If you want to join a health club and you have limited funds, then you might want to consider Planet Fitness but bring your willpower.
I kid you not and I was kind of taken aback about this. My friend invited me to her health club because she wanted to know how to work some of the machines. They have a fitness staff but you are really on your own after a quick orientation to the gym. When I was signing in as a guest, I noticed two large jars of candy. One was filled with small pieces of Tootsie Rolls and the other one was some other chewy fruity candy. I kind of gasp because I couldn't believe that a health club would promote something like this.
At my next boot-camp class, I told my members about what I found at Planet Fitness and they couldn't believe it. My sister, who takes my class, explained, "Maybe they do it to build up your willpower". Another boot-camper said, it would not work for her because she is a serious sugar addict. I told the class I also heard they give their members pizza and I would find out more information about this. My sister swore that they must only serve healthy vegetarian pizza.
When I went back that next week, I was on a mission to find out more about the pizza. I asked a PF staff employee, "Do you have pizza days?" He said they have it on the first Monday of the month. After that, I asked what kind do they offer their members, he said, "We have cheese, vegetable, sausage, pepperoni and supreme". I guess that blows my sister's theory that it must be a healthy pizza.
The Equipment and No Classes
All of their equipment is colored purple, black and yellow and they have a lot of cardio machines but from the same company, Life Fitness. I love Precor ellipticals so I had to settle for the Life Fitness brand. They have weight equipment but mainly weight machines, no dumbbells over 70 pounds, so if you are a serious body builder, this isn't a gym for you. I like the fact that they do have a lot of cardio machines, so you probably don't have to worry about not getting on your favorite workout apparatus during rush hour. However, if you are looking for your favorite brand, then this isn't the gym for you either. If you love taking the classes, then skip PF because they do not offer any.
No Grunting Zone
If you like to get your workout on and might grunt, scream or yell, you will be asked to leave. It has a no judgement free zone and they do not like their members to be intimidated by your show of power or show boating. They offer a no frills, clean gym for beginner exercisers.
It is cheap, $10 a month and you don't have to sign a contract but there is a $60 sign up fee. You can also bring a guest who doesn't have to pay if you upgrade to a 12 month contract for 19.99 a month. You will get unlimited use of the tanning booths and massage chairs and locations to exercise.
I would recommend planet fitness because of the price and the cleanliness of their gyms but if you are an advanced exerciser or a group fitness lover, this is not the gym for you. So, if you are looking to get in shape and you are looking to join a health club, check them out but just stay away from the candy.
Are you a member of Planet Fitness? What are the plus and minuses of the club? What do you think about the candy and the monthly pizza party?