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Planet Fitness was founded in 1992 by Michael Grondahl, who purchased a financially struggling gym, and implemented a low-cost business model by dramatically reducing prices to compete against better-known brands. The goal was to meet the needs of occasional or first-time health club members, rather than more experienced members. The Planet Fitness brand has positioned itself as the leader for getting great value from a gym membership. Planet Fitness focuses on the average person who wants to get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Planet Fitness is unique in the fact that they discourage body-building and “gymtimidation.” Today, Planet Fitness has over 1000 locations with an estimated 6 million members across the United States. The company’s locations are either corporate- or individually owned and operated.
Planet Fitness is possibly the cheapest gym membership available at only $10/month. Contracts are month-to-month with no obligation. For example, certain fitness centers in the industry require you to make a three-to-six-month commitment upon signup. When it comes to price, on average, monthly gym memberships cost anywhere from $55/month to as much as $161/month.
Planet Fitness offers two types of membership: the $10 or Black Card membership. The $10 membership is the basic package without many perks beyond unlimited access to that particular gym. The Black Card Membership costs $21.99/month.
Black Card perks include 20 percent off Reebok products at outlet store locations and 10 percent off at Planet Fitness' online store. You also get unlimited access to other Planet Fitness locations, as well as to their massage chairs and tanning beds. Every member receives a Planet Fitness t-shirt and gets to take part in Planet Fitness' Pizza Mondays and Bagel Tuesdays.
Planet Fitness strives to make everyone feel welcome, no matter their fitness level. The focal point of Planet Fitness is to eliminate the pressure and stress that comes from "gymtimidation." Allowing members to work out how and when they want.
Planet Fitness charges a small $5 enrollment fee. When compared with other gyms in the fitness chain market, Planet fitness stands out. Most gyms charge an enrollment fee or initiation fee of $50 to $100. This makes becoming a member at Planet Fitness very affordable. Customers should be aware that Planet Fitness charges a $29 annual fee that is typically assessed in October. This fee is affordable for people on a budget when contrasted with the majority of fitness companies who charge hidden fees of $75 or more.
Generally, there is always enough gym equipment (machines and weights) for everyone. Planet Fitness does have a lot of cardio machines, free weights of up to 80 lbs., some curl bars, and other machines. The equipment is perfectly adequate for the average gym user and is kept clean. Cardio machines are abundant plus there are plenty of weights, tanning beds, and treadmills with their own televisions.
Planet Fitness has over 1,500 locations across all 50 states in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. This makes it easy for members who spend their time traveling or for those who move to a different state to find a Planet Fitness club near them.
While Planet Fitness offers some workout classes, they are smaller and much less diverse than some people may be used to. While many other gyms offer yoga, cycling, Zumba, barre, and many other classes, Planet Fitness generally provides classes that focus on specific muscle workouts. The main purpose of the classes is to help new members learn how to use the equipment or design their own individual workout plan. Still, many gym-goers enjoy having the option to pick from various classes and appreciate the social aspect of a group workout. Planet Fitness claims that it appeals to average gym member, but the limited class options suggest it caters more towards those who want to focus on just working out and not to those who want a more socially interactive workout.
Planet Fitness prides itself on the fact that it caters to the average person and provides a "Judgement Free Zone." However, some members may feel that the lunk alarm—an alarm that goes off whenever someone drops their weights, acts aggressively, carries a gallon jug of water, or grunts excessively and too loudly—directly goes against their no-judgment policy. It is possible that members may feel that the lunk alarm unfairly stereotypes those who want to put a little extra effort into their workout.
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It is a convenient gym at a reasonable price - until you have to cancel. I was away for 7 months so I wanted to suspend or cancel my membership. Took a many emails to do it. A real pain. Now tha I am back I hesitate to join again because I will be away for 6 months this winter.
Every time I go to planet fitness I have a good experience. I have never heard a bad word about Planet Fitness.
Cancelling your contract is ridiculous. We moved to Texas and they told us we have to go all the way back to SC to stop our contract. Crazy.
The ABSOLUTE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE! THE STAFF IS ILL EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE MOST BASIC INQUIRIES. BOTH NATHAN AND CHRISTY ARE RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL. WE HVE CANCELLED BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA EMAIL BUT CONTINUE TO BE CHARGED NOW GOING ON 7 MONTHS! EVERY TIME WE GO IN THEY ASSURE US IT WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. OF COURSE HAS NOT. THEY CLAIM NOT TO HVE A REGIONAL MANAGER OR SOMEONE OTHER THAN CHRISTY OR NATHAN TO HELP! I AM FRUSTRATED AND NEED HELP!! JUDGEMENT FREE?! I THINK NOT!! SHAME ON YOU PLANET FITNESS!!
