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Fitness and Health

Fitness Centers

Public and nonprofit facilities and programs

The Health & Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College, 4833 E. Huron River Dr. (734) 975-9950. Track, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, pools, steam room and sauna, whirlpools, platform tennis court, exercise classes, medically integrated fitness programs for those managing a medical condition (referral required), and personal training. Classes free to members. Call for membership fees. Mon.-Thurs. 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. (May 1-Aug. 31) 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and (Sept. 1-Apr. 30) 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Child care available up to 2 hours while members are on-site for children (ages 6 months-11 years) of members and registered guests. Also, Primo Coffee café with light fare and Wi-Fi. inquiry@wccfitness.org, wccfitness.org S

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. (734) 971-6355. This county-owned facility has a walk-run track, double gym, indoor pool, cardio and strength-training equipment, personal trainers, group fitness classes, swim instruction, and more. Annual memberships: individuals (ages 16-61) $230; seniors (ages 62-79), disabled (documented) & youths (ages 3-15) $180; seniors (age 80 and over) $60; families (up to 6 members, only 2 over 18), $495; nonresident rates are higher (6-month memberships available). Thirty-day trial passes $45; summer passes (May 1-Aug 20) $80. Drop-in fees: resident (ages 16-61) $8 (nonresident $9); resident youths (ages 3-15), disabled & seniors (age 62 and up) $6 (nonresident $7). Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m. See website for class schedules. parks.ewashtenaw.org (click on MLM Rec Center) S

U-M Recreational Sports. (734) 763-3084. Three comprehensive on-campus open recreation facilities: Central Campus Recreation Bldg. (CCRB), 401 Washtenaw; North Campus Recreation Bldg. (NCRB), 2375 Hubbard; and Intramural Sports Bldg. (IMSB), 606 E. Hoover. Membership open to U-M affiliates, spouses/partners, and friends, and alumni. Activities include swimming, basketball, racquetball, cardio and weight equipment, and group fitness classes (Group-X). Intramural sports open to all Rec Sports members. Outdoor grass and turf fields available for rental and drop-in use. S

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Two pools (one zero-depth entry), 3-court gym, and activities and classes for infants to seniors. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Teen, family, and adult memberships; financial assistance available. See website for fees and information. annarborymca.org S


Jogging & Walking

The city's plentiful parkland, including long stretches of scenic riverfront pathways, provides miles of off-road running. Many Ann Arborites don't even have to leave their own neighborhoods to find prime jogging space.

The Health & Fitness Center at WCC, (734) 975-9950, has a two-lane, 1/8-mile indoor track. wccfitness.org

The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, (734) 971-6355, has a two-lane, 1/12-mile indoor track (see General Programs & Facilities listing for fees) and a free 1.4-mile, 18-fitness-station trail (with directions and equipment) at County Farm Park behind the building.

The YMCA (734) 996-9622, has an unbanked 13-laps-to-the-mile indoor track above the gym.

The U-M has an 1/8-mile indoor track at the CCRB (734) 763-3084 and a 1/10-mile indoor track at the NCRB, (734) 763-4560. For outdoor runners, Palmer Field features a 1/4th mile track.

Briarwood mall opens its doors early (8 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. Sun.) to walkers year round.


Lifetime Fitness

U-M Kinesiology Community Programs. (734) 647-2708. Designed for seniors but open to all, at Macy's Court in Briarwood Mall, 9-10 a.m. Aerobic exercise and stretching (Mon., Wed., Fri.), chair yoga (Tues.), and Zumba (Thurs.) Free (donation requested). kebwink@umich.edu, kines.umich.edu/KCP, (click Lifetime Fitness)


Yoga

Public and nonprofit classes

Health & Fitness Center at WCC. (734) 975-9950. Classes for beginning, intermediate, and experienced levels include power, slow flow, and in traditional and flow, Anusara, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Vinyasa, and Iyengar. Free to members. See website for schedule. wccfitness.org

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53149. Classes year round in Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin-Yasa Yoga, family yoga, prenatal yoga, therapeutic yoga, chair yoga, better back yoga, yoga for anxiety and depression, and others, plus classes and camps for youth. cendrowv@aaps.k12.mi.us, aareced.com

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga instruction: focused classes for all levels and ages. Specialty classes for pregnancy, teens, runners and more. annarborymca.org S




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