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February 1, 2013 8:31 PM
I'm not saying 500 lbs is a lot.....it's simply more than the equipment at Planet Fitness provides. I'm not surprised that you didn't understand that. The only judgement passed is on knuckleheads like you.
  16868239
February 1, 2013 8:33 PM
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Going to Planet Fitness is like going to a gay bar where they're holding group therapy.


You are an idiot. BTW, based on your avatar.....it's no wonder that you don't like the place, because you are certainly not welcome there.

I've been going to Planet Fitness since September. It's great for people with modest lifting goals that don't need classes or court sports. The PF I go to has dumbbells up to 75 lbs, which is plenty for the vast majority of people. They have smith machines for people who don't want to use the other equipment (although I'm personally not a fan of them). They don't target people who are big and wearing tank tops unless they act like the DB that I quoted above. The machines are generally equipped with lower amounts of weight but in general, it's enough for normal people. Anyone strong enough to do the whole stack at PF probably needs to consider a different gym.

The free pizza is a cool feature because it's one night a month where I talk to people at the gym. I don't believe in interjecting myself into someone's workout routine, but generally, people enjoy chatting over a slice of pie. BTW, one or two slices of pizza in a month doesn't hurt anyone. Of course, the reality is that less than half the people that show up on that one free pizza night per month actually eat pizza.

They actually have trainers who will explain how to use any of the equipment if you are brave enough to ask. So, if you are looking at a place with decent cardio equipment, modest weightlifting equipment and a "no judgement" atmosphere, Planet Fitness is a good place to look. If you aspire to leg press 500 lbs........wrong place.


so from what I gather from your comment, anyone who wants to look mediocre, doesn't want to get stronger, doesn't want to be judged (because they think they are so important, all the attention is on them), then planet fitness is for them.
February 1, 2013 8:34 PM
from what im reading. planet fitness is perfect..it keeps away all the people that hate on it..if you dont like it , dont go. I for one love it because it keeps the lunk heads away. Anyways, any gym that gets you off your butt and work out, is a good gym to me!
  25092769
February 1, 2013 8:39 PM
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I'm not saying 500 lbs is a lot.....it's simply more than the equipment at Planet Fitness provides. I'm not surprised that you didn't understand that. The only judgement passed is on knuckleheads like you.


The real knuckleheads are the people who go to a gym and train like a bunch of nancies and get less-than-optimal results. I spend the same amount of time in the gym as most of the members at PF and get twice the physical adaptation and this makes me a lunk head? This actually shows that I manage my training and my time more efficiently and have more knowledge and motivation than your average commercial gym goer. You are apparently experiencing some causation confusion.
  31477064
February 1, 2013 8:50 PM
I go there, i like it, not sure why people think a "gym" has anything to do with your physique..........its what you do there that matters.........you can build a great body anywhere if you understand how it works........


if you just want to make alot of noise and pretend to be a tough guy, its not for you though
  8660665
February 1, 2013 8:54 PM
For the price, it's great. There are a couple things that I'm not a big fan of. 1) Nothing to dead-lift which sucks 2) no plyoboxes or kettle bells 3) Very limited selection of free weights (pretty much all machines) except there isn't a squat machine which is pretty much the only one I like to use in the first place (I feel self conscious using a squat rack). Having said that, the membership cost means that I suck it up and find creative ways of getting what I want done, done. There is always plenty of equipment free (at mine) and there is a hydro-massage bed that has literally been the only reason I went and worked out at least one time. Plus (I upgraded to the "black card") I can take a friend with me every time I go (for free) which is cool. Also it is the only 24 hour gym near me and I tend to work out late at night (my schedule is weird). I guess the answer is that it depends on what you are looking for. If you want a cheap (but slightly stripped down) gym that you can go get some cardio and weights (and you don't mind using machines for weights) done at, it's great. If you want something much nicer or more advanced, you might want to look elsewhere (the cost will likely be higher as well.)
  35761138
February 1, 2013 8:56 PM
A two year membership to 24 hour fitness is about $300 when purchased from Costco. That's like $12.50 a month. They have a bunch of free zumba classes and a bunch of other stuff women like. They also have a decent selection of free weights when you realize how much better they are than the machines...and you can throw the dumbbells on the ground when you're done.
  24683313
February 1, 2013 8:57 PM
The one I used to belong to...I absolutely hated it. Didn't like the equipment...there were "max speed" limits on the arc trainers (so, if you wanted to push yourself to a certain exertion, it would all of a sudden triple your resistance and tell you you're at max speed and to slow down. I'm sure it's to keep the equipment from wearing out too quickly or being abused by crazy people who don't use any resistance with their intensity). But, for someone like me who really loves going to a gym and doing different routines, I felt like my Planet Fitness was so bland, boring and limited, thus it made me really unmotivated to be there because I didn't enjoy being there.