Planet Fitness claims to be a judgment free zone, but, because of their “independently owned “ franchises, they “judge” against senior snow birds that have their membership paid by their insurance company. Corporate should really have more control over how their name/brand is used and presented to the public. The only reason for 2 stars is the equipment at the store at my home location is clean and friendly.
Planet fitness is a great place to come use the treadmills and other cardio machines; however I feel as though when I had problems they weren’t addressed.
Great work out machines, and the running treadmills! I love working out at Planet fitness. I feel so good about my self and the workers are so nice to help when I have troubles with something.
I am currently using planet fitness facilities and I am impressed with the overall environment. Their equipment is current. The vibe is positive. There is always equipment available and about 20 different TVs to watch. The bathrooms are always clean. The staff is always friendly and helpful. And you can’t beat their prices. They often run a $10/month special. That can’t be beat. Truly.
Such a great environment to work out at. The workers are so nice and willing to help. The equipment is great and the gym is always so nice and clean.
I love to go to planet fitness because it’s not complicated and i love my black card.
The gym is okay for the price but watch out for the hidden fees!
My wife joined the gym along with my 16 year old son.They only went ONE TIME in weeks.My wife went to the gym to CANCEL the membership.She was informed that an 80.00 maintenance fee was taken out of her bank account She closed the account and left quite up set.I AM ON SS DISABILITY.THAT 80.00 REALLY HURT.A couple of months later my wife finds out that PF has been taking money out if her BANK account.They never closed her account.The girl whom she spoke to doesn't work there anymore.I contacted the gym manager who refused to even look at her account.I called the regional manager who NEVER called me back.
Love our Planet Fitness! Clean, large, plenty of equipment. The staff are friendly. I prefer to work out alone and I do the 30 minute circuit which is only crowded when they have a class. Occasionally, the class starts when I am working out and I just join in. I have learned a few new techniques this way. Love the hydro massage and body enhancing booths. I am over weight and I don’t fell intimidated or uncomfortable here.
Great gym. Staff is nice and willing to answer questions. Price I Ky a month is perfect especially when I don’t make that much of money! Equipment works good and store is always clean
I’ve been going to planet fitness for a couple months now and I really like it. The staff is so friendly. The gym has nice equipment and it is always clean. It is also an affordable price.
I like Planet Fitness because I feel safe and comfortable in these facilities because they don’t have mirrors.
The only regrets I have is that I didn't use my black card membership sooner . Last summer I signed up and thought you can do this . I suffer from anxiety attacks disorders and the thoughts of being stared at or laughed at kept me from going . After 9 months of paying for a membership i hadn't used once , I made it a goal to go and check it out . The atmosphere was inviting , music was playing , the gym was nice and cool and no one stares at us or laughed. Staff is friendly , the equipment is clean . We love the SCIFIT step one recumbent stepper . The gym I go to has only 2 machines . A lot of people love the machine too . Wish they had more than 2 . Highly recommend to friends and family .
Great people that are genuinely trying to get fit. Good culture. Not your typically gym
Planet Fitness has a clean facility for working out in, they don't have a free weight though.
planet fitness has alway been a good gym to go to for me there very welcoming and very nice.
For only $10 a months it’s such an amazing deal! I loved working out there! And I never felt judged. Everyone there encourages each other to push hard and that they can do it. It’s also nice not worrying about comparing my self to others. If I ever had problems with my card or lost it they were super awesome in replacing it or helping me fix the problem. Love that gym!
Planet Fitness is a great gym. They offer a variety of extra workout class options which I appreciate. The equipment is nice and well kept. The environment is friendly. The price is not bad and teens get the whole summer free which is awesome.
I like the atmosphere at Planet Fitness. People just going to exercise not going there to show off. I did cancel my membership, but if I sign back up it will be with Planet Fitness.
Cheap cheap cheap, but you need to be self-motivated and have an idea of how to put together your own workout in order to get the most out of this gym. You can pay extra for trainer-led classes.
Ive loved going to planet fitness, its the less crowded gym without the gym sharks, the atmosphere is clean and friendly
This is a great place for fitness. weights, running, swimming, yoga
I like Planet fitness and what they stand for, what I don't like is they advertise "unlimited guest privileges" with a black card membership. What that really means is a guest can come with you anytime you go, but they don't have full access to everything the card holder does, only the weights & machines. It's my opinion that unlimited means unlimited.
