Old Farts Getting Into Shape at Planet Fitness

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    May 17, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    I originated another post about being 68 and wanting to get rid of belly fat. My post mentioned Planet Fitness and I received some interesting comments about the gym. In all fairness, it is a gym where men my age (6icon_cool.gif can go without intimidation and do something about getting into better shape. However ever minimal that may be for some very over weight folks. But at least I/they are doing something..!

    Although there may not be the eye candy that other gyms provide, my gym, being brand new, is the only gym that offers such great equipment as in free weights and excellent machines in the area. And their circuit training stations are really great for us older folk.

    Granted the tootsie rolls, pizza night and occasional bagel mornings are not great incentive. But there are those of us who are serious about getting into better shape and have the will power to avoid such things.

    Prescott, AZ is a retirement town as well as the home of many colleges and a university, we have all age groups and sizes and shapes at the Prescott Planet Fitness.

    Older people are starting to get the idea that it is not too late to get into better shape and I happen to be one of them. Thanks to all who are of great encouragement to me here at RJ..!
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    May 17, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
    A gym is only as good as the commitment of the person who is working out.
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    May 17, 2014 7:03 PM GMT
    I'm not anti-Planet Fitness. I'm not even anti-donuts because a serious gym-goer can either resist or afford temptation. I'm only anti-hypocrisy and that "judgement-free" franchise, depending on the location, member demographic and how strictly management adheres to the rules, is incredibly hypocritical in how it judges and penalizes people who train hard by way of banned exercises, removed equipment, public embarrassment and membership revocation.

    You'd think their policies would be more accommodating because for many it's the only game in town so naturally the membership would be diverse. I think their business model's genius because its affordable rates and marketing strategy mean that even more no-show members than the usual percentage can be auto-debited monthly, which is how gyms profit - by overselling their memberships without overcrowding and wear and tear. And I applaud anything that'd motivate a fat couch potato to get on a treadmill, even if it's free donuts.

    Just because I had no problem training in a hardcore gym when I was fat because I knew no one would be looking at me because they'd be too into themselves doesn't mean everyone's that smart. So I understand the need for places like Planet Fitness. I just don't know why serious trainees at any age and level of conditioning have to suffer because of the insecurities of others.
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    May 17, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
    I see serious weightlifters at the PF I go to. There are guys there that would be voted MOTD here in a heartbeat.

    My old gym was a small private gym in a business park. It was not as clean, there were just as many 'PF' types that worked out there - people going through the motions, wearing sandals, etc. There were friends of the owner who drank beer while lifting.

    There were also the 'serious weightlifters' who couldn't lift anything without screaming like they were passing a kidney stone, who slammed weights down on the ground and acted like the Alpha in a pack of gorillas.

    I don't miss it.
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    May 17, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    Buckeyecrow saidOlder people are starting to get the idea that it is not too late to get into better shape and I happen to be one of them.

    Same here, although I'm just running.

    I try and stay focused on the health benefits and not worry about having a hot body. I have a little belly fat I'd love to be rid of but I have to remind myself that at my age having ripped washboard abs might move me up 0.5 on the 1-10 scale of hotness.

    You might also check with your health insurance. Some health insurance companies will pay for your gym membership if you're over a certain age (65?). I think Blue Cross is one that does.
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    May 20, 2014 4:45 PM GMT
    Timbales saidA gym is only as good as the commitment of the person who is working out.
    I love this comment !
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    May 20, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    Timbales saidA gym is only as good as the commitment of the person who is working out.
    So true! You should see one of my roommates. He's got the Adonis-perfect body, and never works out with weights...only isometrics.