I will say the judgement free zone thing rings true - there seemed to be people of all shapes and sizes there and all going about their routines without people watching or judging anyone else. I'll echo what others have said - check out a couple different local gyms and take a tour/free week trial to see what "feels" right to you. At the end of the day, you got to feel comfortable and feel good being there to stay motivated and push through your workout. You could also check to see if your work (if you work full-time) offers any kind of fitness benefits (like paying for part of your monthly gym membership or if they have a deal with a local gym for its employees). Good luck!
  8123320
February 2, 2013 6:04 AM
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so from what I gather from your comment, anyone who wants to look mediocre, doesn't want to get stronger, doesn't want to be judged (because they think they are so important, all the attention is on them), then planet fitness is for them.


Again, a perfect example of the kind of knucklehead that doesn't belong at a place like planet fitness.

There are some guys that go there that are pretty damned stacked. Even though there is a sign as you walk through the front door that says no tank tops, I'm getting ready to head there with one on right now and they never say anything. I've increased the amount that I curl by 30 lbs since I started there, my lat pulls by 40 lbs, my row by 20 lbs, and my leg press by 100 lbs. Now, the overall numbers aren't that impressive but then again, I'm not in a weight lifting competition with anyone but myself. I'm getting stronger over time using the place. There is a group of three guys that started there about a month after I did that I see just about every time I'm there regardless of the day of week (meaning I go 3-4 days a week and they go 6-7 days). They aren't getting "huge" but they are definitely getting bigger and stronger with better definition.

If you are some insecure DB loading up on creatine, HGH and other supplements thinking that huge muscles make you a better person and that you judge anyone who doesn't share your desire to have pancake tits and batwings like Arnold when they are 65 years old.........Planet Fitness isn't the place for you. If you want to grunt, throw your weights around and chug from your gallon of water, head your a$$ over to Gold's Gym or whatever place it is that values that atmosphere. There's nothing wrong with wanting to lift large amounts of weight and I was in awe of the dude that I saw at the YMCA last year who could lat pull 250 lbs with each arm. I respect the people who can do that without making "gay bar" type comments. I don't respect anyone who thinks that their value in life is based on how much weight that they can lift because the reality is that nature is a cruel b!tch and those people will learn in short order that their value is going to be ripped from them by old age, and that's a truly sad thing.
  16868239
February 2, 2013 6:39 AM
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so from what I gather from your comment, anyone who wants to look mediocre, doesn't want to get stronger, doesn't want to be judged (because they think they are so important, all the attention is on them), then planet fitness is for them.


Again, a perfect example of the kind of knucklehead that doesn't belong at a place like planet fitness.

There are some guys that go there that are pretty damned stacked. Even though there is a sign as you walk through the front door that says no tank tops, I'm getting ready to head there with one on right now and they never say anything. I've increased the amount that I curl by 30 lbs since I started there, my lat pulls by 40 lbs, my row by 20 lbs, and my leg press by 100 lbs. Now, the overall numbers aren't that impressive but then again, I'm not in a weight lifting competition with anyone but myself. I'm getting stronger over time using the place. There is a group of three guys that started there about a month after I did that I see just about every time I'm there regardless of the day of week (meaning I go 3-4 days a week and they go 6-7 days). They aren't getting "huge" but they are definitely getting bigger and stronger with better definition.

If you are some insecure DB loading up on creatine, HGH and other supplements thinking that huge muscles make you a better person and that you judge anyone who doesn't share your desire to have pancake tits and batwings like Arnold when they are 65 years old.........Planet Fitness isn't the place for you. If you want to grunt, throw your weights around and chug from your gallon of water, head your a$$ over to Gold's Gym or whatever place it is that values that atmosphere. There's nothing wrong with wanting to lift large amounts of weight and I was in awe of the dude that I saw at the YMCA last year who could lat pull 250 lbs with each arm. I respect the people who can do that without making "gay bar" type comments. I don't respect anyone who thinks that their value in life is based on how much weight that they can lift because the reality is that nature is a cruel b!tch and those people will learn in short order that their value is going to be ripped from them by old age, and that's a truly sad thing.


