Planet Fitness

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    Feb 05, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    My gym was just bought by Planet Fitness and among their "upgrades" will be:

    - the removal of the power rack, dumbbells over 60 lbs, all straight bars, and Olympic benches (to be replaced by Smith Machines),

    - Pizza night on the first Monday and bagel morning on the second Tuesday of the month,

    - the installation of the "Lunk Alarm" to discourage "dropping heavy weights, grunting, heavy breathing, judging others".

    Apparently part of their branding is that they don't cater to bodybuilders. There aren't many at my gym anyway, which makes these new policies seem even more heavy-handed than I would otherwise think of them. Although I dislike when the heavy weights are dropped, seeing them around actually motivates me to keep working harder to reach the point where I could use them. Food at the gym, however, sounds like a bad idea.

    If anyone goes to a Planet Fitness or a similar gym, please share your comments on the experience. I'm wondering if it will be worth keeping my membership there.
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    Feb 07, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    My partner and I went to a Planet Fitness for one year, and it was not bad. Not great, but not bad, either. It was cheap, I can say that much. Our membership ran month to month, so it was no problem leaving when we decided to move on. You should probably stick around for at least a little while to see if the transitions work for you. If you find they don't... well, you, too, can move on.
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    Feb 08, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Good point. Guess I should see how it fits my needs before I decide to leave. Was there any particular reason you left?
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    Oct 09, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
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    Oct 09, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    Reminding me of when of when Walmarts started to appear everywhere.. Now there are 2 planet fitnesses in my town.. They are taking over!!

    My friend has a membership here and he said you aren't allowed drop heavy weights loud or wear any sleeveless shirts!
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    Oct 09, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    Pizza night on the first Monday and bagel morning on the second Tuesday of the month....


    This tells you everything you need to know about PF's cynical philosophy. It's an effective ploy to bring in $$$$ from the huge swath of the population who will pluck down a few bucks and pretend that they are healthy rather than helping people make good decisions regarding their physical well being while making money in the process. In doing this PF doesn't even have to provide the proper equipment for training because they've got their flocked duped into thinking that a cheap membership = fitness. Sick. Just slather some cardio machines in purple and yellow and it's cool... they'll bring you a Krispy Kreme donut on corprowhore sponser night.

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    Oct 10, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    PF will eventually remove all equipment and turn into smoothie/coffee/yogurt shop. The membership fees will pay for the all you can eat dessert bar. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 10, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    PF is ridiculous. Their absurd rules turn me off.
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    Oct 10, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Planet Fitness like all gyms is basically what you choose to make of it. I use the ones in NYC and although they have those rules, I have yet to see them enforced. I see people dropping weights and wearing sleeveless shirts all the time.

    As for the pizza monday and bagel tuesday. i find it funny but I guess if they trying to persuade people its ok to have a cheat day once in awhile then that's fine but at the same time I doubt i'd have the free pizza. unless it was really really good =D
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    Oct 10, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    vitamin_D saidGood point. Guess I should see how it fits my needs before I decide to leave. Was there any particular reason you left?


    Run- fast from there.
    I was banned a few years ago when I was traveling.
    It was the only gym in the small city I was doing business in and I accidentally was not dainty is dropping the bar to do deadlifts- yes I was doing deads.
    Needless to say the girl who was watching the front got in my face and said deads were not allowed.
    I said screw you , see you later....
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 10, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    Well if you are used to wearing an "open sided" shirt, ... forget it.. they discourage that... at least they do at the PF in Wichita.

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    Oct 10, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Wait no dumbbells over 60lbs or dead lifts. What kind of a gym is this? Even I use 65lbs dumbbells.
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    Oct 10, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidWait no dumbbells over 60lbs or dead lifts. What kind of a gym is this? Even I use 65lbs dumbbells.
    It's a unisex version of Curves. Basically, a business model that is structured around taking advantage of people's insecurities.
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    Oct 10, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    I hear bad stuff about them, like the deadlifting and the no sleeveless shirts because it makes others feel bad about themselves if they cant do it, What do you expect from a gym that offers free haircuts and light therapy hokum.
  • toybrian

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    Oct 10, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    Vitamin I love my Planet Fitness here in Southern NJ..I go in around 7 pm and not that crowded and get to do most of my lifting without a lot of waiting at all.. Usually go from one thing to another and only wait a few minutes for the benches to do my lifting there. Well worth the money because I did not want a pool or some other things..Just wanted a gym to lift and that was all...I am in and out in about 90 minutes most of the time and love it...Lift for an hour and run for 30 minutes....
  • Skyboundbull

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    Oct 10, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    Most of their dumbbells don't go past 50lbs. No thanks...
  • booboolv

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    Oct 10, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    TalShiar saidWhat do you expect from a gym that offers free haircuts and light therapy hokum.


    Free haircuts? Not at my PF. The pizza and bagels are absurd, I agree. But they're not available when my schedule permits me to go to the gym, so I don't have to decline the offer of plan busting foods anyway.

