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 Planet Fitness memberships: 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 $22.99/month. If you are interested in this card membership, you should reach out to a membership representative.
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. Black Card Members receive a Planet Fitness t-shirt and get to take part in Planet Fitness' Pizza Mondays and Bagel Tuesdays.
Planet Fitness strives to make all fitness members feel welcome, no matter their fitness level. The focal point of Planet Fitness is to eliminate the pressure and stress that comes from "gymtimidation" while participating in fitness training activities. This practice allows for fitness members to work out how and when they want. Going to the gym and feeling like you aren't good enough to be there just doesn't cut it. If you have struggled with that in the past, trying the Planet Fitness service may be your new fitness solution.
Planet Fitness charges a small $1 enrollment fee for Black Card members and $20–$29 enrollment fee for other members aside from the monthly membership 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 $39 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, strength equipment, and weights) for everyone. Planet Fitness has a lot of cardio machines, free weights of up to 80 lbs., curl bars, and other strength training equipment. The machines and equipment are adequate for the average gym user and is kept clean. Cardio machines are abundant which is a major advantage since many gyms do not provide enough of them. Treadmills are available with personal televisions for fitness members' use. Other features that may be of interest to potential customers are tanning beds, a Planet Fitness Gym App, and personal training.
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.
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
Phyllis M Wells
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.
William D McElveen
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.
last summer i got a membership at planet fitness and enjoyed it. i love the extra things like tanning beds and hydro massage chairs. great environment
Been apart of the gym for a good while great atmosphere they bring and at a great price
Love this place great atmosphere and great people around it easy access to weights
I have never used this gym membership, I tried canceling at the gym and they told me I had to pay my annual fee. I find this extremely harsh being as I never even activated the gym membership. Now I was charged $83 dollars to my credit card and am left without any money to feed my kids. I need this refunded as soon as possible and for this account to be canceled. It is extremely unfair I will be contact the BBB.
excellent staff, excellent facility, always clean and costs are the best!
The gym is clean and the equipment is in very good condition.
Great they are open 24 hours so I can go anytime down side is they have to have a credit card on file and if you don't have one you can't buy anything because they are cashless
Very good. Easy access. Clean well lighted facility.
Friendly open atmosphere with no intimidation. I love how they care for their members and provide free food at specific times in the month to show that we are appreciated. I only with they had free weight barbells for bench and squats. However, this helps reduce the muscle head people.
Good for the price. Good equipment. Good time availability.
Excellent. The people were nice the clients get along with each other because the place is run smoothly. I moved but I will join it again. The price is reasonable.
Professional, great customer service, friendly atmosphere with well maintained equipment and facilities.
I like the gym. Finally built one closer to me. I almost canceled because it was too far. I like the total body red bed. They should do 20 mins 3 times a week instead of 12 mins a day.
Clean, great equipment, never seems crowded when I am there. Staff is there to assist if you need help.
Excellent. They have everything that I need and is always clean
outstanding service and support friendly and approachable
Very clean large and very helpful trainers my son and my husband joined the only thing I thought was very unfair is that I paid for about two years and then cancelled asked if I could receive just a quarter of it back because husband had both hips replaced my father passed away and i had two surgeries myself and forgot all about the membership. They know and can see we never ever went so kinda thought it was t fair they would t offer me anything back.
I used Planet Fitness for 1 year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The facilities were clean, the equipment was in good repair, and it was never too crowded, even in January. I only stopped using Planet Fitness because there was a billing issue and I switched to a another gym that was closer to my job.
My truck was broken into in the parking lot. I was informed by staff that this is a major problem for them. I was assured that the corporate office would reach out to me regarding this matter. I have not heard from anyone.
I have a membership to Planet Fitness and use it a few times a week. It is the perfect membership for my use and the price makes it right. I have been to other gyms and Planet Fitness has the best feel and the people are great.
I have been a longtime member of Planet Fitness and don't plan to change that anytime soon. I love their staff and the good overall feel I have while working out. I like the atmosphere where everyone seems to be very comfortable and kind. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a gym.
The employees are mean and don't want to help. I am not familiar with done of the equipment and upon along for help I was either greeted with heavy sighs or some would roll their eyes as if I was a bother.