I am a gym addict, and I currently have a membership at Planet Fitness. It’s a 5 minute walk from my house, it has an upbeat and clean environment, and it’s only $10 a month (it’s most attractive feature, of course). But while it may have it’s benefits, Planet Fitness has quite a few discrepancies in its policies and attitudes.
My first issue is the whole ‘Judgement Free Zone’ concept. They say that there are no ‘lunks’ allowed (lunk: noun, anyone who grunts, drops weights or judges). But isn’t that in itself judging? Planet Fitness may be a gym for those who aren’t hardcore athletes, but they are also blatantly discriminating against those who are legitimately fit. Believe me, I am NO fan of the meatbag men who wear shirts smaller than the ones I own and stand around for 90% of their workout flexing their muscles in front of the mirror, but I don’t think it’s fair that Planet Fitness, a so-called judgement free zone, judge them either.
My second issue, and probably the one I am most passionate about, is the fact that they serve extremely unhealthy food. Pizza Monday (the first Mon. of every month) and Bagel Tuesday (the second Tues. of every month) offer free food to gym members. This is a nice gesture … but pizza and bagels?! I thought this was supposed to be a place of fitness and healthy living, and I’m pretty sure that these two foods, offered in unlimited quantities, are not the best options. Why not fruit kabobs or sugar free cupcakes, celery sticks with peanut butter or granola bars? And let’s not forget the bowl of Tootsie Rolls on every Planet Fitness front desk – once again, not the smartest option for a gym.
I like my gym and it’s where I spend a good amount of my time. But I think Planet Fitness really needs to get its act together.
Is this really ‘no judgement’?
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