GYM WARS: Planet Fitness comes to Wichita... With some odd rules.....

  • HndsmKansan

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    May 03, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    So we in Wichita, Kansas basically have 2 major options for "gyms". You belong to the Greater Wichita YMCA's (which really are some of the best in the country) or a sleek group of gyms called "Genesis". Genesis has about 5 locations in Wichita, plus an awesome facility in Salina, one in Hutchinson and Emporia. The Y's have 7 in the Wichita area, plus El Dorado and the new Newton branch planned. Places like 24 hour fitness are at a serious disadvantage. Most competition would be.... but.

    Enter Planet Fitness with 3 sites planned. A joiner fee, but only $10.00 (yes 10 bucks) per month. We are told mainly to foil Genesis (we'll see), but some odd rules..... I think I'd flunk out!

    1. No open sided shirts (well there I go...) Thats intimidating to the "average joe" who they are trying to get as a member.

    2. No free weights (NONE).... only machines painted a couple of colors like
    purple and yellow (or something like that). Again, I wouldn't last..

    3. No swimming

    4. No grunting or "straining" noises or you will be ask to leave.

    5. No bandanas

    6. No cell phones, no shakes after (how strange).

    Does anybody know if this is typical of a "Planet Fitness" ? I think
    it is just slightly strange.
  • Timbales

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    May 03, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    not typical of mine
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    May 03, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Planet Fitness is also well known for having free donut and pizza days. icon_confused.gif
    And they also have the "lunk alarm".



    PF is basically a unisex version of Curves.
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    May 03, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    Here in RI:

    1. I see open sided shirts all the time

    2. No free weights. There are dumbbells, smith machines and the machines you describe (EVERYTHING is painted black, yellow and purple)

    3. Correct, no swimming.

    4. Correct, no grunting or straining noises. And no throwing weights or they'll sound an alarm so everyone will stare.

    5. No bandanas (or as they have on the sign "do rags")

    6. No cell phones on the floor. They can be used in the locker room and waiting areas only. As far as shakes, everyone uses them...but the signs say water only on the floor. I imagine it's to prevent spills of sticky spills.

    The philosophy of PF, as I understand it, is to make it as comfortable as possible for everyone (people that are used to working out in gyms, and those who aren't).
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    May 03, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    Sounds like a shitty gym. Even if I could put up with all the other nonsense, the "no free weights" would totally keep me from darkening the door.
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    May 03, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    xrichx saidPF is basically a unisex version of Curves.


    Yup
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    May 03, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidSo we in Wichita, Kansas basically have 2 major options for "gyms". You belong to the Greater Wichita YMCA's (which really are some of the best in the country) or a sleek group of gyms called "Genesis". Genesis has about 5 locations in Wichita, plus an awesome facility in Salina, one in Hutchinson and Emporia. The Y's have 7 in the Wichita area, plus El Dorado and the new Newton branch planned. Places like 24 hour fitness are at a serious disadvantage. Most competition would be.... but.

    Enter Planet Fitness with 3 sites planned. A joiner fee, but only $10.00 (yes 10 bucks) per month. We are told mainly to foil Genesis (we'll see), but some odd rules..... I think I'd flunk out!

    1. No open sided shirts (well there I go...) Thats intimidating to the "average joe" who they are trying to get as a member.

    2. No free weights (NONE).... only machines painted a couple of colors like
    purple and yellow (or something like that). Again, I wouldn't last..

    3. No swimming

    4. No grunting or "straining" noises or you will be ask to leave.

    5. No bandanas

    6. No cell phones, no shakes after (how strange).

    Does anybody know if this is typical of a "Planet Fitness" ? I think
    it is just slightly strange.


    The Q Club tried this approach and failed, big time, finally being bought by 24 Hour Fitness.

    I don't know much about Planet Fitness but I can that gyms with a long list of rules typically go under.
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    May 03, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    The one here is right across the mall from Chic-fil-a. I figure working out and then having nuggets and waffle fries is counter productive. But the $10 fee is attractive.
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    May 03, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Sounds like what I'd imagine a Curves to be, lol.
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    May 03, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    This gym says it doesn't discriminate yet all the commercials they have stereotype bodybuilders making them look like idiots who don't know anything but how to lift things up and put them down and then doesn't allow a crap ton of normal stuff like what people wear..sorry but that's called discrimination haha I can't wear an open side shirt but a girl can wear shorts hiked up her ass or a top that shows off her midsection...um come again??

    I don't like the insane grunters at the gym even at a bodybuilding gym that I worked out in Chicago there was only one loud grunter and everyone made fun of him including other very very VERY big guys (many bigger than this guy) who say he's an idiot.
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    May 03, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    I travel 100% for work (was home last year for a total of six weekends) so depend on gyms and the occasional hotel "fitness center." (I know, my profile pic doesn't look like it, but I do work out.)

    1. No open-sided shirts. Meh, every other Mormon boy in SLC wore them, and tank tops can be hot too... especially wife-beaters.

    2. My Planet Fitness has loads of free weights, and machines, and treadmills/recumbents/stairsteppers/etc.

    3. No swimming. If you need that, pay the big bucks and go across the street... literally, across the street.

    4. No grunting or "straining" noises or you will be ask to leave. Yeah, it is kind of obnoxious, and some guys ARE doing it for show.

