I first heard about Planet Fitness a few years ago when I tried to be a good girl and take my health back, but failed. I was intrigued by how affordable the membership was and looked into what they had to offer. I think I had a couple of friends at the time that were going regularly but after researching PF, I decided to stick with Copper Sky (our local city fitness center). At the time, the main reason was because they offer a pizza buffet on the first Monday of each month and free bagels to their members the second Tuesday of each month. As a fat girl, I found this utterly offensive. You wouldn't bring a 6 pack to an AA meeting, so why in the world would you offer those trying to lose weight pizza and bagels? There is also candy readily available on the front counter of the gym. I thought, "Wow, keep 'em coming back!" So I became a PF hater. There are many. You can Google or Youtube to see all the hate.
Years pass and here I am again...being good. BUT, SO GOOD! So good that I can't even imagine quitting this time. I have been going to the gym religiously and rarely take a day off. Recently I visited a friend in Washington for a week and didn't want to be without the gym and lose my momentum. There was a PF very near her home and I thought for $10 a month, it's worth it for the week. They did me even better, and prorated me a week's pass without having to commit to their contract since I wasn't local. (There is more involved than just $10 a month. Be sure to check into all the details if you're considering joining.) My week pass included all the Black Card Spa benefits so that was even more appealing.
GAH! PLANET FITNESS IS PURPLE AF! I mean...obnoxiously purple and I like purple. So, if we're keeping tallies, we have a couple in the cons column so far and a couple in the pros column. Pizza, bagels, candy, purple AF? NO! Cheap, accommodating, and spa benefits? YES! I was looking forward to working out, and went back to my friend's house, changed, and got my gear. When I went back I noticed there were TVs everywhere on the cardio floor. Now, after being toxin free for quite some time and eating so clean, my clarity is off the charts so all the stimulation (purple AF and what seemed like a bazillions screens) was OVERLOAD! But, it was only going to be a week so I figured I'd power through it.
Then there was the lunk alarm.
I haven't heard the term "lunk" before. Maybe it's a common gym term but as a fat girl, I of course don't know this because I haven't spent a lot of time in the gym. I just feel sorry for Ricky. I'm thinking grunts mean gains and if he's working that hard, he probably looks good in that strappy tank top. More importantly, good for Ricky for staying so hydrated. For the gym that stresses no judgment or "gymtimidation", this lunk alarm sounds awfully judgmental. So, add a tally to the cons column.
I do my thing and finish my workout. I figured I'd take advantage of the spa benefits and see what that was all about. This is where I fall in love with something PF offers and why I am willing to tolerate the cons. I'll be back to share that in another post. I'll need to tell you about something else for it to make sense first.
Let me add, I understand that there are some that reward themselves and have "treat or cheat days" now and then. I hope they enjoy their pizza and bagels. I can also imagine that some may experience low blood sugar after a good workout and might need a piece of candy as a boost to bring it back up. I'm glad it's available if needed. There are also plenty of fit people that go to the gym (I hope to be one someday) that can eat a piece of pizza, a bagel, or some candies without it breaking their day. So, I'm a little less bitter about those offerings. ;)
"Unless you puke, faint, or die...KEEP GOING!"-Jillian Michaels