Planet Fitness? Thoughts?

  • awaflyboy

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    Feb 19, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    I'm looking to join a gym and thinking about Planet Fitness and wanted to get people's input on what they thought of the chain. Thanks!
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    Feb 19, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    Planet Fitness is for people who are afraid of real gyms.
  • Hotgymguy22

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    Feb 22, 2013 5:20 AM GMT
    I'm currently at a Planet Fitness for no other reason than the hours and proximity to my house. My body is most in the mood to workout at night. I previously went to an Omni Gym, which was a more serious gym, but they had crappy hours and closed at 10 pm. I loved Omni otherwise. Planet Fitness stays open later and has a 24 hour facility down the road from me. It's not bad, but you have a ton of teenagers and less serious gym people there to mainly socialize at peak hours. Another reason I go late. If you can avoid the peak hours PF isn't that bad.
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:25 PM GMT
    I agree with hotgymguy PF is convenient and with the hours they are open it's hard to justify another gym that is a longer distance from my house and the $10 a month is also hard to pass up give the closest "real gym" as Paul is suggesting is $90 a month and is smaller , less equipment. if one is convient I say check it out most of them offer a trial membership at least mine does
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2013 12:32 PM GMT
    I think you are getting some good input. They have some (what I perceive to be "strange") rules about gym shirts and clothing, but it represents a great facility to belong with minimal costs. It is a great place for a "newbie", provided they have adequate staff. For those who are more experienced, I thinik they have enough equipment to keep many satisfied.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Apr 18, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    I find them to be accurate in their advertising - they are NOT a gym. Their policies are fascist at times and they discourage serious lifters. It's Curves with some male members. Look to see if there's an Anytime Fitness near you more expensive but better hours and no judgement - for real.
  • ADL14

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    Apr 18, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    I just joined this month. So far, I like it. I used to run track for my other school and did moderate weight training. Since leaving, I haven't done more than body weight stuff. So I feel that PF is a great way for me to get back in the swing of lifting and to remember what exercises worked in the past and stuff.
  • venusrider

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    Apr 18, 2013 10:24 PM GMT
    I had a coupon for a free week at our local facility. I hadnt been out of the locker room more than a few mins when a staff member comment I couldnt wear a the tank top i had on as it wouid intimidate the other members. Ive not been back since.
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    Apr 18, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    I call it Planet Fatness, because they actively discourage anyone who is in shape from joining, feed their members free pizza and bagels, and have a giant bowl of candy by the door.

    Nevertheless, a lot of incredibly hot guys work out there, the staff is friendly, they have all the equipment I need, and it doesn't cost $78 per month.
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    Apr 18, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
    They have pretty good machines and they have free weights that are good enough for beginners. I guess it's good for people who want to get in shape that are intimidated by "real gyms." I was turned off by planet fitness when they called themselves a judgement free zone, but they made fun of bodybuilders in their commercial. That made no sense to me and that's probably the main reason why I canceled my membership besides the fact that they don't have enough free weights.
  • UncleBing

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    Apr 18, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    I have been going to PF for 4 yrs, 1. I see tanks there all the time. 2. Don't eat the pizza. In the 4 yrs I think I had 1 slice. My only wish is that they had real trainers there that I could ask questions and get feedback from. And a sauna would be great. I haven't bulked up like I wanted, but my body definitely looks better than it did. I am proud to say I have done it all on my own. And hey 14.99 a month for the gym, and tanning in today's economy is great. I wish I could afford a more full service gym, but retail pays crap.
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    Apr 18, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    awaflyboy saidI'm looking to join a gym and thinking about Planet Fitness and wanted to get people's input on what they thought of the chain. Thanks!


    Planet Fitness? ROFL....LMFAO.

    Where's that weight dropping alarm vid? Let me go see if I can find it.

    Ah....here it is...it's not "roid rage." This member has just had enough of a very bad gym....

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    Apr 18, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    venusrider saidI had a coupon for a free week at our local facility. I hadnt been out of the locker room more than a few mins when a staff member comment I couldnt wear a the tank top i had on as it wouid intimidate the other members. Ive not been back since.


    Q Club went out of business over in Phoenix and here in Dallas, for being that same way.

    Planet Fitness is one of those places that is not serious about fitness, nor wanting folks who are serious about it.

    I sure would not give them my money.

    I actually had the sales manager at LA Fitness that I frequent say to me the other day "go ahead and flaunt it a bit." True story.
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    Apr 18, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    When folks at LA Fitness were lifting weights heavy enough to bend the bars...LA Fitness bought bigger bars...and is spotless, well lit, well maintained, with state of the art equipment. E.g., the restrooms, and showers, and sprayed down with a hose and disinfectant every day. 24 Hour gets a bit nasty from time to time.

    Many World's are EXCEPTIONALLY clean and well maintained.

    Planet Fitness really is not about fitness.
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    Apr 18, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
    Not a bad gym at all for people just looking to loose weight or stay in shape. Not the best gym if your goal is serious body building.
  • jaypowers83

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    Apr 19, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    I've been going to Planet Fitness since February. I really like it so far. I'm not a bodybuilder. I'm not looking to gain massive amounts of muscle. All I wanna do is lose weight. The trainer I saw there seemed like he knew what he was talking about. Yes, it's more for beginners and people who just wanna stay in shape.
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    Apr 19, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    jr17 saidThey have pretty good machines and they have free weights that are good enough for beginners. I guess it's good for people who want to get in shape that are intimidated by "real gyms." I was turned off by planet fitness when they called themselves a judgement free zone, but they made fun of bodybuilders in their commercial. That made no sense to me and that's probably the main reason why I canceled my membership besides the fact that they don't have enough free weights.


