This Is Every Wrong With Planet Fitness
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

This Is Every Wrong With Planet Fitness

You should be suspicious of any gym that gives you free pizza.

11656
This Is Every Wrong With Planet Fitness
Tumblr

My new roommates are both very fit dudes who work out regularly. When I moved in with them, the older roommate offered to work out with me and show me his routine. A new Planet Fitness opened up down the street from our place so we both purchased memberships so he could show me the ropes. For only $10 a month, it seemed like a great deal. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

Everything is Purple

I have no problem with the color purple. It’s the color of royalty and the unofficial hue of black people. However everything inside Planet Fitness is purple and it’s more than an eyesore.

The inside of a Planet Fitness.

The Lunk Alarm

Planet Fitness brands itself as a “No judgment zone” and doesn’t want people to be intimidated by super intense lifters or Instagram models which they refer to as “lunks”. For this reason, every location is outfitted with a siren that goes off if a member drops their weights or grunts super loudly. So you are literally punished by way of a public shaming for working out too hard. I wish I was making this up.


No Personal Training of Any Kind Allowed

Considering my roommate and I bought memberships for the sole purpose of him training me how to lift weights safely and effectively, we were really thrown off by this alert painted on the mirrors.

Pizza Night and Bagel Breakfast

The first Monday of every month is an all you can eat pizza night and the second Tuesday of each month features a complimentary bagel bar. You don’t need to be a health nut to know that pizza and bagels are the antithesis to a nutritious diet.

60lbs Weight Limit

Now I’m no meathead but I’ve seen home gyms with dumbbells that exceed 60lbs. At Planet Fitness, if you need to lift anything bigger then you’re probably a “lunk” and you already know how they feel about that.

Banned Exercises

In keeping with their Anti-Fitness regime, Planet Fitness also bans its members from doing certain exercises. One of these banned exercises is the weightlifting staple, the deadlift. A gym where you’re not allowed to do deadlifts is like a gym without treadmills. But don’t worry about that because…

There are wall-to-wall treadmills

I just eyeballed it, but I’d have to guess that the Planet Fitness I went to was comprised of 85% cardio equipment. Don’t they know that a marathon isn’t won off of running endurance alone? A good fitness regimen requires a balance of cardiovascular and strength training. But hey, if walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes makes you feel better about the pizza they’re feeding you then more power to ya.

Planet Fitness isn’t a gym

Have you ever wondered how a gym can stay charge so little every month and still stay in business? The average Planet Fitness has 20-30 times more members per location than they are equipped to handle at once. Their business model is dependent on the majority of their members not actually using their memberships. They provide a comfortable and convenient service to get you to sign up, but discourage any real working out. And at ten bucks a month, most people aren’t that guilty if they skip a month, or two, or twenty-two. In fact, many people use it as a pizza dinner every month.

All their commercials proudly declare that Planet Fitness isn’t a gym. So then what is it? Maybe a good word for it would be a scam. Let me explain.

The Problem with Planet Fitness

A gym is a gym is a gym. Planet Fitness has the essential tools necessary to get in shape if you’re starting out. The idea of a no judgment place where you can workout at your own pace without being intimidated is a great one. Everyone should feel comfortable working out because the lunks of the world weren’t always super ripped or had ab lines stretching from their pubic arch up to their ribcage. If you’re working out, no matter what you look like or how experienced you are, the fact that you’re trying is an amazing thing. Planet Fitness does a great job of encouraging thousands of people to get in shape who otherwise wouldn’t step foot in the gym.

The issue is that while the staff and field management might genuinely want you to succeed on your weight loss journey, the corporate powers to be want you to fail while continuing to put their kids through college. So if you want to get in shape and don’t know where to start, Planet Fitness can be a great option as long as you have a way to stay encouraged to push yourself passed what you thought was possible for true growth. Everything at Planet Fitness is designed to tell its members to only reach for low-hanging fruit, or this case, a slice of pizza.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Peter Truong

If you still have not figured out what you want to cook on Thanksgiving, baked macaroni and cheese is something worth considering. It is simple, affordable, and delicious. I have had many different types of baked mac and cheese and most are dry. I do not like a dry mac and cheese, it just does not seem appealing to me. If you like the creamy cheesy essence of mac and cheese, look no further, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

Keep Reading... Show less

As a first-year college student, I've been doing a lot of meeting and introducing myself to people, often with the classic format of "name, hometown, major".

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

This Simple 7-Step DIY Face Mask Combines Safety — And Sustainability

Instead of studying like I intended on doing today, I made a face mask for some reason and thought I'd share how I did.

42887

If you were looking for a simple way to make a mask, I am happy to share how I personally make them. I have a pretty small face in general, so I prefer having my homemade ones so they fit better. This is also a great alternative to just throwing away any clothes! Before starting, you will need to make sure you have fabric, thread, a needle, and pins; if you have a sewing machine, you obviously could use that instead of hand sewing it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Ways To Handle The Stress Of Earning Your Degree From Your Childhood Bedroom

Oh so this was the room where I snuck cookies upstairs past my bedtime and stole R-Rated movies to watch when my parents were asleep and now I'm expected to earn my degree in this very same room?

21776
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It's definitely not easy, but it's something so many kids are struggling with right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

November is such an underrated month. With all the excitement that comes with Halloween ending and the holiday season around the corner, some people skip over it and go straight to their Christmas playlist. For me though, November is the perfect time to compile a playlist of songs that bring on major nostalgia which I think is perfect for this time of year. If you're looking for something to get you in that thankful spirit before you head into the Christmas spirit or something to play while you enjoy Friendsgiving, here are some go-to songs to add to your November playlist.

Keep Reading... Show less

Taylor Swift is famous for her Easter eggs on social media that hint at what is coming next for her. Over the past few days, fans noticed a change in Swift's hair when she was accepting her win as Apple's songwriter of the year that was reminiscent of the "Red" era. Of course, this has caused widespread speculation that Swift has begun to re-record her masters.

Keep Reading... Show less

While joyful, the holiday season can also be stressful for many and that's A-O.K. Plus, with the added tension that is 2020, this year's holiday season is a lot, to put it simply.

This is your reminder to put yourself first and listen to what you're yearning for. Deep down, you know what you need to thrive and I know that you can get there.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

25 'Open When' Topics And Ideas For That Special Someone In Your Life

Open When Letters are letters you can give to your special someone.

6085
Lauren McCally

Stuck on what to get the person you love the most?

And, well, let's be honest, is hard to shop for? Well then, why not send them some Open When Letters?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments