28 Things You Will Only See At Planet Fitness

  • metta

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    May 07, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    28 Things You Will Only See At Planet Fitness

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/things-you-will-only-see-at-planet-fitness?bffb


    OMG...#6...don't miss #6
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    May 07, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    I am going to try #6 today, that looks like fun.. icon_lol.gif
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    May 07, 2014 7:07 PM GMT
    Well that makes me feel better about LA Fitness.
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    May 07, 2014 7:32 PM GMT
    I had heard of such nonsense.

    I thought I had seen it all.

    I'm glad I will not see it in real life.
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    May 07, 2014 7:33 PM GMT
    Actually, I just started doing #7 (like a standing one-legged leg press where you can safely employ an extreme range of motion), albeit with better form. One of my gym's best trainers was having a young female client do them so you just know it's a glute shaper.
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    May 07, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    Makes the chaos of my gym with the grunters and steam trains look fairly normal icon_lol.gif
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    May 08, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    That story's not fair. I used to belong to Planet Fitness in South Burlington, VT . It was a great gym, excellent equipment, helpful staff, pleasant and diverse clientele. Yes, they did offer free pizza once a month and free bagels once a month. What? No one here's ever had a slice of pizza or a bagel after working out?
  • buddycat

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    May 08, 2014 6:10 AM GMT
    I use to go to Planet Fitness, didn't like it.
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    May 11, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    It just seems like they have a counter-intuitive business strategy; they thrive on people who aren't in shape while pushing away those that are. I totally get that they want to cultivate this 'stress-free/judgement-free' environment but it's coming at a cost - not to mention they're excluding a certain crowd; the people that are actually there to work out properly.

    I totally get that there are actually competent PF gyms out there with decent equipment and friendly staff/patrons. However, the ones in my area are not good examples.

    The "No deadlifts" sign takes the cake, in my opinion.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 11, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    Planet Fitness is a gym/health clubicon_question.gif Offering free pizza and free bagels and free tootsie rolls, that doesn't sound like a serious workout venue to me.
  • metta

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    May 11, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    I have heard that their memberships are cheap. And I would guess that their goal is to maximize profits, not get people healthy. One goal is probably to get more members to pay dues that don't actually go to the gym. And many of the ones that do go probably go so they can tell their friends that they workout and possibly make them feel ok about the way that they eat. "Well, I worked out today so that makes it ok for me to eat a pie." ;)

    If people don't use the machines as much as they do in other gyms then they probably don't need to repair them as often either. That probably saves them money as well.
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    May 11, 2014 10:56 PM GMT
    Im still laughing at 6…. icon_lol.gif
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    May 11, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    I know the manager of a Planet Fitness. He says some members only come in for the free pizza and don't even bother working out. Though it's a chain with perceived uniformity some branches - often those in which Planet Fitness is the only game in town - have a more upscale serious clientele and forgiving management. Say what you will but most fat people are too intimidated or shy to go to a regular gym, so anything that gets them on a treadmill for five minutes can't be bad. As for how they stay in business discouraging fit people and offering such low rates it's the typical business model that relies on absentee members being continually auto-debited. The cheaper the membership, the less the member minds being billed for being a no-show. Brilliant strategy actually, even taking into account those that just show up to eat $10 worth of free pizza.
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    May 12, 2014 4:42 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI have heard that their memberships are cheap. And I would guess that their goal is to maximize profits, not get people healthy. One goal is probably to get more members to pay dues that don't actually go to the gym. And many of the ones that do go probably go so they can tell their friends that they workout and possibly make them feel ok about the way that they eat. "Well, I worked out today so that makes it ok for me to eat a pie." ;)

    If people don't use the machines as much as they do in other gyms then they probably don't need to repair them as often either. That probably saves them money as well.


    eagermuscle saidI know the manager of a Planet Fitness. He says some members only come in for the free pizza and don't even bother working out. Though it's a chain with perceived uniformity some branches - often those in which Planet Fitness is the only game in town - have a more upscale serious clientele and forgiving management. Say what you will but most fat people are too intimidated or shy to go to a regular gym, so anything that gets them on a treadmill for five minutes can't be bad. As for how they stay in business discouraging fit people and offering such low rates it's the typical business model that relies on absentee members being continually auto-debited. The cheaper the membership, the less the member minds being billed for being a no-show. Brilliant strategy actually, even taking into account those that just show up to eat $10 worth of free pizza.

