It’s almost summertime friends. And you know what that means – hibernation is over.
We can no longer hide the results of feasting during the holidays with bulky sweaters or oversized jackets. But most importantly, removing the layers brings to light the importance of staying physically active for health benefits.
My husband and I fell off of the exercise bandwagon last fall because we decided to cancel our gym membership. Since I became self-employed the $60 per person membership to a gym with the bells and whistles didn’t fit into the budget.
So we tried doing at home workouts for a while with p90x, but there’s just something motivating about being in a gym with other people getting their workout on that you can’t get at home.
I found out about the $10 membership at Planet Fitness through a friend. And to be honest I was skeptical. Could a gym really offer that much at just $10 per month? Plus, the Planet Fitness isn’t walking distance to our apartment and that’s a major reason we bit the bullet and took the more expensive membership in the past, convenience.
Nevertheless I signed up and overall I’m pleased with the gym. There’s just a few things you may want to know before joining. So here’s a breakdown of their application process, fees and a review of their facility.
Locations and Membership Fees
If you live relatively close to a metro area you should be able to find a gym near you. Just for fun, I put in my parent’s home zip code which is nearly a rural area and they’re still close to a Planet Fitness. Use the easy map to find a gym near you.
Planet Fitness offers two membership options, the basic $10 membership and the Black Card membership. For the basic $10 you get access to the gym (obviously), a free t-shirt and unlimited fitness training. Depending on the location the $10 membership also comes with no commitment, which really drew me to the gym. You can cancel at any time without penalty.
To begin this membership, you pay a start up fee which was $30 for me at signing, but specials can run as low as $10. The basic membership also comes with a $29 plus tax Annual Membership fee billed yearly on June 1 (price depends on location). So altogether for the year it’ll cost me about $179. Not bad considering it’s just 25 percent of what I paid per year for a membership at the state-of-the-art gym.
The second Planet Fitness option is the Black Card membership which includes a few more perks and costs $20 per month. Here’s what you get with this membership:
- The perks of basic membership
- Use of other Planet Fitness locations
- Unlimited guest privileges
- Tanning booths
- Massage chairs
- Some half price cooler drinks
- Benefits in select clubs like hydromassage and haircuts
- Discounts on apparel from Reebok outlets and Planet Fitness
The Black Card requires a 12 month commitment, a start up fee of at least $10 and a $39 plus tax Annual Membership fee. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much by skipping the Black Card membership and the commitment.
The Planet Fitness Application Process
Hands down, the most impressive part of becoming a member was the application process. I usually hate signing up for a gym membership because of the sales consultant interaction. When you call for pricing they hit you with the, “we don’t give out pricing over the phone, but you can set up an appointment”.
Then when you arrive the consultant takes you on a tour of the entire gym with a sleazy sales pitch as you follow along awkwardly while people workout. And somehow the fees always add up to more than projected at the beginning of the meeting. Can you relate?
I was thankful to bypass this step with the online application which includes transparency of fees, the initial payment, signing the agreements and setting up monthly withdrawal. The same day I went to the gym, they took my picture and I picked out my complimentary piece of Planet Fitness merchandise.
Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Just like that I skipped the paperwork and jumped on a treadmill.
So what about the facility?
For the price, the membership is worth it, but you should know the gym is a little tight. There are enough ellipticals, bikes and step machines, but the free space for stretching or using free weights is quite limited. Still it does have ample weight training equipment for those who are serious about lifting and it even offers free training classes.
My gym is also 24 hours which I appreciate. But the cheap membership seems to attract teenagers who goof off and treat it like a hangout spot. Not sure if I’ll be heading there again after hours.
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF PLANET FITNESS? WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THE GYM? WHAT’S YOUR INEXPENSIVE METHOD FOR STAYING IN SHAPE?
(Gym photos via Planet Fitness Rockville)