In the heart of Detroit’s sports and entertainment district, across from Music Hall stands one of America’s most expensive gyms. It was designed by Albert Kahn and is currently known as the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC). It is not a typical gym or athletic club that you would envision – it has been known to be an exclusive place for athletes in their prime who want more than just exercise equipment.
How much does a Detroit athletic club membership cost?
Detroit Athletic Club members pay a monthly fee of $150 to $400 per month, depending on the type of membership they apply for. This is in addition to an initial entrance fee that is around $2,500. It might seem like a high initial fee, but it was actually brought down during the economic crisis, from about $5,000.
In order to get into the club, an applicant must first be recommended. After being recommended by a current member of the club and having three recommendation letters from other members, they must go through an interview process with the board members. If everything goes well enough for them during this intense interviewing process, then applicants are finally able to pay dues and become active within The Club.
SneakerReport.com’s review of the club reveals that it may be one of America’s most expensive clubs, with a monthly membership cost upwards of $400 per month according to their investigation. The same price was confirmed by Complex.com in its own article on this pricey gym.
Investing in a membership to this country club is not easy. One member on Reddit claims the signup fee was $1,500 and the monthly dues were about $150. As mentioned, you would need at least 3 letters of recommendation from established members in order to be considered for entry into this exclusive gem hidden amongst Detroit’s suburbs. In 2014 though, The Detroit News reported that prices increased significantly – up roughly two-thirds as much – with entrance fees now sitting around $3,500 per month.
Detroit athletic club membership details
The club features a wide variety of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, classes, and golf leagues to keep you in shape. It also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool with lanes for lap swims; a basketball court, a running track, a weight room, a gymnasium, and an eight-lane bowling alley.
The club offers all the gym amenities you need, plus a tranquility spa and on-site tailoring. You will also have access to a business center, shoe shining services, a library, overnight hotel rooms, dining options, and personal training options.
Any extra costs to consider?
As anyone who has visited or worked out at any gym can attest, taking advantage of personal trainers and/or nutritional program options will be an additional fee. Leagues and tournament fees are not usually included in the fee either. Also, some events hosted by the DAC will come at a price as well.
Important tips to remember
Events are a great way to meet people and make connections. If you don’t know anyone who attends the club, consider going out in your city where members may be attending events that attract them. Talk with some of those members at these events about how they might be able to help you get recommendations. As some people point out in different forums online, becoming a member isn’t as hard as they make it seem.
The Detroit Athletic Club has a very strict dress code. For example, no denim clothing or any color flip-flops are allowed on the club’s grounds. You should check out their official page for more details of what’s permitted and what they are against.
Currently, the club has more than 4000 active members.
How can you save some money?
Aside from lowering their rates, the gym is not always in a position to offer special promotions or sales. The prices are set and you will usually not find any discounts or coupons anywhere online. One way in which you can cut the membership expenses that people usually don’t know about is through some charity acts or sponsorship opportunities. Ask active members about charities that have partnerships with the club, to make sure that you get a discount on your membership while also helping people in need.