    All true.

    Although I've been critical of PF's judgmental attitude toward people who care about health and fitness, there are some good things.

    PF is also the only place you'll see guys in their 80s, people in wheelchairs, and a surprising number of men and women who are in seriously great shape working out together.

    As EM suggests, you'll also see seriously obese people. All of the above benefit from working out, and they may not be willing to do it anywhere else.
  • buddycat

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    May 12, 2014 5:36 AM GMT
    I was thinking about re-joining the Planet Fitness in my area today. Then after thinking about actually going in and dealing with those kids at the front desk I thought, forget it. Nothing like rude, skinny-fat kids eating pizza and smoking cigarettes to motivate you not to got. As people said here, maybe they want that, people that join a gym and don't go much. I think the other gym in the area looks better, with a smoothy bar with a variety of drinks depending on your goal. Personally I rather eat a piece of fruit after working out or drinking coffee to get me going.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 13, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
    Jmusmc85 said
    roadbikeRob saidPlanet Fitness is a gym/health clubicon_question.gif Offering free pizza and free bagels and free tootsie rolls, that doesn't sound like a serious workout venue to me.


    No shit Sherlock. That's what everyone else has been saying all along. Come on now, pay attention!!!icon_rolleyes.gif
    Oh good lord, look what the cat just dragged in from the back alleyicon_mad.gif
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    May 13, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    Gotta give them props for the counter-intuitive but seemingly working business strategy.

    I have to say I am irritated (not intimidated) by loud, grunting, and weight-dropping gym goers, but the lunk alarm is really too much, probably much more annoying then the "lunks".

    As for the pizza and bagels.. Bagels give you the carbs you need after a good workout to replenish. It is really not that bad, or is it?
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    May 13, 2014 10:36 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidIm still laughing at 6…. icon_lol.gif


    That's the trainer.
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    May 13, 2014 11:41 PM GMT
    uberick saidI have to say I am irritated (not intimidated) by loud, grunting, and weight-dropping gym goers, but the lunk alarm is really too much, probably much more annoying then the "lunks".

    Funny how a "judgement free zone" employs public ridicule to judge people who make noises. Not only that, but when you hear a loud crash, how does the guy behind the counter know a lunk dropped weights? Maybe someone got hurt?
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 20, 2014 12:36 AM GMT
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    this never gets old. icon_lol.gif
    You are 100% correct on this one, it never gets old. In fact the roid rage is quite hilariousicon_lol.gif
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    May 20, 2014 12:44 AM GMT
    So...is this where the people of walmart go to workout?
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 20, 2014 12:53 AM GMT
    lol that gave me a good laugh ... Seems more like Planet Fatness icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • KittenpasteCo...

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    May 22, 2014 7:30 AM GMT
    I effing hated that gym.
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    May 25, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    I nearly choose that gym they were on my top 5
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    Jun 15, 2014 3:45 AM GMT
    shortbutsweet said

    Although I've been critical of PF's judgmental attitude toward people who care about health and fitness, there are some good things.

    PF is also the only place you'll see guys in their 80s, people in wheelchairs, and a surprising number of men and women who are in seriously great shape working out together.

    As EM suggests, you'll also see seriously obese people. All of the above benefit from working out, and they may not be willing to do it anywhere else.


    Agree! I was a member of Planet Fitness for two years because it was right next to my hotel in Dallas and it was incredibly cheap. I did notice "strange" people at the gym who felt like they didn't really belong there but on second thought, this was a great first start for them to get into shape. From a bystander's perspective, you may judge them for spending 20 minutes on a machine with only 5 minutes of actual exercising and 15 minutes of reading a newspaper or checking their phone. But from their perspective, sometimes just the thought of "I spent 5 minutes exercising today, I want to come back and do more next time" is a powerful motivator.

    The one thing Planet Fitness did really well was in encouraging EVERYONE to try the gym and not discriminate. For a skinny guy like me who first started working out there I didn't feel intimidated or a sense of not belonging at all.