Planet Fitness may come off obnoxious but it certainly has won me over. I am still a member at Copper Sky (our local city fitness center), but I joined Planet Fitness as well after my week long trial while on vacation in Washington. I'll continue to go to Copper Sky because many of my friends work out there, they have a track with lots of circuit training stuff I use, and for now it's much closer than PF.
But, once you go black...
The Black Card Spa is where it's at. The spa benefits aren't included in the $10 monthly membership. Like I mentioned before, check into all the details and fine print before joining so you know what you're getting into. I'm currently paying $20.35 monthly to enjoy the spa benefits and a one time annual fee which may vary by location; I believe mine is $49.
The spa includes massage chairs, tanning, hydro massage chairs and beds, and the Total Body Enhancement machine. The TBE is where I fell in love with Planet Fitness. Now that I've told you a little about the condition of my leg, I can tell you why I couldn't be without PF in my life.
I have been battling Lymphedema for the the last couple of years. It became much worse after a cellulitis infection and hospital stay last fall. I suffered some soft tissue damage which complicated the situation even more. (See previous post.) When the PF attendant initially told me about the TBE and how it helped with collagen production and potential skin tightening, I was all in. Because I am losing a lot of weight rapidly, I'm doing everything I can to help the condition of my skin along the way. I fear looking like a saggy, deflated balloon. This is another thing that has held me back from getting bariatric surgery. Having he surgery or not having the surgery will be another post. I'm sure I can talk about it for quite a few posts.
Not only does the TBE offer red light therapy...
...it has a whole-body vibration floor. "As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. The activity may cause you to feel as if you're exerting yourself." After using the machine just a couple of times I noticed a significant difference in the health of my leg. It became much softer, more pliable, and wasn't nearly as filled with fluid. I knew I had to make it a regular part of my routine in this lymph battle.
You may read varying reviews online but, for me, I swear it's beneficial. Collectively, my skin feels and looks healthier as well. For $20 a month, it's so worth it. I may write even more about this in more detail later but I wanted to put it out there.
I'm not trying to sell you on PF. Just explaining why I've added it to my health regimen. I also use the hydro massage regularly as well. Comment and tell me what you love or don't love about Planet Fitness. I would love to hear it.
"You're going to be in your own skin until you die. That's a while. You might as well get comfortable in it."-Unknown