Looks like someone missed the point.

We're not saying you can't get results there. We're saying it's not optimal, because anyone who aspires to pick up anything that isn't a joke weight will be out of this gym's league within six months. They are good for a few things: people who love cardio with a little strength training, people who can't lift heavy due to medical issues, and dolts who are perfectly fine lifting a weight 20 times and calling the pump they get from it gains.
February 2, 2013 8:08 AM
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so from what I gather from your comment, anyone who wants to look mediocre, doesn't want to get stronger, doesn't want to be judged (because they think they are so important, all the attention is on them), then planet fitness is for them.


Again, a perfect example of the kind of knucklehead that doesn't belong at a place like planet fitness.

There are some guys that go there that are pretty damned stacked. Even though there is a sign as you walk through the front door that says no tank tops, I'm getting ready to head there with one on right now and they never say anything. I've increased the amount that I curl by 30 lbs since I started there, my lat pulls by 40 lbs, my row by 20 lbs, and my leg press by 100 lbs. Now, the overall numbers aren't that impressive but then again, I'm not in a weight lifting competition with anyone but myself. I'm getting stronger over time using the place. There is a group of three guys that started there about a month after I did that I see just about every time I'm there regardless of the day of week (meaning I go 3-4 days a week and they go 6-7 days). They aren't getting "huge" but they are definitely getting bigger and stronger with better definition.

If you are some insecure DB loading up on creatine, HGH and other supplements thinking that huge muscles make you a better person and that you judge anyone who doesn't share your desire to have pancake tits and batwings like Arnold when they are 65 years old.........Planet Fitness isn't the place for you. If you want to grunt, throw your weights around and chug from your gallon of water, head your a$$ over to Gold's Gym or whatever place it is that values that atmosphere. There's nothing wrong with wanting to lift large amounts of weight and I was in awe of the dude that I saw at the YMCA last year who could lat pull 250 lbs with each arm. I respect the people who can do that without making "gay bar" type comments. I don't respect anyone who thinks that their value in life is based on how much weight that they can lift because the reality is that nature is a cruel b!tch and those people will learn in short order that their value is going to be ripped from them by old age, and that's a truly sad thing.


We all understand that different people have different goals but it really sounds like you are just insecure and don't like to see people who are more dedicated than you. Also, HGH is not a supplement, it's a class III controlled substance and lifting heavy doesn't give you pancake tits, it gives you pecs. That's the kind of broscience I would expect to hear from a PF advocate.
  31477064
February 2, 2013 8:50 AM
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We all understand that different people have different goals but it really sounds like you are just insecure and don't like to see people who are more dedicated than you. Also, HGH is not a supplement, it's a class III controlled substance and lifting heavy doesn't give you pancake tits, it gives you pecs. That's the kind of broscience I would expect to hear from a PF advocate.


Lifting gives you pecs.....until you are old. Have you seen a recent picture of Arnold on the beach? He looks ok for an old dude, but there is stuff sagging in all sorts of places. The problem with placing too much value on how much you can lift and demeaning people who don't want to be huge is that you are setting yourself up for disappointment in the long term. Again, I respect the people who lift and don't have attitudes, but when you start popping off trying to compare a gym to a gay bar for humor, it deserves a negative response. Also, far too many people use supplements that aren't necessarily a good idea or healthy. BTW, before you jump into the idiot pool again, I realize that protein shakes and similar items aren't bad for you in moderation. BTW, for a guy who appears to think he knows a lot, good job posting an avatar where you are lifting with your back. Good way to end up injured.

If you think that curling 75 lb dumbbells is for pussies and that anyone who can't bench 250 is an undedicated loser, Planet Fitness is not for you. It's a simple as that. If you think that because someone goes to Planet Fitness, they are an undedicated loser, you are a dumba$$. Planet Fitness is great for someone who wants to improve themselves in moderation and doesn't have any desire to be huge. It's also nice that I can go there with my son for $20/month instead of $50/month at the YMCA or $75 at the other health clubs.
  16868239
February 2, 2013 9:07 AM
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We all understand that different people have different goals but it really sounds like you are just insecure and don't like to see people who are more dedicated than you. Also, HGH is not a supplement, it's a class III controlled substance and lifting heavy doesn't give you pancake tits, it gives you pecs. That's the kind of broscience I would expect to hear from a PF advocate.


