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For a limited time (Oct 11), they are reducing the initial fee to join to $1. There are two plans: $10/month for one club; or $20/month for all their clubs and other benefits. There is no contract, but next Oct (2010), they will charge your account an annual fee.

Although nationwide, they are not a very large chain (about 15 clubs open, another 10+ on its way). They advertise themselves as a "no judgment" fitness center (meaning it is not geared toward heavy lifters).

I did a search for this, but did not see anything posted.

It is hard for me to rate this club, since I have never set foot in it, but I have been looking for gyms in the area, and this is by far the cheapest deal I have seen. The site I'm planning to join is not even open yet, but judging by the pictures for the other sites, it's a pretty decent club.

Hopefully, there's a location near you.


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hulkomania (Jan. 17, 2010 @ 1:06p) |

Huh??? Who let this guy in???

trdr01 (Jan. 17, 2010 @ 2:45p) |

Correct, I have to be her guest and she has to be there when I come in. I cannot tan or use massage chairs.

osujim99 (Jan. 17, 2010 @ 4:01p) |

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Actually, I think you misread their website. There are far more than 15 open (you've only quoted the recently opened). Do a full search.

Annual Membership Fee of $29.00 will be billed on or shortly after October 1st.

...so they will charge u $29 next Oct?...oct 2010? weird..

BEWARE. I went to PF and was given a CONTACT to sigh for membership. I asked to take it home to read it on my own time. Manager said NO. I called PF corp office in N.H. & was told that was not allowed. All I need was $1 & a credit card. After belonging to 3 "FITNESS CENTERS" that have gone BUST, DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD EVER. They will not accept cash payments.

I've been a member of planet fitness for over 2yrs and never had an issue with my credit card. I done the monthly for a couple months then switched to the yearly prepaid for $99. The only downside with the prepaid is you cant transfer gyms. for instance i wasnt allowed to change my gym to GA from NC unless i was doing a monthly membership. So I just did the $1 deal monday. Some locations do free pizza on the first monday of the month which kinda makes your membership less than $10.

slycat said: Annual Membership Fee of $29.00 will be billed on or shortly after October 1st.

...so they will charge u $29 next Oct?...oct 2010? weird..


They charge the $29 on 10/17 the following year and say its a "hold your rate fee".

DocBo said: BEWARE. I went to PF and was given a CONTACT to sigh for membership. I asked to take it home to read it on my own time. Manager said NO. I called PF corp office in N.H. & was told that was not allowed. All I need was $1 & a credit card. After belonging to 3 "FITNESS CENTERS" that have gone BUST, DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD EVER. They will not accept cash payments.


This is one of the best deals they've had since I joined over 3 years ago. Paying with a CC simplifies the whole payment system for both them and you. When you join you agree to pay the $10 per month. This is guaranteed via the CC. Also, they have little cash in the gym and therefore a reduced risk of being robbed.

The bottom line is that PF is one of if not the best value in a gym today. You are paranoid. I believe most people would prefer a CC to cash anyway.

If I'm PARANOID, why was contract produced before I could join? Do U work 4 them? Why could I not take it home to read? NO CONTRACT....

"There is no contract, but next Oct (2010), they will charge your account an annual fee."

Beware.

DocBo said: If I'm PARANOID, why was contract produced before I could join? Do U work 4 them? Why could I not take it home to read? NO CONTRACT....

"There is no contract, but next Oct (2010), they will charge your account an annual fee."



You are paranoid. I work out there 3 times a week and NO I do not work there. You sound like someone who has been burned in the past. I like PF because they have all the equipment I need to work out (3 times a week) and they are close to my place.

Please do not take advantage of this deal, PLEASE! The only way that PF and other chain gyms survive is by monthly/annual memberships. I've noticed that when their membership gets low they intro one of these deals to increase membership ... and therefore monthly revenue. If you and others knew how good of a deal this was you would probably take advantage of it ... and crowd up my gym. I pay less than $150 a year to go the gym as often as I want! I figured it averages about $0.90 a visit to keep healthy and in shape. You, Polishdreamer and others can join and would end up crowding up the gym. PLEASE DON'T JOIN!

Joined under the $1 promo a few days ago. Place is very clean, lots of machines and a helpful staff.
They also offer free classes.

