Planet Fitness, what are you thinking?!

  • Hotgymguy22

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    Jul 27, 2015 2:25 PM GMT
    Let me preface this post by acknowledging the fact that I know a lot of you dislike Planet Fitness already. But for me, it's super convenient due to its proximity to my house, and that has outweighed the bad for the past several years.

    About a year and a half ago my Planet Fitness removed the incline bench. I learned to adjust. But I went into Planet Fitness today and they have taken away the bench press and the preacher curl! How the hell can you have a gym without a bench press?! I went to the front counter to ask about them and was told that they are taking them out and using only the Smith Machine because they are safer. I'm pretty pissed and despite the close location I'm re-examining my gym options. The front desk said that this was going to eventually happen at all Planet Fitness locations.

    This is an absolute ridiculous decision.
  • DJEsco_

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    Jul 27, 2015 2:38 PM GMT
    no deadlift, no bench? im going on a limb and ssying no squat rack as well. youll nver find me near one of those
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    Jul 27, 2015 2:47 PM GMT
    Haven't been to a PF in years. Don't they have free-weights and benches?
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    Jul 27, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
    I dont go to planet fitness but I dont dislike it. They're doing something right to last this long
  • Buddha

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    Jul 27, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
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    Jul 27, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
    Their entire business model is built around keeping people out of shape. Even their billboard ads say "no egos" and other things like that, in an effort to get more out-of-shape people to join. If a client accidentally gets in shape, they'll take small steps in an effort to coerce that person to leave so other clients don't feel inadequate around the better-looking client.

    That's apparently why they're removing the machines that do the best job at getting people in shape. They want to retain their out-of-shape clients and get rid of the ones who actually know how to workout.

    It's really the sorriest excuse for a gym I've ever seen. They should be called "Fat As A Planet" cause that's what they strive for.
  • Hotgymguy22

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    Jul 27, 2015 2:54 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidHaven't been to a PF in years. Don't they have free-weights and benches?


    They do have free weights and benches... But at this rate for how long? Haha.

    And no squat rack... Gotta do that on the Smith Machine now (along with chest).
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    Jul 27, 2015 2:55 PM GMT
    do these large fitness corporations lease their equipment. Especially the store front locations with designer services.

    just saying equipment comes and goes at the whim of a third party supplier. The local store front has no debs into what is there.
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    Jul 27, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
    Hotgymguy22 saidLet me preface this post by acknowledging the fact that I know a lot of you dislike Planet Fitness already. But for me, it's super convenient due to its proximity to my house, and that has outweighed the bad for the past several years.

    About a year and a half ago my Planet Fitness removed the incline bench. I learned to adjust. But I went into Planet Fitness today and they have taken away the bench press and the preacher curl! How the hell can you have a gym without a bench press?! I went to the front counter to ask about them and was told that they are taking them out and using only the Smith Machine because they are safer. I'm pretty pissed and despite the close location I'm re-examining my gym options. The front desk said that this was going to eventually happen at all Planet Fitness locations.

    This is an absolute ridiculous decision.


    It's pretty clear that you're not the sort of member that they want.

    Time to leave.
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    Jul 27, 2015 3:10 PM GMT
    I don't understand why so many guys who are into fitness whine about planet fitness when they obviously are not the target demographic. Everything is not about you. Its not their fault you continue to use a company that does not value you as a customer simply because its closer.
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    Jul 27, 2015 3:17 PM GMT
    MrFuscle saidI don't understand why so many guys who are into fitness whine about planet fitness when they obviously are not the target demographic.
    Because it claims to be a fitness center, but the way they run their business is borderline false advertisement. For a person serious into fitness, and without having knowledge of PF's business model, that person could easily get caught up in a money pit of contracts and regret the money spent.
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    Jul 27, 2015 3:30 PM GMT
    Hotgymguy22 said
    bhp91126 saidHaven't been to a PF in years. Don't they have free-weights and benches?


    They do have free weights and benches... But at this rate for how long? Haha.

    And no squat rack... Gotta do that on the Smith Machine now (along with chest).

    Mixing the Smith Machine with free weights and the humble push-up should keep your rack in shape
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    MrFuscle saidI don't understand why so many guys who are into fitness whine about planet fitness when they obviously are not the target demographic.
    Because it claims to be a fitness center, but the way they run their business is borderline false advertisement. For a person serious into fitness, and without having knowledge of PF's business model, that person could easily get caught up in a money pit of contracts and regret the money spent.