Lifting gives you pecs.....until you are old. Have you seen a recent picture of Arnold on the beach? He looks ok for an old dude, but there is stuff sagging in all sorts of places. The problem with placing too much value on how much you can lift and demeaning people who don't want to be huge is that you are setting yourself up for disappointment in the long term. Again, I respect the people who lift and don't have attitudes, but when you start popping off trying to compare a gym to a gay bar for humor, it deserves a negative response. Also, far too many people use supplements that aren't necessarily a good idea or healthy. BTW, before you jump into the idiot pool again, I realize that protein shakes and similar items aren't bad for you in moderation. BTW, for a guy who appears to think he knows a lot, good job posting an avatar where you are lifting with your back. Good way to end up injured.

If you think that curling 75 lb dumbbells is for pussies and that anyone who can't bench 250 is an undedicated loser, Planet Fitness is not for you. It's a simple as that. If you think that because someone goes to Planet Fitness, they are an undedicated loser, you are a dumba$$. Planet Fitness is great for someone who wants to improve themselves in moderation and doesn't have any desire to be huge. It's also nice that I can go there with my son for $20/month instead of $50/month at the YMCA or $75 at the other health clubs.


Lifting with your back injures you? Hmm...you should try telling that to...oh I don't know...every person who's ever been serious about the deadlift in their life. Are you just intentionally trolling, or do you really not know what the hell you are talking about?
February 2, 2013 10:05 AM
Every PF is different. Your gym experience is what you make it. With over 600 gyms country-wide, and more coming, they must be doing something right :) Unfortunately, the nearest one for me is over 35 minutes away. Oh, and it is Planet FITNESS a fitness club, not Planet BODY BUILDING...
Edited by tina1767 On February 2, 2013 10:09 AM
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February 2, 2013 12:07 PM
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If you enjoy cheap membership, machines, pizza, bagels, candy, low weights, and insecure people, Planet Fitness is amazing.


The only insecure people I see on this thread so far are those that are threatened by the existence of any type of fitness facility that doesn't worship their particular style of niche exercising.
February 2, 2013 12:11 PM
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If you enjoy cheap membership, machines, pizza, bagels, candy, low weights, and insecure people, Planet Fitness is amazing.


The only insecure people I see on this thread so far are those that are threatened by the existence of any type of fitness facility that doesn't worship their particular style of niche exercising.


Niche exercising? Since when is free barbell lifting niche exercising? In fact, I am pretty sure PF, Victory Lady, and Curves are about the only gyms that don't have this...and even VL has ONE barbell kicking around at a time.

No, Smith machines do not count, and since that's about the closest you'll get in PF, I think you see my point.
February 2, 2013 1:03 PM
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I had a membership. If you sign up around new years and when they're running specials it's $99 for the year. If not it's $10 a month - but there is usually a $20 down payment up front and every year an annual fee of around $60. If you can pay the $99 up front you save the extra costs.

Overall good gym - I just found I never made it there so I didn't re-new this year. I like that they have early morning and late night hours (some 24 hours I think). I never had an issues and staff pretty much leaves you alone to do your own thing. The price is right and I didn't waste money on the black card ($20 a month with guest passes and tanning).


$99 FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Here in australia, perth, the gym I am is one of the best when it comes to pricing around the area, and its around $300 for the whole year! then again, cost of living is damn high here >.<


You're both very lucky. The cheapest gym in Qatar comes to around 500USD/YEAR. I joined one last year & broke my ankle a few months later. I lost hair thinking about the money I was wasting
  29775620
February 2, 2013 1:24 PM
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I had a membership. If you sign up around new years and when they're running specials it's $99 for the year. If not it's $10 a month - but there is usually a $20 down payment up front and every year an annual fee of around $60. If you can pay the $99 up front you save the extra costs.

Overall good gym - I just found I never made it there so I didn't re-new this year. I like that they have early morning and late night hours (some 24 hours I think). I never had an issues and staff pretty much leaves you alone to do your own thing. The price is right and I didn't waste money on the black card ($20 a month with guest passes and tanning).


