MVP Knows how to Help Parents Get Fit
My family started a membership with MVP a few months ago and we have been totally impressed by MVP. Their facilities are all state-of-the-art with world-class technology, industry-leading classes and spa-quality locker facilities.
I was also surprised to learn that MVP offers free valet parking services to their members during winter at some of their locations. And I love that they offer a free towel service and the bathrooms are stocked with hair/body shampoo, body lotion, and high-quality blow dryers!
I was ecstatic about the valet service last winter because the hassle of getting your kids into the gym on a cold, wintry day can be enough to keep you at home on the couch (guilty as charged!). Knowing I could pull right up to the front door and unload my kids was a helpful motivator to work out in the winter. And I like how the childcare area (“Kid’s Stuff”) at MVP Sportsplex (on Burton) is right next to the front door.
10 Reasons Mamas are OBSESSED with MVP Sports Clubs
If you know moms who go to MVP, then you may have noticed how enthusiastic they tend to be about working out and going with their family to MVP Sports Clubs. You may have wondered to yourself, “why do mamas go nuts over MVP?”
1- Supervised Kid’s Stuff Space
Simply put, I cannot say enough GREAT things about my kids’ experience at Kid’s Stuff. My boys are 4-years-old and 18-months-old and they both seem equally excited about playing with all the toys, friends, and childcare workers at MVP. My oldest son is always saying, “Mommy, can we go to the gym?!” which is another big motivator to head to MVP and work out.
Each morning from 9:30-11:30 at MVP Sportsplex, the kids are allowed to go into a sectioned-off part of the gym to play with balls, bikes, scooters and they even set up a bounce house on Fridays! I love working out during this time because I usually go on a cardio machine on the upper level of the gym and can look down and see my boys having a blast while I’m working out.
When it comes to childcare, I know many of you mamas are thinking about your kids’ safety and protecting them from germs. These things are always at the top of my mind, too, so I gathered some helpful information for you on these topics!
1- All MVP employees are background-checked.
2- Adults are not allowed behind the gate at Kids’ Stuff besides employees (except for rare instances when a parent’s assistance is required with their child).
3- MVP practices safety drills and employees are well-trained on how to handle emergencies.
4- Kids’ Stuff employees have a daily cleaning check list.
5- The floors and surfaces are cleaned every night by a cleaning crew AND the carpets are shampooed routinely.
Our kids are in exceptional care at MVP’s Kid’s Stuff and that makes a MVP membership well worth it! The uninterrupted, post-workout shower is just icing on the cake!
2- MVP Summer Camps
Melody, the GRKIDS founder, loved using MVP summer camps as an alternative daycare while she was working. Her kids had a BLAST at summer camps. She said:
“MVP Summer Camps saved my summer last year. As a part-time-work-from-home mom, I found it invaluable to have a place I could simultaneously take all of my kids. Plus, I could pick and choose which days of the week they went!”
Each week MVP Summer Camps offers a different theme and they start campers as young as 3-years-old (if potty trained).
“Summer day camps are awesome! My son looks forward to it every day! I love the different sports activities that he is able to participate in. Thanks!” -Cecilia G.
Here’s what kids experience at MVP Summer Camp:
- Water Play
- Sports and Active Fun
- Enthusiastic, Supportive Counselors
- And Lots MORE!
3- Indoor/Outdoor Pools
With five West Michigan locations, All-Star MVP members can visit various locations to keep things interesting. The two Grand Rapids locations – MVP Sportsplex and the MVP Athletic Club on Crahen – along with the Holland facility all offer unique, fun outdoor pool experiences. Each facility has an indoor pool for year-round use as well. Learn more about what each West Michigan outdoor pool facility offers below:
MVP Athletic Club – HOLLAND
Holland’s outdoor aquatic center features a Twisty Slide, Kid’s Activity Pool, Lap Lanes, Play Field, Putting Green, ½ Court Basketball, Playground, Concessions, and Family Picnic Area. 650 S Waverly Rd, Holland, Michigan WEBSITE
MVP Athletic Club – Grand Rapids – CRAHEN
Crahen’s outdoor aquatic center features a Lap Pool with Twisty Slide, Zero-Entry Family Area with Wading Pool, Kid’s Activity Pool, Concessions and Family Picnic Area. They also have basketball, pickleball, sand volleyball and 12 tennis courts! PLUS… family lawn games, hammocks and a family picnic & BBQ area with four gas grills. 115 Crahen Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan WEBSITE
MVP Sportsplex – Grand Rapids – BURTON
Outdoor Aquatic Center features a two Twisty Slides, Zero Entry Pool, Cool Spray Playground, Kid’s Play Structure, Outdoor Concessions PLUS a WIBIT AQUATRACK. 4035 Burton St Grand Rapids, Michigan WEBSITE
4- Tennis Programs Designed for Kids 4+
MVP also offers USTA 10 and under tennis programs. MVP states, “USTA 10 and Under Tennis is an exciting play format for learning tennis, designed to bring ALL kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size.”
