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Novi Area
Gym Reviews


By: Chris Lilla




Anytime Fitness

47980 Grand River Ave.



Cost: $$

The #1 gym franchise in the world has just opened another gym right here in Novi! Just across from Providence Park Hospital, Anytime Fitness is waiting for you to stop in and sign up. Anytime Fitness prides itself on being a friendly, but serious training facility. When you walk in the door, you are greeted by their top of the line trainers, but you better be ready to get your sweat on, because these trainers are here to push you to your limits. Anytime Fitness is a 24/7 gym! They have top of the line workout equipment, offer classes and boot camps, and also have a neat online tool, “Anytime Health,” where you can set your goals, track your progress, and share your success. Come check them out today!

  • 24/7 Access
  • Personal Training
  • Private Bathrooms
  • TVs on all cardio equipment
  • Tanning 24/7

Lifetime Fitness

40000 High Pointe Blvd. (west off Haggerty south of 9 Mile)



Cost: $$$$

Lifetime Fitness has it all. The moment you walk through the doors, you know you have found the perfect gym. Lifetime of Novi has established their selves as the gym to be at in Novi. Lifetime has state of the art workout equipment in their weight training and cardiovascular training area upstairs. On the lower level you have basketball courts, racquetball and squash courts, and a rock wall. Lifetime is family oriented, and has indoor and outdoor leisure pools with waterslides, as well as an Olympic size indoor swimming pool. They also have a child center.

  • Olympic size indoor lap pool

  • Indoor/outdoor leisure pool

  • Indoor/outdoor pool slides

  • Rock climbing wall

  • Basketball courts

  • Squash courts

  • Racquetball courts

  • Full spa

  • Child care center

  • Complimentary classes

  • Café

  • Open 24/7

Planet Fitness

31124 Beck Rd.



Cost: $


Planet Fitness is by far the most affordable gym in Novi. They have a full free weight training area to go along with their cardio machines. They also have a nice circuit training area. Planet Fitness is the only gym to include unlimited tanning and red light therapy in their memberships. They are also the only gym to allow members to bring unlimited guests. This location is on the far side of Novi, but there is also a location in downtown Northville for those on the south side of town.

  • Free fitness training

  • Unlimited guest privileges

  • Unlimited tanning

  • Unlimited red light therapy

  • Unlimited use of massage chairs

  • ˝ off cooler drinks

  • Use of all Planet Fitness locations

Powerhouse Gym

44125 W. 12 Mile Rd. (12 Mile Crossing / Fountain Walk - north side)



Cost: $$

Did you know that the nation’s largest Powerhouse gym is right here in Novi? Powerhouse is a 60,000 sq. ft. facility that has everything you need. From their weight training and cardio floors to the Olympic size lap pool.  Powerhouse offers complimentary classes from zumba to spinning. Their personal trainers are all certified and world class. Powerhouse also offers a women’s only zone on the second floor of their facility, have a child center, and a full café.

  • Olympic size indoor lap pool

  • Basketball court

  • Racquetball courts

  • Women only workout section

  • Child care center

  • Café

  • Tanning

  • Complimentary classes

  • Open 24/7

Sports Club of Novi

42500 Nick Lidstrom Dr. (East off Novi Road south of 10 Mile).



Cost: $$$$

Sports club of Novi is exactly what it sounds like, but better. Sports club of Novi has state of the art tennis courts. Access to the courts is included in your membership. You definitely won’t find that amenity at any other gym in Novi. Sports Club of Novi has a great training facility with free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and an indoor/outdoor lap pool. Their 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor pool and deck is top notch as well!

  • Indoor/outdoor lap pool

  • Outdoor water park

  • Tennis courts

  • Martial arts classes

  • Dance classes

  • 800 sq. ft. video fitness arcade

  • Kids center

  • Café

  • Complimentary classes


Workout advice from Chris

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -Dale Carnegie

No matter the time of year or how busy you are, a simple break from the busy struggle of life can be beneficial in many ways. Exercising is a phenomenal stress management tool and great for the body! 30 minutes of physical activity daily can help the body in multiple ways. Other than weight control and maintaining good health, exercise can help prevent diseases including high blood pressure and heart disease. Regular exercise can give you a little energy boost which can help with your mood and your sleep habits. Exercise can even be fun!

Here are a few tips on staying in the habit:

Routine: You get up every morning and brush your teeth before you start your day. You eat, breath, and sleep daily. Add exercise to that daily or even weekly routine. You do not need to be in the gym 7 days a week, but getting to the gym on a regular schedule, whether it is two or five days a week, will help you keep on track. Set your schedule and stick to it!

Set goals: If you are a one of those seasonal gym individual’s, and fade out in the summer, try getting back in the gym a couple days a week and then back to your regular routine. If you are just thinking about starting, set a goal and go for it! Always set goals that are measurable and achievable.

Comfortable setting: Music is most people’s best friend in the gym. Throwing on your favorite music helps you focus and removes distraction. Having a partner in the gym helps too. A partner can motivate you to get to the gym, and can be very beneficial when you are pushing out those last couple reps. The most important factor in being comfortable is enjoying where you are working out. Find a gym you like and sign up! This is where I come in. I did the research for you and have the top five gyms around Novi listed here. Don’t sit at home thinking about this. Go out and get busy!

Chris Lilla