Planet Fitness; The Judgment Zone
Planet Fitness from the view of a Weight Lifer
I have recently moved to a new state and have stumbled into a city with very few affordable options for those of us that like to Lift Real Metal. I’m talking about good ole fashioned Olympic Bars and Weights. Toss on a few 45’s and get to work. Even better if there’s a Deadlift Platform and ample use of chalk! If you carry a gallon of water or wear a tank top no one even looks twice. The type of Gym that is truly a judgment free zone! Bodybuilders, Powerlifters and Crossfitters are a true community of people who want to help push and support each other.
I do not have that option at this time. What is a lifter to do? It’s not like I’m going to give up Lifting, so I swallowed my pride and went to Planet Fitness and joined.
Day 1 at Planet Fitness
I tried my hardest to go in with an open mind. The employee took me around to show the equipment. Off in the distance I saw a Squat Rack and felt a flutter in my heart! I have poor eye sight, because the closer I got; I was able to see it was a Smith Machine. It was like a punch in the gut. They had a few Dumbbells; however they only go up to 70 pounds. The Curl bars they had were even more of a disappointment. The heaviest one they have is 40 pounds. Yet, I carried on hoping I could make something work. I went around and did a few rounds on their Machines. So were decent machines, but more for accessory work. I left after my workout and felt somewhat disappointed but willing to give it a go.
Day 2 at Planet Fitness
Day 2 I know what I was getting into. I figured I would really work on Super High Reps. I was using the Shoulder Press Machine and on my last Repetition I must of breathed a little too hard. Because guess what…The Lunk Alarm went off! I was beyond pissed off. I was not being rude and screaming after each rep or anything like that. I literally pushed out some breath to get that last rep up. I immediately went to the front desk and the gentleman behind the desk stated they don’t like big guys grunting because it makes others uncomfortable.
I was taken aback; if anyone should feel uncomfortable it should be me. I take my fitness serious and in no way would treat others working out in a negative way. I don’t go around offering advice or looking at someone with horrible form and shaking my head. I put on the headphones and go to work. I tried to explain my position and what actually happened, but it fell on deaf ears. Planet Fitness is truly a Judgment Zone.
The only Saving Grace
The only saving grace I can give to Planet Fitness is that if you like to Tan, they do offer tanning with their Black Card Member Level which is 19.99 a month. That is actually Cheaper than most tanning salons. They do have a large selection of Cardio equipment, which can be helpful for Heart Health and Cutting, even if Bulk is Life!
Hope to find a New Gym ASAP
I do hope to find a Real gym soon. I would love to find a nice Powerlifting Gym. While I do dislike the atmosphere of Planet Fitness, I could see myself keeping the membership for Tanning and Cardio. However Planet Fitness has made it clear to me and everyone else, they do not want lifters in their gym.
Thanks for Reading,