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Franklin Athletic Club

29350 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034
Area: Southfield

This place must be the largest health club in Michigan. Emphasizing racquet sports, the facility's 225,000 square feet of workout bliss boasts 13 tennis courts, a number of racquetball courts and a full service restaurant and bar. But those seeking a cardio sweat, strength routine or lap swim, are not the least slighted.

Over 20 treadmills, 12 ellipticals and 12 bikes pack the arena-like fitness floor. Life Fitness is the brand of choice, which most fitness fans, including us, value. In addition, the club hosts a variety of aerobic and strength classes and houses separate yoga and spin studios.

Swimmers will not be overly excited by Franklin's lap option. At 18 meters it's a little short of our preferred distance of 25 yards, but floating lines and bottom stripes lead the way. And we did find a full assortment of toys and a pace clock on deck. During summer, the liquid options significantly improve with Franklin's outdoor 25-meter lapper. Usually, 3 lanes are set up with floating lines and bottom stripes, but call to ensure a water aerobics class isn't occupying the entire pool.

Note: Access to non-members is slightly steep at $25.

Work Out Onsite

TreadmillsLife Fitness, Precor, StarTrac
Upright BikeLife Fitness
Recumbent BikeLife Fitness, Cybex
EllipticalPrecor, Life Fitness
StepperLife Fitness, StairMaster, StarTrac
Dumbbells3-110 lbs
Free WeightsYes
Hammer StrengthYes
MachinesCybex, Life Circuit
In / Out#1 Outdoor, #2 Indoor
Lap-Swim Grade#1 B, #2 D+
Lanes#1 3, #2 4
Length#1 25 meters, #2 20 meters
Temperature #1 82 degrees, #2 85 degrees
ToysKickboards, Pull-buoys, Fins, Pace clock
HoursM-F 5a to 10p, Sat-Sun 5:30a to 9p
TV1/12-mile indoor track, Racquetball

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