    This goes against my entire philosophy of fitness and IMO, is one of the reasons why so many people get turned off from fitness. There are so many ways to be or stay fit. Why do they have to cater to your specific view of fitness? They don't want hardcore athletes or fitness enthusiast. They are a causal gym. Complaining about planet fitness not being a real gym is no different than saying Mcdonald's doesn't serve real coffee.
  • AttisXVI

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    Jul 27, 2015 3:37 PM GMT
    Planet Fitness is designed and geared toward both casual gym-goers and your average American struggling with the balance of weight and lifestyle. It isn't meant for experienced lifters or bodybuilders or anyone whose goal is purely aesthetic.

    This is why I go to Golds. Golds is all about the bulk, and keeps at minimum two bench press stations (and I go to a small one). It has what Planet Fitness calls "Lunks" and "Meatheads" and everyone is there to work out and push themselves. Golds also tends to service a straight audience, which is important in DC.

    DC's gay gym is Vida Fitness, which is a boutique gym with all of the things you don't really need (like a hair salon and a rooftop wading pool) for $100 a month. The atmosphere is very judgy- in fact there is a lot of people watching and poolside exhibition. And with that, very few guys that are actually big. I go to the gym to work out. Nothing more. Nothing less. I wouldn't pay $100 a month to get appraised in the locker room even if I do love my body.


    The moral to the story is, you have to pick your gym carefully. Convenience isn't always the right answer. You absolutely need to choose your gym based on what you need, and if Planet Fitness no longer has the equipment you need and their policies do not show the equipment is coming back, it is definitely time to move. Do not stay in an environment that slows your progress.
  • Hotgymguy22

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    Jul 27, 2015 3:44 PM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    paulflexes said
    MrFuscle saidI don't understand why so many guys who are into fitness whine about planet fitness when they obviously are not the target demographic.
    Because it claims to be a fitness center, but the way they run their business is borderline false advertisement. For a person serious into fitness, and without having knowledge of PF's business model, that person could easily get caught up in a money pit of contracts and regret the money spent.


    This goes against my entire philosophy of fitness and IMO, is one of the reasons why so many people get turned off from fitness. There are so many ways to be or stay fit. Why do they have to cater to your specific view of fitness? They don't want hardcore athletes or fitness enthusiast. They are a causal gym. Complaining about planet fitness not being a real gym is no different than saying Mcdonald's doesn't serve real coffee.


    I've never stepped foot in a gym that did not have a bench press until today. That blows my mind. If Planet Fitness wants to cater to a demographic that doesn't care about a bench press then so be it. But it's not a very smart business decision to risk losing longtime members at the prospect of gaining new members. How many members will Planet Fitness gain because the removed the bench press? I doubt there will be one potential customer that comes in and tours the facility and exclaims "No bench press? I'm sold, sign me up."
  • metta

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    Jul 27, 2015 3:49 PM GMT
    How to Build Muscle at Planet Fitness

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    Jul 27, 2015 3:53 PM GMT
    Hotgymguy22 said
    MrFuscle said
    paulflexes said
    MrFuscle saidI don't understand why so many guys who are into fitness whine about planet fitness when they obviously are not the target demographic.
    Because it claims to be a fitness center, but the way they run their business is borderline false advertisement. For a person serious into fitness, and without having knowledge of PF's business model, that person could easily get caught up in a money pit of contracts and regret the money spent.


    This goes against my entire philosophy of fitness and IMO, is one of the reasons why so many people get turned off from fitness. There are so many ways to be or stay fit. Why do they have to cater to your specific view of fitness? They don't want hardcore athletes or fitness enthusiast. They are a causal gym. Complaining about planet fitness not being a real gym is no different than saying Mcdonald's doesn't serve real coffee.


    I've never stepped foot in a gym that did not have a bench press until today. That blows my mind. If Planet Fitness wants to cater to a demographic that doesn't care about a bench press then so be it. But it's not a very smart business decision to risk losing longtime members at the prospect of gaining new members. How many members will Planet Fitness gain because the removed the bench press? I doubt there will be one potential customer that comes in and tours the facility and exclaims "No bench press? I'm sold, sign me up."