    As for the gym itself, it has all the basics. The showers suck. there's only two regular ones and one handicap shower, and the staff isn't great at keeping the floor clean. I fight with "gym foot," what seems to be a combination of athlete's foot and some other skin irritation that peels the skin off my feet (causes the skin to dry and peel, not ooze and be gross). And that's with wearing flip flops (which I don't really see how they can protect your feet anyway, but that is the accepted expectation, isn't it?).

    I see guys lifting a lot more than 60 pounds, so I don't understand. But I don't go for the thrill of lifting, or the excitement of walking to nowhere on the treadmill. I go for the results of loosing weight and regaining my health.

    If PF doesn't meet your needs, there are other ways/places to do what you want to do. There is no reason to talk badly about something when it isn't going to change anything.

    Edit: It just occured to me, the lifting more than 60 pounds is on machines, not dumbells. However, they have both straight barbells and curved (is that the right word?), so I don't know why they would eliminate them at your "new" PF... unless they're going to remove them from all of them eventually.

    Also, the gym does have a trainer on staff... he doesn't strike me as being very good, but he knows more than I do if I don't go to Google first and find the YouTube videos to show me how to do something.
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    Oct 10, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    Pizza nights at the gym LOL!
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    Oct 10, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
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    TalShiar saidWhat do you expect from a gym that offers free haircuts and light therapy hokum.


    Free haircuts? Not at my PF. The pizza and bagels are absurd, I agree. But they're not available when my schedule permits me to go to the gym, so I don't have to decline the offer of plan busting foods anyway.

    As for the gym itself, it has all the basics. The showers suck. there's only two regular ones and one handicap shower, and the staff isn't great at keeping the floor clean. I fight with "gym foot," what seems to be a combination of athlete's foot and some other skin irritation that peels the skin off my feet (causes the skin to dry and peel, not ooze and be gross). And that's with wearing flip flops (which I don't really see how they can protect your feet anyway, but that is the accepted expectation, isn't it?).

    I see guys lifting a lot more than 60 pounds, so I don't understand. But I don't go for the thrill of lifting, or the excitement of walking to nowhere on the treadmill. I go for the results of loosing weight and regaining my health.

    If PF doesn't meet your needs, there are other ways/places to do what you want to do. There is no reason to talk badly about something when it isn't going to change anything.

    Edit: It just occured to me, the lifting more than 60 pounds is on machines, not dumbells. However, they have both straight barbells and curved (is that the right word?), so I don't know why they would eliminate them at your "new" PF... unless they're going to remove them from all of them eventually.

    Also, the gym does have a trainer on staff... he doesn't strike me as being very good, but he knows more than I do if I don't go to Google first and find the YouTube videos to show me how to do something.


    and tanning, its an odd http://www.planetfitness.com/gyms/NM/Rio_Rancho
  • MuscleUp

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    Oct 10, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Get out as fast as you can.
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    Oct 10, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    tmac saidPlanet Fitness like all gyms is basically what you choose to make of it. I use the ones in NYC and although they have those rules, I have yet to see them enforced. I see people dropping weights and wearing sleeveless shirts all the time.

    As for the pizza monday and bagel tuesday. i find it funny but I guess if they trying to persuade people its ok to have a cheat day once in awhile then that's fine but at the same time I doubt i'd have the free pizza. unless it was really really good =D

    Unless their applicants for a coop apartment, just try finding anyone in NYC absent enough entitlement issues to render them capable of following actual rules.
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    Oct 10, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
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    tmac saidPlanet Fitness like all gyms is basically what you choose to make of it. I use the ones in NYC and although they have those rules, I have yet to see them enforced. I see people dropping weights and wearing sleeveless shirts all the time.

    As for the pizza monday and bagel tuesday. i find it funny but I guess if they trying to persuade people its ok to have a cheat day once in awhile then that's fine but at the same time I doubt i'd have the free pizza. unless it was really really good =D

    Unless their applicants for a coop apartment, just try finding anyone in NYC absent enough entitlement issues to render them capable of following actual rules.


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  • Whipmagic

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    Oct 10, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    I'd run from a place like that as fast as I can. I need a gym where I can work with heavy barbells, including deadlifting, and dropping them when necessary. That includes throwing the bar after a heavy C&J, or dumping it off my shoulders when I can't make it out of the bottom of my squat on a max lift effort. I also like to grunt during a heavy lift, and I appreciate having some chalk around (and yes, I clean up after myself). All things that PF frowns upon. But then, if you are happy with what you can do under their rules, then why not... at least they're cheap.
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    Oct 10, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    The rules really aren't enforced at the one I go to. I see people dropping weights and grunting all the time. The only thing I dislike about it is the lack of free weights there. I'm probably going to switch gyms when the dumbbells get too light for me and they are pretty close to being too light for me right now. As far as deadlifts, I did them right in front of the front desk on the smith machine and no one said anything to me. As far as sleeveless shirts, I've seen some guys walk around shirtless at the one I go to so sleeveless shirts are definitely allowed.
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 10, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    This place sounds like a waste of time and money.