    It really boils my bunny when I hear those idiotic ads. Planet Fitness should get their heads out of their corporate asses. They aren't just offending bodybuilders when they pronounce themselves "the judgement free zone" and then proceed, in the same sentence, to boast that they'll publicly ridicule anyone who grunts -- grunts! -- in their gym.

    I wonder how many members they will have to lose before they get a clue.

    In my experience, though, the kinds of pissy attitudes some of you have encountered are not present among the management at the West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Brooklyn, and West Baltimore locations. It would be helpful if you could post the locations where you have had these problems.
  • Parker817

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Planet Fitness has all the things the same things that NYSC has, except towel service. And it's 1/8th the price. No complaints here.

    Why do I get the sense that all these guys complaining about not wearing tanks at PF are the same ones complaining about gym cruising? icon_confused.gif
  • He_Man

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:22 AM GMT

    If you like getting pizza and doughnuts after you work out, then sure, Planet Fitness is the place for you. Spend an hour burning, say, 500 calories, and then eat double those calories on your way out of the gym. Sounds like good business for PF because they keep you fat so you have to return.

    Isn't that like offering cigarettes to patients in an oncology office or giving samples of crack out at a rehab clinic?

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    Right now I'm at a Planet Fitness that used to be an Olympus gym. They kept the equipment and policies so I get those benefits for only $10 a month. However, after Planet Fitness became the sponsor for The Biggest Loser the corporation started enforcing its image onto all the franchises. Now they are actually enforcing their ridiculous rules like banning deadlifts and removing equipment like squat racks and bench presses. A lot of members are looking for new gyms, myself included.

    Bottom line, if your only goal is maintaining a healthy weight then Planet Fitness is great (as long as you stay away from the pizza, bagels, and tootsie rolls). If your goal is to develop your muscles or become stronger then you're better off with a different gym. In my opinion, Planet Fitness isn't even appropriate for beginners because they will eventually outgrow Planet Fitness but with no experience in fundamental free weight exercises like barbell squats, deadlifts, or barbell bench presses.

    Lastly, the commercials are a whole level of crazy on their own. They don't only insult bodybuilders, they insult everyone is who fit.




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    Apr 19, 2013 2:42 AM GMT
    I've had memberships at two Planet Fitness gyms. One in Louisiana and one here in Nashville. The one in Louisiana was all about the rules. It seems as though they did the stupid 'lunk' alarm every time there was someone that accidently dropped their weights.

    In Nashvillle... they don't give a fuck. Lots of heavy lifters and no one seems to care.

    I personally like it because it fits my schedule and is hard to pass up for $10 a month. I was paying $40 a month for Snap and it had way less equipment.

    I don't care about the pizza/candy stuff as I never get them. I'm there to workout, not worried about junk food.
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    Apr 19, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Your determination and consistency will be the ultimate decider in your fitness goal no matter where you go. so if that place happens to be planet fitness then go for it. PF may not be right for you if you want to be a serious bodybuilder but if you want to be in good shape, PF can be a tool for you.

    No matter where you work out, with a little observation you'll be able to tell who's consistent, and working and who isn't.. I don't think the pizza and bagels once a month is a big deal at the same time, I never had it, and you don't have to either but if you had a craving for pizza, then get it for free icon_biggrin.gif

    Also don't worry too much about people saying it's not a real gym or anything. there are people who do parkour/free running who get in great shape just by training outdoors , so I say focus more on what you want and willing to work with icon_wink.gif
  • rustoleum

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    Apr 19, 2013 4:28 AM GMT
    I joined Planet Fitness when it became clear that they were closing our Student Rec Center for several months (for expansion).

    It's great if you're at a 24-hour PF. I generally work out at the end of the day, and that works for me. Also, you can do more "serious" weightlifting: I see guys breaking dress code there by wearing the cut-up shirts, dropping weights, etc, after 11 PM.

    Otherwise, look for the other local places. My Planet Fitness doesn't have enough weight benches for everyone, even at 11 PM or midnight. I can't even imagine what it must be like during peak hours.

    Good luck, man!
  • Joeyphx444

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    Apr 19, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    I don't like loud, excessive grunting but vocal encouragement is OK. I may "grunt" or make a noise after I did my last set to failure but I don't do it with every rep, that's stupid and annoying. However, I don't get intimidated by it.

    I go to Gold's Gym and it's really great, never TOO crowded and I see pretty much the same people every time. Also, the front desk is very nice. The trainers are just like any other trainers that belong to a gym, kind of arrogant and stand offish
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    Apr 19, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    Like some others on here, I also call it Planet Fatness (it's even in my profile!). I belong to it because it's affordable for me, and open 24/7 and I have a varying schedule. So sometimes I like to go before the crowds - sometimes WAY after.

    You know - I think you'll get out of it what you put into it. Mine has a wide variety of users - and it's gettin' more gay by the minute.

    What I find sad is the TINY free weight section, which is always overcrowded when there's more than SIX people there, and their idiotic rules about dress and whatnot. But at $10/month it's kinda hard to fault them too much.

    That said, I wish to god the one thing they would enforce is morons not putting their weights back. For a little guy like me it's very frustrating - and they are an accident/lawsuit waiting to happen.

    They actually had the FUCKING NERVE to kick me out of the gym one evening because I had left my gym pants at home and was wearing blue jeans. I'd been going there for nearly a year and had NEVER done that. To make things worse, the manager told me that if I'd been wearing SLACKS(!!) it would have been OK. Really????? What FUCKING MORONS! I've seen people work out in army fatigues there with no reprimands.

    I was quite furious.