losing weight or gaining muscle.
Using fairly standard strength-training equipment and/or racks well-stocked with free weights, the best of the trainers here, who are classified at four different levels, can be as skillful as those found at costlier gyms. For group classes, signature exercise options include Spinning and Powerflex, as well as a number of patented routines inspired by Tae Kwon Do.
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