Kyle Anderson, Farmington Family YMCA executive director, stands in the YMCA’s updated Healthy Living Center Feb. 8. The new and updated power and weight room at the Farmington Family YMCA has new equipment for a more modern workout.

Kyle Anderson, Farmington Family YMCA executive director, stands in the YMCA’s updated Healthy Living Center Feb. 8. The new and updated power and weight room at the Farmington Family YMCA has new equipment for a more modern workout.

Photo by Donna Agusti


See what’s new at the Y

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published February 13, 2018

 The pools at the Farmington Family YMCA are staffed with lifeguards who are audited regularly.

The pools at the Farmington Family YMCA are staffed with lifeguards who are audited regularly.

Photo by Donna Agusti

FARMINGTON HILLS — How does the Farmington Family YMCA, which opened in 1965, stay current while still promoting its rich history?

Through renovation and new programs, YMCA officials say.

The thousands of families, seniors and youths who call the Farmington Family YMCA home might have noticed major changes lately at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Farmington Hills branch, located at 28100 Farmington Road.

The Farmington YMCA recently underwent a renovation, with a sparkling new fitness center complete with all of the latest technological bells and whistles.

“We called this update the Farmington Fitness Experience Makeover, and the renovations are now complete,” Kyle Anderson, executive director of the Farmington Family YMCA, said in a press release. “There were really three areas that had a complete update.” 

Those areas include the training room, which was redone to tailor to small-group and personal training; the power and weight room, which was decked out with new benches, dumbbells and Precor fitness equipment; and the Healthy Living Center, which was given a modern look with new equipment.

During a Feb. 8 tour of the Farmington Family YMCA, Anderson talked about how patrons can connect their phones via Bluetooth technology to some exercise machines via a Preva Fitness app. The app also tracks patrons’ fitness regimens and progress, according to a press release.

Anderson said that child care was initially offered in what is now the training room, which was a cramped space for that purpose — but the room, renovated in September and October, is the perfect size for training.

“As we were trying to grow with some things, personal training was one of the areas we needed to grow, and it worked very well,” he said.

The remaining renovations ran through January, Anderson said.

The power and weight room was the YMCA’s old free weight room. New additions to the room for a more structured, up-to-date look include diamond-plate wall panels, light-emitting diode lights and new equipment.

A new swim program has also joined the Y.

According to a press release, the Farmington Family YMCA and other metro Detroit branches are ensuring safety benchmarks in all of their classes, and parents and children can track their progress.

Classes are offered for people of all ages, and new seven-week sessions will start at the end of February. The Farmington Family YMCA also offers semi-private and private lessons year-round.   

Aquatic Manager Dena Bernstein said that the Farmington Family YMCA is proud of its most recent award, the Silver International Aquatic Safety Award.

According to a press release, the lifeguard staff at the Farmington Family YMCA received this award for exceeding the criteria for the aquatic safety certification. The award is from Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants.

Bernstein said that every three months, the swim program is audited, and in-house, the lifeguards are audited daily.

“We apparently did well,” Bernstein said, adding that the new aspects of the swim program are “fantastic.”

For more information, go to ymcadetroit.org/farmington.