Perhaps a love/hate relationship is a little strong, it is more of a like/dislike. I find that there are soooo many little things that annoy me and yet one big thing that makes it all bearable. Let’s start with the positive:
Planet Fitness Likes:
It is cheap — Only $10 a month, and you can quit any time. Since I also have a membership to a yoga studio, $10 for a gym membership is comfortable.
Another positive is that they have a lot of cardio equipment — treadmills, ellipticals, stair-steppers, and bikes, and there is no time limit on the equipment
Planet Fitness Dislikes:
The colors — uggh, yellow and fuchsia! Really? The first time I went into Planet Fitness to check it out I was fit by the clashing colors and got dizzy. I left with out joining!
No judgment” also appears to mean no one walking around helping people. I have seen people performing all sorts of dangerous moves!
The newly renovated gym now includes 5 Smith machines but NO bars for dead-lifts, squats or bench presses! As a matter of fact the Smith Machine forces an unnatural movement putting more stress on your body.
And while we are on “No Judgment” — Aren’t they being VERY Judgmental by making fun of those people who are actually at the gym for body building? (lunks as PF likes to refer to them?)
No emphasis on stretching. Except for a narrow area along the side of the cardio equipment there is no space designated for stretching. The stretching equipment includes a stack of mats. But if you were to put out a mat, no one else could get by to use the space.
There is only 1 set of 3 lb. and 5 lb weights. No problem if you are the only one who wants to use them but come on, how much room can another set of 3 lb dumbbells take? I know what you’re thinking how can I be complaining about no power rack and also not enough 3 lb and 5 lb weights? Well lighter weights are useful for warming up shoulders and forearms, and for people recovering from injuries.
And the biggest culprit — PIZZA!! It turns out that once a month, Planet Fitness has pizza brought in which they give out to members for free. (I hear that they also bring in donuts on some days, luckily I haven’t been there to experience that.) I’m sorry, this is wrong on so many levels!