Tennis is a great way for kids to learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime, while also getting active and making new friends.
If you don’t feel ready to commit to a full tennis session, ask to speak to the building tennis manager about having your child try a class out to find the best fit for them.
5- Kid’s Night Out
Mamas love sending their kids to MVP’s Kid’s Night Out events. It’s the easiest way to get a date night or girls night out planned, while providing your kids with a mega fun “night out” for themselves!
On select Friday evenings, Kid’s Stuff stays open late and Kid’s Night Out will go from 5:30-9:30 PM. Registration is required only 24 hours in advance and sibling discounts are available. Kids as young as 3 can go to Kid’s Night Out, so long as they are potty trained.
These special evenings include swimming, structured games and activities, pizza and more! You can call 616-575-8650 for more details.
6- Work-Space by MVP
Work-Space is MVP’s gorgeous, comfortable, spacious work space located in the annex building in the same parking lot as MVP Sportsplex.
As a MVP member, you can use Work-Space for FREE anytime Monday-Friday 8AM – 5PM. They offer super-fast wifi, TONS of places to plug in, free coffee, tea and water to drink and there are options to sit in cozy chairs, at large tables, to use an exercise ball to sit or work at a standing desk.
The best part about Work-Space is that I can check my kids into Kid’s Stuff for up to three hours (two hours max if your child is under 18 months old) and go get some work in while my kids play at Kid’s Stuff.
My favorite thing is to drop my kids off at Kid’s Stuff, get a quick run and shower in, then I head to Work-Space to work in peace and quiet. As a part-time, working mom, I can definitely say that MVP’s Work-Space is a huge game changer. I LOVE it and I can pretty much guarantee you will, too!
7- Kid Fit Classes
MVP doesn’t only care about your health, they also care about helping your kids stay active and healthy! That’s where MVP’s Kid Fit Classes come in…
Kid Fit Classes are a fun and exciting way to get your kids moving. Learn more here and get your children enrolled in a Kid Fit Class! These are only offered at some MVP club locations.
8- School Break Daily Camps
Many parents already know about MVP’s incredible summer camps, but do you know that MVP offers great daily camp options during other school breaks throughout the year. If you are looking for activities to keep your kids active and engaged over winter break and spring break, look no further than the MVP nearest you!
9- Community of Moms Working Toward Similar Fitness Goals
Let’s be honest, motherhood changes everything about us…including our physique. Some mamas seem to magically bounce back to their pre-baby shape in an unbelievably fast way. But for many of us moms it’s really hard to find the time to reach our health and fitness goals.
Self-care is so important and carving out time for YOU will only make you feel better in every way. It’s not about being selfish; in fact, the healthier you are–physically, emotionally, mentally–the better you’ll be able to care for your family and engage with others around you!
At MVP, there is a community of moms working toward similar fitness goals. If you attend the same group fitness class regularly, you will get to know other MVP members quickly. You may even meet parents while dropping off or picking up your kids from Kid’s Stuff. It’s always encouraging to know you’re not on your fitness journey alone and I have found MVP is full of warm, friendly people.
10- Swim Lessons
Moms (and their kids) also love the exceptional swim lessons taught by MVP’s certified swim instructors.
MVP offers programs for all levels and all ages, starting at 6 months old. Each class is a certified American Red Cross class and they are designed to teach your child how age-appropriate swimming skills.
For instance, the Tiny Tadpoles class for 6-18 month old babies teaches introductory skills, such as “learning to ask permission before entering the water and exploring submerging and buoyancy in the water.”
Interested in MVP Swim Lessons? Call your local MVP location and leave your name, phone number and age of swimmer. You will be contacted to answer any questions and to arrange your child’s swim lessons.
Try Out MVP – You Have Nothing to Lose!
After reading through my 10 reasons for why moms LOVE their MVP membership, you may be curious to try out MVP for yourself. MVP offers a free 3-Day Experience Pass, so you can experience how fantastic MVP is for yourself!
And don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what a few other West MI mamas had to say about MVP…
Nikara D. wrote:
“I love MVP! The staff is great, personal trainers are awesome, and everyone is so friendly! The best part about MVP is all of the amenities..swimming, workout classes, tennis, hot tub, sauna, kid stuff, basketball, excellent workout equipment the list goes on and on…”
Dawn B. wrote:
“The staff members that work here are so friendly, personable, and kind. The people that work in the kids zone are simply amazing! My girls LOVE coming here- everyone is so kind, caring, and welcoming. They really have gotten to know and care for my girls…”
What are YOUR favorite things about going to MVP Sports Clubs, if you’re already a member there? If you have yet to visit MVP, try the 3-day trial pass and let us know how it goes! We’d love to hear from you.