Planet Fitness Review: Is It the Right Gym for You?

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Planet Fitness Review: Is It the Right Gym for You?

Planet Fitness is a budget gym offering memberships for as little as $10.

The company’s philosophy focuses on making members feel welcome.
“Judgement Free Zone” is the motto of each gym. If working out
intimidates you and you want to sign up for a gym where you can be
yourself, this focus on judgment-free fitness is very appealing.

Joining a gym is more than just finding the right philosophy, though.
Our review will help you decide if Planet Fitness is right for you by
analyzing key aspects of its membership.

 

Pros: Cons:
Affordable monthly payments
Low-pressure, welcoming atmosphere
Free fitness training 30-minute workout circuit simplifies weight training
TRX area
Massage chairs and hydromassage beds
Cheapest membership requires a 12-month contract
No group exercise classes
No pools or saunas
No child care

What is about it?

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Membership Tiers, Fees, and Features

Planet Fitness offers the following three membership tiers:

 

  • Classic: $10/mo with 12-month contract
  • No Commitment: $15/mo with no contract
  • PF Black Card: $22.99/mo with 12-month contract

 

If you want to save money on the sign-up fee, clubs in your area will
run promotions. You should be able to capitalize on a $0, $0.25 or $1
promotion around January when sign-ups hit their peak.

 

Classic and No Commitment Plan Features

The Classic and No-Commitment plans give you access to:

 

  • One PF club you choose
  • Free weight training sessions
  • Free Wi-Fi at PF clubs

 

PF Black Card Features

Black Card gets you the three perks of the lower membership along
with the use of all PF gyms across the country, discounts on food and
drinks at PF gyms and the following complimentary perks:

 

  • Bring a guest for free every time you go to the gym
  • Free tanning bed access (first come, first served)
  • Free use of massage chairs (first come, first served)
  • Free hydromassage beds (first come, first served)

Black Card members also get 10% off at the Planet Fitness online
store and 20% off purchases at Reebok.com. Additional discounts include:

 

  • 15% off at 1800Flowers.com
  • $80 off at BlueApron.com
  • $10 credit for Audible
  • Up to 60% off hotel bookings through PF’s travel site
  • 12% off at Shoebacca.com

 

How to Cancel Your Membership

You have to cancel your membership in-person at your local club. If
you have a 12-month contract, you’ll pay the cancellation fee. To avoid
making your next monthly payment (usually billed on the 17th) or the
annual fee (Feb. 1), you have to cancel at least seven days before those
dates.

If you don’t live near a Planet Fitness location, you’ll need to send
a letter requesting cancellation to the club where you signed up.

PF recommends sending a certified letter via the USPS. A certified
letter provides proof that you sent the letter and requires the
recipient to sign for the mail.

 

 

What is about it?

WAFFL is the most effective body transformation app on the market. WAFFL prepares your meal plans, creates your workout schedule, helps you with your ailments and tracks your progress along the way. No more guesswork, no more time wasting – just achieve results!

 

Amenities

Most Planet Fitness gyms feature the following amenities:

 

  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, stair climbers
  • Free weights: dumbbells, benches, squat racks
  • 30-minute Express Circuit
  • Medicine ball/resistance band area
  • TRX station
  • Locker rooms with showers
  • Free weight training sessions
  • Open 24 hours, in most cases

If you’re new to working out, Planet Fitness’ 30-minute weight
circuit is a good fit for you. You’ll work through 10 weight machines
and 10 step platforms, switching to each one according to a prominent
flashing light in the circuit room.

The workout combines aerobic exercise (step stations) with resistance
training (weight machines), two keys to burning fat and building
endurance.

Another valuable benefit is that PF’s free weight training is a great
way to learn how to lift weights with the right form. Good form helps
you avoid injury. You can sign up for a session at the front desk. The
sessions are organized by body region: arms, core, legs, etc. Trainers
will also lead you through PF’s 30-minute Express Circuit.

Also, your trainer can help you learn how to use the various weight machines in your club.

Finally, Planet Fitness focuses on giving you a non-judgemental, welcoming workout environment. If you’re new to working out, this is a key advantage, as it’s easy to be intimidated and feel defeated in your first few weeks at the gym.

 

Customer Review Analysis

Our analysis of Planet Fitness customer reviews reveals the following strengths and weaknesses:

 

Common Compliments

 

  • Cheap: Many reviewers said they were amazed at how affordable Planet Fitness was compared to other gyms.
  • Friendly Staff: We saw multiple reviews from
    customers who enjoyed their interactions with PF staff. The praise
    covered interactions with managers as well as front desk staff.
  • Clean: There is a lot of praise for how clean PF locations are. However, cleanliness will vary from location to location.

 

Common Complaints

 

  • Hard to Cancel: There are dozens of reviews from
    consumers noting how difficult it was to cancel a membership and how, in
    some cases, they were required to send a certified letter to the gym at
    which they signed up to cancel. We also read complaints about Planet
    Fitness’ unwillingness to budge on their cancellation fee, regardless of
    the circumstances of the cancellation (illness, injury, etc.).
  • Poor Customer Service: There are numerous accounts
    of PF customer service reps being rude and unhelpful. Many of the
    complaints we read pointed out staff was unhelpful and aloof when the
    customer tried to cancel their membership.

 

Takeaways

First, you can avoid most of the issues customers complain about by
signing up for the $15 no-commitment plan. You won’t have to worry about
cancellation fees or club staff that slow down the process because they
don’t want to lose your membership.

Second, factors like cleanliness and customer service will vary by
location. Head to the Planet Fitness club you’ll most likely use. Talk
with the staff there and get a feel for their attitude. Read reviews for
that specific club.

Finally, if you choose to do a 12-month contract, ask for a copy of the contract before you sign. Read through all the fine print. Make sure you understand how you cancel your membership and when you’d need to cancel to avoid the annual fee charged in February.

 

 

 

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