    5. No bandanas. Keeps out the thugs. But what's up with the sunglasses.... indoors?

    6. No cell phones = no photos, no shakes = no sticky spills.

    7. It is .9 miles from my house. I could walk or jog there... but I drive. icon_eek.gif
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    May 03, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    Planet Fitness is a disgrace to the fitness industry. Keep going to the other gyms; they're way better hands down.
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    May 03, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    Most of those things are more about marketing I suspect than real rules. People that are intimidated about working out will read that and think, "this is my kind of gym" while more serious lifters would probably think, who cares if I can't have my shake until I get to the locker room.

    Although the no freeweights thing is just weird. I find that hard to believe any gym would be that short sighted. Even exclusively women's gyms use free weights.
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    May 03, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    xrichx saidPF is basically a unisex version of Curves.
    Yep. In fact, with no free weights, they should be slapped with "false advertisement" since free weights are essential to being truly "fit."
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    May 03, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    What a funny little gym that Planet Fitness. You get what you pay for.
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    May 03, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidThe one here is right across the mall from Chic-fil-a. I figure working out and then having nuggets and waffle fries is counter productive. But the $10 fee is attractive.


    I figured that too after i hit that jaywalker who was going straight from the gym to McDonald's. He must've flown twenty feet into the air icon_lol.gif
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    NakedBudd saidI travel 100% for work (was home last year for a total of six weekends) so depend on gyms and the occasional hotel "fitness center." (I know, my profile pic doesn't look like it, but I do work out.)

    1. No open-sided shirts. Meh, every other Mormon boy in SLC wore them, and tank tops can be hot too... especially wife-beaters.

    2. My Planet Fitness has loads of free weights, and machines, and treadmills/recumbents/stairsteppers/etc.

    3. No swimming. If you need that, pay the big bucks and go across the street... literally, across the street.

    4. No grunting or "straining" noises or you will be ask to leave. Yeah, it is kind of obnoxious, and some guys ARE doing it for show.

    5. No bandanas. Keeps out the thugs. But what's up with the sunglasses.... indoors?

    6. No cell phones = no photos, no shakes = no sticky spills.

    7. It is .9 miles from my house. I could walk or jog there... but I drive. icon_eek.gif


    Seriously, I wonder about that grunting. I mean I've done lifts to complete failure many times and never in the process felt the need to do anything but maybe groan a little but mostly just breath deeply.

    Today at my gym there was this girl that was screeching with every rep. I don't think I'd have minded that rule right then. Listening to someone howl like a lap dog for 20 minutes while squating a barbell with a 10 lb plate on each side is just obnoxious.
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    May 03, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Here's the Daily Show's clip on Planet Fitness. icon_lol.gif

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    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Coach_Mike saidThe one here is right across the mall from Chic-fil-a. I figure working out and then having nuggets and waffle fries is counter productive. But the $10 fee is attractive.


    I figured that too after i hit that jaywalker who was going straight from the gym to McDonald's. He must've flown twenty feet into the air icon_lol.gif
    I bet he lost a good five pounds (of blood) that day. icon_twisted.gificon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    planet fitness is garbage, pay the extra $20 and keep a shred of dignity, how can anyone give $$$ to such a hypocritical organization, blows my mind anyone, especially gay men would support an organization that is so proud to discriminate against others
  • blueandgold

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    May 03, 2012 7:12 AM GMT
    xrichx saidPlanet Fitness is also well known for having free donut and pizza days. icon_confused.gif
    And they also have the "lunk alarm".



    PF is basically a unisex version of Curves.


    Ive set off the lunk alarm. icon_sad.gif. I had no idea until this angry little woman huffed over and got pissy with me. I was just visiting the gym with a friend.

    Her: sir... You've set of the lunk alarm twice. One more time and you'll have to leave!

    Me: what the fuck is a lunk alarm?
  • blueandgold

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    May 03, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xrichx saidPF is basically a unisex version of Curves.
    Yep. In fact, with no free weights, they should be slapped with "false advertisement" since free weights are essential to being truly "fit."


    I dunno man... The "fittest" ive ever been was after boot camp in the Army...and nary a freeweight did I touch. My drill Sgt might disagree with you.

    Nowadays I eat freeweights for lunch but get out of breath tying my shoes... Its a long way down there!
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    May 03, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
    I have to say, I have a friend who owns a Curves and she is not this strict....

    PF is worse than CURVES...

    This is taking things to a bit of an extreme... oh and is hilarious... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    I looked into PF before joining my current gym. The thing that turned me off the most by it was that the only method of payment that they would accept is direct withdrawal from your checking account. Period, No thanks.

    I have since heard horror stories of people who have been trying to cancel their memberships for six months and still being billed.

    The PF near me has also removed all it's free weights within the past year, leaving only the dumbell rack and machines.

    A good friend who is a city police officer used to go there- he quit because he was tired of running into people that he'd arrested.

    As someone else pointed out, you get what you pay for.
  • tnlifter

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    May 03, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    It's the same here in Chattanooga. The manager told someone I knew the he "didn't belong there" after setting off the alarm. He wasn't making that kind of awful grunting noise his friends said. Just some. The PF here has all of the weird rules plus some. Mondays are all you can eat pizza days, and there are bowls of candy sitting around, also all you can eat. They also have something I don't understand. They have a "redlight greenlight" system for treadmills etc. You're not allowed on them during the redlight, and if you are on there when the light comes on, you must stop. They don't care if you're in the middle of a run. Before I'd put up with this, I'd just do without a gym. You're better off going to a real gym that gives you options, not take them away.