    There will be people who come in and say, "No grunting, aggressive, muscle freaks showing off on a chest press, I'm sold." You may love the bench press. You may love people who use the bench press. There clearly is a market for a gym without a bench press. Most people who go to any commercial gym rarely if ever use a bench press. Those are the people they are after. As far as you being a long time member. If they feel your presence in anyway threatens their ability to sell more memberships they really don't and shouldn't car about how long you have been a member. They would gladly trade you for another member who signs up, shows up for two weeks and then rarely shows up while using autopay to pay there dues. Then they can show there non crowded gym to more people and make even more sales.
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    Jul 27, 2015 3:54 PM GMT
    AttisXVI saidPlanet Fitness is designed and geared toward both casual gym-goers and your average American struggling with the balance of weight and lifestyle. It isn't meant for experienced lifters or bodybuilders or anyone whose goal is purely aesthetic.

    This is why I go to Golds. Golds is all about the bulk, and keeps at minimum two bench press stations (and I go to a small one). It has what Planet Fitness calls "Lunks" and "Meatheads" and everyone is there to work out and push themselves. Golds also tends to service a straight audience, which is important in DC.

    DC's gay gym is Vida Fitness, which is a boutique gym with all of the things you don't really need (like a hair salon and a rooftop wading pool) for $100 a month. The atmosphere is very judgy- in fact there is a lot of people watching and poolside exhibition. And with that, very few guys that are actually big. I go to the gym to work out. Nothing more. Nothing less. I wouldn't pay $100 a month to get appraised in the locker room even if I do love my body.


    The moral to the story is, you have to pick your gym carefully. Convenience isn't always the right answer. You absolutely need to choose your gym based on what you need, and if Planet Fitness no longer has the equipment you need and their policies do not show the equipment is coming back, it is definitely time to move. Do not stay in an environment that slows your progress.


    exactly
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    Jul 27, 2015 5:39 PM GMT
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    There will be people who come in and say, "No grunting, aggressive, muscle freaks showing off on a chest press, I'm sold." You may love the bench press. You may love people who use the bench press. There clearly is a market for a gym without a bench press. Most people who go to any commercial gym rarely if ever use a bench press. Those are the people they are after. As far as you being a long time member. If they feel your presence in anyway threatens their ability to sell more memberships they really don't and shouldn't car about how long you have been a member. They would gladly trade you for another member who signs up, shows up for two weeks and then rarely shows up while using autopay to pay there dues. Then they can show there non crowded gym to more people and make even more sales.

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    This.

    Gyms are businesses. More members = more profits, considering that most members aren't frequent users. With the exception of MAYBE a specific franchise owner or mom & pop club here and there they care less about you than the bottom line.

    My $80/mo New York Sports Club in a prime high rent Village location (PF types of gyms tend to be built in low rent, mid-island commercial locations) recently initiated an additional $20/mo membership (use of only one location, no free towels).

    The gym's membership has quintupled.

    Long-time members, even those who convert to the lower-priced membership, complain about the crowds and the "riffraff." Some quit and go elsewhere, even though NYSC given what it offers is for most the closest and best deal in town even at $80/mo. Each dissatisfied old member that leaves is replaced by 10 new ones (who live on their own "Planet" thinking that $20/mo covers free towels; if wash & fold laundry service was so cheap we'd all send out. But I digress.)

    The reality is that it's a numbers game. That's the business model. It's far cheaper to let long-term members who pay more go. They're expendable. Your recourse? Join a better gym farther away at any price.

    Btw, my only issue with Planet Fitness is that it's the most judgmental judgment-free zone I've ever encountered. I've actually found the hardcore gyms the least judgmental because everybody's looking at themselves.
  • bishop65

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    Jul 27, 2015 5:49 PM GMT
    My friend and I were going to join a local Planet Fitness several years ago. We took the tour and I noticed that there wasn't a squat rack. I left immediately. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 27, 2015 5:51 PM GMT
    Planet fitness is for pussies. I bet you a bunch of "non judgmental" idiots got injured using the equipment incorrectly. But yeah I'd be pissed if my gym didn't have a bench press or a squat rack.
  • widestance

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    Jul 27, 2015 5:53 PM GMT

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    Jul 27, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    who needs a gym? P/U a good weight set and put it in your back yard or do body resistance exercises. Bulk looks great, but you'll look fat in clothes.....Unless, you #gonaked
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    Jul 27, 2015 7:03 PM GMT
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  • FRE0

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    Jul 27, 2015 7:21 PM GMT
    2bnaked saidwho needs a gym? P/U a good weight set and put it in your back yard or do body resistance exercises. Bulk looks great, but you'll look fat in clothes.....Unless, you #gonaked


    True, but when doing exercises at home, it is too easy to become distracted and put it off and off and off. By contrast, after arriving at the gym, one goes through the entire routine without temptations to be distracted.