Planet fitness has a great, new and clean array of equipment ready to get anyone to sign a contract, and they even got tiny ceiling fans to give the perception and image that they care about user comfort, but when you get down to it, Planet fitness is truly a different experience. They say that the corporate rule is to set the thermostat to 68-72F. Well guess what? Most independent franchises choose the 72 F because they would rather save a nickel on their electric bill than to provide user comfort! And if you complain, corporate says each franchise is independently owned and therefore they can essentially do whatever they want. Even moreover, if you dare to look at one of their thermostats (assuming they are not locked away in an employee room or whatever), you will likely get a threatening shout and reprimand from one of their employees telling you that peeking at the thermostats is not allowed and doing so can result in disciplinary action! In other words, Planet Fitness seems to be treating their thermostat readings as a Trade Secret of theirs that if you violate it, you get subject to disciplinary action. Even more so, their tiny ceiling fans provide negligible long term comfort. If you go in there to be cute and pick up a partner or stretch, it won't matter, but if you jog for more than 10 minutes, even at a low speed, it is a big deal. Because there is essentially no substantial circulation (which is unlike outdoors where there is often a circulation) and because often the temperature in their facilities is in the 70 to 80F range, you will sweat profusely and unnecessarily after about 10 minutes of said mild jogging. My routine is 40 minutes, and often my T shirt is thoroughly soaked after that or I have to cut my routine short because of the uncomfortable hot and stuffy atmosphere in their thrifty establishments. If you ask if you can bring in a personal fan, even if it is battery operated, and the result is always the same "NO", we can not allow that. Planet Fitness promotes short term relationships and greed and profit by minimizing their electric bill over customer comfort and safety. But when it comes to customer comfort to anyone who seriously works out, it is "you don't matter in our scheme" or some threat of disciplinary action or whatever. If you have the resources, buy a treadmill, install it in your basement of your own home and buy an electric fan. Planet Fitness has no interest in your comfort or safety! This is because your comfort and safety conflicts with their goal of maximizing profits by using the Iron Fist on their customers and by minimizing their electric bill.
Like planet fitness, good quality equipment and overall customer service. I like all of the reee space
Planet fitness is a great place to go workout! People mind their own business and no judgement at all! Pricing is competitive and fair. They cancelled a membership for a family member who went out of the country without any hassle.
Good gym for the price. Just found it interesting that they offer tootsie rolls on their front desk, a pizza night once a month, and a bagel breakfast once a month. Some people probably love those perks but for someone trying to get in shape those food choices don't seem the best. They were always super friendly though and helpful if you needed it. We just quit because our promotional pricing went away and we could do what we were doing there at our home. Cancelling was pretty easy though and they didn't give us much hassle.
I absolutely love planet fitness. I have been a member for about 4 years and I plan on being a member for many years to come. The staff members are always helpful and they made becoming a member easy and stress free. I don’t plan on cancelling my membership any time soon—but if I did, I know that they wouldn’t pressure me into staying a member
Friendly employees , great atmosphere,Very clean and helpful to show you how to use the equipment
Very welcoming customer service. Great place to work out without people just hanging around the machines.
good very helpful and nice people have been paying and not been there over 5months
new and inspiring, havent used the gym in a while, nice welcoming
I was a member for several years and enjoyed every minute of it. Their staff made me feel a part of the gym to do as little or as much as I wanted from the start. There is a "no judgement" environment. Everyone is welcome to be there and enjoy at his or her own pace.
I enjoy going to the gym. Customer service is great and the equipment is very good.
The "no judgement" atmosphere is exemplified by the staff. They are attentive and ready to help the patrons.
It is close to my house and the cost pric and the location and the friendly people and the 24/7hours l am finish.. e..
horrible absolutely horrible customer service,, do not care about their members at all!!
It's a friendly, non-judgmental place to work out. My only complaint is the personal trainer classes aren't scheduled very well.
Planet fitness is close to my house, it clean and the staff are helpful
Excellent equipment, very clean. Helpful courteous staff, roomy, spacious, and comfortable.
Silly rules that demote fitness and promote poor health.
Extremely nitpicky with their patrons. God forbid you actually exercise to lose weight at Planet Fitness.
Amazingly low priced, no contract, quality equipment, on site FREE trainer. Quit any time. It is month to month. Very friendly and helpful staff.taff
Only mediocre. More chit chat than actually paying attn to customers. Act like they are doing you a favor to answer questions. Dont pay attn to people hogging equipment just talking on their cell phones. Many people DO NOT clean equipment aftet using it. No one seems to care. Pros act disinterested in what they are teaching/observing
I absolutely love planet fitness. I have been going to this gym for 2 years now and will continue to go. I feel confident going there with no one judging me which isn’t the case at other gyms. When I’ve needed help learning what equipment does what, they always help in a happy manor.
I have been a Planet Fitness member for a few years now. They are great!! I LOVE that I can workout when I want to workout. I love the fact that they have 40 treadmills, 7 or more cycling machines, 30 elliptical machines and all those strength training machines. Because they have SO MANY machines, I know that when I pull in to a parking lot full of cars, there will still be a machine for me inside! The newly remodeled bathrooms are wonderful! The lockers are a safe place to store my gear. The staff goes out of their way to be friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I get a personal "Hello" and "Goodbye" every time I go there. And they happily print out my workout log so I can submit it to my insurance company, which pays me to stay healthy.