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 Post subject: Super deal on gym membership
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:51 pm 
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If you don't know of planet fitness, its popping up all over the country. If it is new or coming to your area you should check it out. One just opened in my neighborhood in Brooklyn and its only $1 to join, $10 per month, and no annual fees right now as a special offer. My current membership at a local spot ends in a week so I am planning on checking these guys out. Just thought I'd pass on the info:

http://www.planetfitness.com


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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:34 pm 
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thank you for sharing this.......wish one was closer to me

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Hunh, everywhere but Oregon. :( Thank goodness I live right across the street from a community center with a kick ass weight room. :)

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Ah, Planet Fitness!

Lots of fun discussions here and on many other lifting-related boards about them. Just don't plan on deadlifting, overhead pressing, making any grunting sounds, dropping a weight by accident, or looking too "meat-heady" to the staff, otherwise, they'll be sounding the Lunk Alarm on you and will escort you out of the facility! :)

They are cheap for price, but the downside of their bizarre and insane "We show our tolerance to new lifters by being intolerant to serious lifters" method of running things is a factor that makes a lot of people steer clear of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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hahaaha planet fitness...even their ways have made it a cross the pond in news form. I wouldn't train within a place of theirs for free. I like using chalk ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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VeganEssentials wrote:
don't plan on deadlifting, overhead pressing, making any grunting sounds, dropping a weight by accident


I'm all for keeping the decibel level down but what's wrong with deads and overhead lifts? Do they consider them unsafe or something?

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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Woh crazy. I plan on checking them out next week once my current membership expires at Richies. My roommate likes it there. I'll post an update after I go and let you all know of any weirdness and how the Brooklyn location fairs against the bad press the other locations have given themselves.


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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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They even have "alarms" that go off if the weights to heavy...who dictates what's heavy? Would like the know that. 

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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They even have "alarms" that go off if the weights to heavy...


Are you effing kidding me? What kind of world IS this? (Answer: a fearful and litigious one, I'll wager.)

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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Baby Hercules wrote:
VeganEssentials wrote:
don't plan on deadlifting, overhead pressing, making any grunting sounds, dropping a weight by accident


I'm all for keeping the decibel level down but what's wrong with deads and overhead lifts? Do they consider them unsafe or something?

Baby Herc


Yep, Planet Fitness apparently has a list of lifts they do not approve of in their gyms. After all, you could drop an overhead lift and whack yourself in the head! And, god forbid the racket from setting down a deadlift should disturb someone else, so it's obvious why they MUST keep those infernal lifts out of their facility! :D But, it's just even just that - they apparently don't even allow the standard "I let out a bit of a grunt due to completing a heavy lift" which happens involuntarily from time to time. We're not talking the "guy who never wears anything but a string tank top who screams during every set" situation, but imagine going all-out on your training as normal while being expected to maintain the level of being quiet as if you were trying not to wake a sleeping baby on the other side of the room. If they think you're being loud enough to break someone else's concentration, they can sound the alarm and force you to pack up and leave.

And, of course, like VS said, no chalk either. Not sure if they've gone so far yet as to measure lifting straps to ensure that they're not so long as to be unsafe :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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veggiesasquatch wrote:
hahaaha planet fitness...even their ways have made it a cross the pond in news form.
+1

It's very simple, you're not gonna get strong if you train there.




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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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haha! Nice! Though the kid was sort of a poor actor, including smiling in the snow.

But nice tone to the video :)

I didn't know all of this about Planet Fitness. Good to know.

Clearly it does speak to a certain audience and is likely a very good fit for a specific demographic, just as a hardcore gym has its audience, a powerlifting gym has its audience and so on.

The overall message should be to find a gym that meets your interests, no matter what those interests are.

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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Robert your positivity is ruining this hater session. Hahaha. I still haven't made it out to planet fitness, working part time at trader joes moving heavy boxes all day is wearing me out and killing my gym motivation. I will still go check it out despite the reviews but it will likely be with a hypercritical eye after hearing all of this craziness from all of you.

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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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Robert, have you seen the commercials for Planet Fitness? They're borderline offensive to anyone who is trying to improve themselves or progress in any way. But yeah, they probably appeal to people who would like to stay out of shape.


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 Post subject: Re: Super deal on gym membership
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I hadn't seen the commercials. I don't have TV and never thought to look for them before. I looked on YouTube and found some. The gym does seem to have some silly rules, but like I said, it will appeal to a certain audience. Certainly not serious lifters, or real serious athletes, but the people who are looking to use some machines to lose weight, or to help an aging body, etc. The hotel gym kinda feel is what it seems, but with monitors and rules :) Kinda like Curves, there seems to be an audience for any kind of gym, but Planet Fitness does not look like a place I would be able to train in. Their "judgement free zone" seems completely hypocritical too.

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