$99 FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Here in australia, perth, the gym I am is one of the best when it comes to pricing around the area, and its around $300 for the whole year! then again, cost of living is damn high here >.<


You're both very lucky. The cheapest gym in Qatar comes to around 500USD/YEAR. I joined one last year & broke my ankle a few months later. I lost hair thinking about the money I was wasting


Yeah, but since Qatar has no income tax, you still own our faces. ;)
February 2, 2013 1:28 PM
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Any gym that provides candy at the front desk, has pizza parties, and supplies bagels, does not have fitness and your best interest at heart.


To me it is a total joke no scale to check your weight? They say no judgement but if a alarm goes off if you swear or grunt is passing a judgement.
February 2, 2013 1:29 PM
It's a very inexpensive "cardio-center". If getting a gym membership there means you will exercise, then go for it.
February 2, 2013 1:49 PM
it's inexpensive and in my opinion, that is the end of it's merits.

every planet fitness i've been to is pretty much a cardio center. they say it's a judge free zone, but they'll judge the **** out of you if you do a dead lift, or drop a weight. they don't even have barbells or a proper squat rack. they have smith machines. and not even the "good" smith machine that can move back and forth. they have the crappy smith machine that only goes up and down.

i know a few people that have started at planet fitness and have grown out of the gym very quickly. like taso said, if it get you working out and in a gym, thats great.
  22872058
February 2, 2013 2:09 PM
I'm a beginning power lifter, and I still think PF is a great gym. I used to belong to a PF that was 2 minutes away from work. It was a great way for me to relieve some stress after a long day. I never had to wait for a cardio machine ever, and I was always there during rush hour. Then I'd go home and do my bodyrock/zwow/loving fit workout for the day. It worked quite well for me for a time. It was affordable, very very clean, everyone was friendly, and the red light therapy makes your skin super soft (warning- may result in being turned into a lampshade.) Any of the few other gyms in the area were much more expensive- in the $50-60/month range, so I set my dreams of barbell lifting aside.

I moved about 6 months ago, and the PF here isn't nearly as nice as my old PF, but it's still cheap, clean, and friendly. (No red light though. Booo.) The area I'm in has way more gyms than where I used to live, and I found a gym with a power rack for 20/month. So I switched a couple months ago. While I think barbell lifting is great (and not really that hardcore) it isn't the only way to get an effective workout. It might be the most efficient way, but not the only way. laugh

ETA: I've never heard the lunk alarm. Ever. Although as others have noted each PF is a Franchise so make sure you check out the one in your area to see how they handle things.
Edited by Fittreelol On February 2, 2013 2:10 PM
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Edited by Loftearmen On February 2, 2013 2:56 PM
  31477064
February 3, 2013 1:41 AM
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I had a membership. If you sign up around new years and when they're running specials it's $99 for the year. If not it's $10 a month - but there is usually a $20 down payment up front and every year an annual fee of around $60. If you can pay the $99 up front you save the extra costs.

Overall good gym - I just found I never made it there so I didn't re-new this year. I like that they have early morning and late night hours (some 24 hours I think). I never had an issues and staff pretty much leaves you alone to do your own thing. The price is right and I didn't waste money on the black card ($20 a month with guest passes and tanning).


$99 FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Here in australia, perth, the gym I am is one of the best when it comes to pricing around the area, and its around $300 for the whole year! then again, cost of living is damn high here >.<


You're both very lucky. The cheapest gym in Qatar comes to around 500USD/YEAR. I joined one last year & broke my ankle a few months later. I lost hair thinking about the money I was wasting


Yeah, but since Qatar has no income tax, you still own our faces. ;)


HAHAHA The way things are going now, I wish we paid income tax if things got cheaper
  29775620
February 3, 2013 8:36 AM
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Any gym that provides candy at the front desk, has pizza parties, and supplies bagels, does not have fitness and your best interest at heart.


They give out pizza one day a month and bagels one day a month. Anyone who views that as a problem has lost grip with how normal people go through their lives. Getting fit and living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean sacrificing everything all the time. Unless you are obsessed with looking like a model, a slice of pizza is a good reward for hard work the rest of the month.

As far as Planet Fitness goes, it's a great place if you like to do your own thing and your goals don't involve really heavy lifting. if you want classes, lots of heavy free weights and the ability to "grunt" when you work out......Planet Fitness isn't for you. It all depends on your personal goals. Don't listen to the haters who say negative things about Planet Fitness, they are one of the reasons that PF is THE fastest growing fitness company in the United States.
Edited by kuger4119 On February 3, 2013 9:12 AM
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