MVP Sports Club is a family-friendly athletic club that was started in March 2005 by the Devos family, owner of the Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears professional sports franchises. The idea was to use the lure of sports as a way to enhance the health of residents. It’s first location—the MVP Sportsplex, opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan after the initial sports center, the RDV Sportsplex (a one-of-a-kind, 365,000 square foot, $60 million state-of-the-art fitness, wellness, sports and recreation facility built in 1998) was dedicated to the Devos family by the RDV Sports and Florida Hospital. By blending sports, fitness, retail, and medicine by Florida Hospital, the MVP facility remains one of the most unique and comprehensive multi-purpose health and athletic facilities in the country.
- Trainers and nutrition
- Price & contracts
MVP Sports Club offers over 300 classes on a monthly basis, including Zone Training. The club also offers many classes to help customers reach their fitness goals. In terms of affordability, the classes are included in the monthly or annual membership fee at no additional cost. This can be $33/week or more, depending on the location. Some fitness centers only offer a few classes at a discounted rate if you have a membership. MVP definitely stands out in this area.
Trainers and Nutrition
For those seeking assistance with nutrition and fitness, MVP Sports Fitness' Tennis Department offers private tennis lessons with qualified coaches. Private lessons may be purchased at the service desk. For information on private lesson rates and coach availability, you have to call the Tennis Manager directly. MVP also offers nutrition and fitness coaching for one-on-one and small group training. Rates for one-one-one training range from $40 for one half an hour session to $810 for 25 sessions. Hour-long sessions for one-on-one training range from $70 for one session to $1,463 for 25 sessions.
Group sessions are slightly less expensive:
2-4 Participants, $20 each/session
5-8 Participants, $17 each/session
2-4 Participants, $36 each/session
5-8 Participants, $26 each/session
MVP Sports Club offers the following additional amenities:
* Studios for daily mind/body, cycling, strength and cardio classes
* Locker facility
* Free daily lockers, private locker rental and laundry options
* Towel service included
* Steam room
* 25-yard lap pool and warm water therapy pool
* Hot tub
* Five (5) tennis courts
* Basketball and racquetball courts
* 1/10-mile jogging/walking track
* Supervised area for children 0-11 years of age
* Weekly programming provided
Price & Contracts
MVP offers an introductory three-day free trial membership for new customers. You get to choose between two membership options: annual and month-to-month. The club offers several membership types:
- All-Star Primary Member
- All-Star Associate Member
- All-Star Youth Member
- All-Star Child Member
- All-Star Family Member
- All-Star Student Member
- All-Star Golden Member
- All-Star Golden Associate Member
- Corporate Member
Having both annual and month-to-month plans is very competitive among fitness centers. There are a growing number of fitness centers that offer month-to-month, but MVP currently offers this option, making joining this gym easier for many people who may find they are not using their membership enough to justify paying the monthly fees. Also MVP is corporate with numbers of companies in Grand Rapids and offer discounts. The downside to their monthly membership is that you also have to pay an upfront enrollment fee. (The enrollment fee is also not specified.)
- Upfront fees
- Inconsistencies in cleanliness
Overall, we found it disappointing that MVP did not offer a pricing list-even a general one. When we contacted them via email, the representative responded within 24 hours but did not provide specific pricing information-even when our inquiry specifically asked about pricing. She did offer to look for discounts if we wanted a corporate membership; however, other fitness centers simply post the membership fees on their websites, saving customers the hassle.
Some customer reviews revealed some instances of pricing. At their Rockford, Michigan location, MVP's family rate is $138/month. In another location, the price was $33/week. These prices are considerably more expensive for customers.
The annual fee has no enrollment fees while the month-to-month does charge an annual fee; however, MVP Sports Club does not list its upfront fees. You have to either email the gym directly using their online contact form on the website, or contact by phone. Other fitness centers are much more transparent about these upfront fees on their websites. A few customers have reported MVP's fees in their reviews. We found that MVP charges an enrollment fee of $300. Such fees are extremely expensive for everyday customers and more than the average enrollment fee with other fitness centers (if any).
Since MVP is not openly advertising its upfront fees, it is uncertain that there are any hidden fees, such as an annual/cleaning or maintenance fee. This makes it very difficult to discern for yourself what you'll be paying when considering signing up. Some of their branch websites-such as their Grand Rapids, Michigan website-have a pricing request option where you have to submit an online form with your name, address and other information. Since pricing may be the major factor when considering joining a gym, we found that other fitness centers do advertise their fees on their website and we found this unfavorable for potential customers.
The quality of MVP's exercise equipment is unfavorable according to customers. They reported that the equipment was outdated and in some cases junky. Some popular reviews report that MVP's cardio machines touch screens were dead, machines were out of order and most had "hitchy" tracks (choppy range of motion). MVP doesn't appear to have enough free weight machines to accommodate a large group of users at one time. Overall, the quantity of their equipment remains unspecified on the website and marketing materials. Cleaning policies are also unavailable to first-time customers. These policies may be revealed in the paperwork upon signup.
Inconsistencies in Cleanliness
Regarding Cleanliness, there is a general consensus among customers across the country that MVP's facilities are extremely clean and well-maintained. However, the level of cleanliness depends on the location. For example, customers in Lansdale, Pennsylvania reported a very clean, properly sanitized facility while customers in New York City and Michigan found the shower areas and steam room to be "disgusting" and that the staff's presence was inconsistent.
According to MVP, the gym offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment and studios for all of their classes. We checked to see if MVP has any policies in place for regular cleaning by customers using the machines as well as staff maintenance, but did not find any information available. There were other fitness centers with more disclosure in this area, especially since they were open with their membership rates and upfront fees, the "fine print" of their policies were more visible too.