North Oakland Family YMCA Review – Pics – Video – Auburn Hills MI YMCA review, info, video, and pics. Gym, indoor track, pool, and program info.
The North Oakland Family YMCA in Auburn Hills has closed per a 10/6/20 announcement. The facility served the area for 16 years and will be greatly missed by Oakland County Moms dot com.
YMCADetroit.org made the following announcement…
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Executive Committee passed a motion to permanently close the North Oakland YMCA effective today, October 6, 2020, to help minimize financial losses and to generate operating revenue to sustain the organization. “The North Oakland Family YMCA has served the community for 16 years and now its operating costs significantly exceed its membership revenues,” stated Helene Weir, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.
“This is hard, we never want to close any of our YMCAs, they serve as valuable centers of community, however, we can not ignore that we were closed for six months and we simply do not have the resources to subsidize underperforming operations,” said Weir. She added, the YMCA has been serving this community for 168 years, and today’s focus must be on our recovery plan to ensure the YMCA is here to support future generations.
NORTH OAKLAND FAMILY YMCA REVIEW
Since working out in a basement can be boring for children, I started looking at local clubs to see what could provide the most “bang for my buck” when it came to exercise for the whole family.
I didn’t know a great deal about the various YMCA locations around Metro Detroit before I looked into North Oakland Family YMCA. I guess I always pictured a YMCA to be a dingy facility with dated equipment. I was wrong! The YMCA North Oakland branch is a modern, clean, and complete workout facility!
NORTH OAKLAND FAMILY YMCA VIDEO TOUR
NORTH OAKLAND FAMILY YMCA REVIEW FEATURES
The North Oakland Family YMCA indoor track is on the 2nd level of the Y that’s 1/8 of a mile long and gives you a nice view of the workout facility and the basketball courts from above.
The basketball courts are impeccably clean and feature 6 separate basketball goals. The hoops can each be raised or lowered so it’s perfect for kids. I’ve been to the Y at all hours and have never had any problems getting staff to help to lower the hoops so my son can practice. While the basketball courts are often being used, I’ve never had a problem being crowded out. There is enough space for everyone! The courts are modern, brightly lit and I really like that they are highly visible because of the glass walls that surround them and the indoor track which runs along the top of the courts.
The upper level North Oakland YMCA fitness area is a fully functional gym. It includes more than enough treadmills (you’ll never have to wait for one), eliptical stair machines, and numerous stationary bikes. Even during peak hours, I’ve never had any problems finding an open treadmill. Numerous Cybex machines can provide a full-body workout via circuit training. There are free weights and exercise machines at the Y as well, in the upper level. There are always nationally certified trainers on hand to help and there is also a FitLinxx Computerized Wellness Tracking System computer where you can log your exercise and rate your progress as you move through your own customized fitness program.
The North Oakland Family YMCA indoor pool is 10,000 square feet and features swimming lanes, shallow play area and an indoor water slide. The shallow play area has fun sprayers and large buckets of water that fill up and splash wading youngsters. I like the fact that the water temperature is always in the low-eighties. My kids always had a problem with swimming lessons at the local high school because the water was SO cold!
Safety is paramount at the North Oakland Family YMCA. Many lifeguards are staffed at all times and rotate shifts every few minutes. One lifeguard sits within very close proximity to the kids play area and one lifeguard monitors the swim lanes on foot never more than two feet from the water. Children aren’t allowed to use the waterslide until the lifeguards can determine they can use it safely. Before using the waterslide, each child must be able to jump into the 7 ft deep end, tread for one full minute and complete one swim lap without stopping.
There are numerous North Oakland Family YMCA programs that are offered year-round and seasonally at the Y and the cost of the programs are discounted for members.
The three North Oakland Family YMCA exercise studios host a variety of programs/classes including: Zumba, kickboxing, step-aerobics, crosstraining, lo-impact aerobics, yoga, silversneakers, karate (and more).
The North Oakland Family YMCA gym has: adult hoops leagues, youth hoops leagues, pick up basketball, pickleball, batting cages, volleyball, various skills classes, cheerleading and tumbling classes and more.
The aquatic center at North Oakland Family YMCA features: Life guard training, swim lessons for 3-5 year olds, youth swim lessons, teen swim lessons, adult swim lessons, private swim, adult therapeutic water fitness, aqua boot camp, special needs swim lessons, competitive swimming and diving,
Childwatch (Families with Facility Memberships Only)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:30p-8p
Tue, Thursday 4:30p-8:45p
North Oakland Family YMCA Kids Club (Families with Facility Memberships Only)
Mon, Wed, Fri 4:30p-8p
Tue, Thurs 4:30p-8:45p
Kids Club is designed for 6-10 year olds. Activities include basketball, arts and crafts. This area is also staffed under the adult supervision. Kids are encouraged to do their homework at Kids Club and staff will even help them if they need it!
The front lobby at the North Oakland Family YMCA doubles as a lounge. I really like the layout. It has a small cafe that features smoothies and snacks. Most clubs have this amenity but I was pleasantly surprised at how well-priced their smoothies and snacks were. Coffee is free and there are some cafe tables and chairs to relax at after your workout. The lounge near the entrance of the lobby has a large-screened TV and comfortable couches.
I am beyond impressed with the staff at North Oakland Family YMCA. They all interact well with themselves and with members and truly seem to enjoy their jobs! There are numerous staff members, trainers and lifeguards throughout the facility. You never have to search for something. They are friendly from the moment you walk through the door and are eager to help you in any phase of your visit. I’ve belonged to numerous clubs and I’ve never seen a staff so dedicated to making fitness and learning a fun, family event.
North Oakland Family YMCA parties are two hours long. One hour for North Oakland Family YMCA pool time or gym time and one hour in the kitchen for food, cake, gifts, etc. We’ve tried both the pool party and the gym party.
North Oakland Family YMCA Hours
3378 E. Walton Blvd.
Auburn Hills, 48326