I love the "no committments" thing.

sohelpmejebus said: Joined under the $1 promo a few days ago. Place is very clean, lots of machines and a helpful staff.
They also offer free classes.

I love the "no committments" thing.



I completely agree. I especially like the fact that the gym has a lot of older, out-of-shape people (a good cross-section of society) versus the meat markets of other chains.

They just opened one here in Newport News, VA and my co-worker, which use to work for another gym in town just joined them. She says its great and I am going to join as soon as I move next month. I use to have the gold's gym membership for $43/month so $10/month is like the deal of lifetime. One thing to note is that they do not have all of the features like a gold's gym (heavy weights for example) but I don't use them anyways. So this is a great deal IMHO.

cigga24 said: slycat said: Annual Membership Fee of $29.00 will be billed on or shortly after October 1st.

...so they will charge u $29 next Oct?...oct 2010? weird..


They charge the $29 on 10/17 the following year and say its a "hold your rate fee".


so if i joined for 6mths and quit...i would not need to pay that $29 fee ever then?

just read to cancel you need to send a letter CERTIFIED....wtf?

I guess I should switch over to this, my YMCA cost me $52/mon.

marvs5: thanks for correcting me. i know i read *somewhere* that they had about 300+ clubs open nationwide, but there doesn't seem to be a way to see the full list.

DocBo said: BEWARE. I went to PF and was given a CONTACT to sigh for membership. I asked to take it home to read it on my own time. Manager said NO. I called PF corp office in N.H. & was told that was not allowed.
DocBo: i understand your skepticism. i've never stepped foot in this gym, so i asked if they had a trial period where someone could work out for free before joining. they do not. i understand their side as well, though, since $10/mo is practically a giveaway. i thought there was nothing in there, but when i see the pictures of established sites, it looks like a pretty decent gym.

cigga: i thought the pizza thing was a joke. you're going there to work out, but they fatten you up (and guarantee prolonged membership) with pizza!


but i have to say that i will probably give this place a try. the 'no contract' and '$1 to join' is tempting in itself, but the lady i spoke to (and someone here confirmed) that classes are included as well.

I thought about signing up w/ Planet Fitness some times ago and now this deal gives me the motivation. Thanks OP!

I went to cancel my YMCA today and headed over to PF to start there, but they wanted to charge me $29 start up fee! Told me the $1 start up fee ended Wed, though their website says otherwise... Any reason I shouldn't just sign up on the website?

Edit:
Just signed up on their website. They awesomely make their text white so when you print nothing shows up! Easy to remedy, but still....lol

I highly recommend PF. I actually had a membership there, cancelled* (seriously, no hassle! Just told them I wanted to cancel and they did the paperwork) and then re-joined a few months later.

I would say PF is good for people who know what they're doing and are self-motivated. Apart from the free orientation classes (four one-hour sessions, usually with 1-4 other people) there are no classes, no towel service, no sauna, no nutrition services (apart from a juice cooler.) But the machines are well-maintained (if you can get used to their glaring purple and yellow color scheme) and cleanliness is stressed.

My PF has plenty of free weights, a full range of resistance machines and a separate area for 30-minute circuit training....I will say that people using the machines in the circuit area for spot training is an ongoing problem, but if you talk to the staff they will speak to the people who are not following the rules.

If I could get rid of anything it would be that stupid alarm that blares whenever someone is making too much noise. But it's a minor irritant.

They may try to up-talk you into the black-card membership ($29 a month) that allows you to work out at other PF locations and have access to unlimited carcinoma ... um, I mean tanning. I don't see how it's worth it.

*I quit to join another gym that had yoga classes. But that gym was so dirty and so meat-markety that when it went under - suddenly, as they tend to do - I was actually happy! Besides, it was cheaper to do yoga separately.

Just use debit card only for them , Ive been going for about a year ,I think there great !!! Especially if your on a tight budget !

This is alive again. Started 1/1, expires 1/8

same terms as far as I can tell. 1$ start up fee, $29 annual fee charge 10/1, $10 a month.

My son was a member there, I was very concerned they would give him a hard time when he cancelled to go to college.
He just took in written notice 10 days before the automatic credit card billing, as the contract specified, and was done.
The one he went to had pizza day on the first Mon. of the month and bagel day on the 2nd Tues. He was happy with them.

replyguy said: My son was a member there, I was very concerned they would give him a hard time when he cancelled to go to college.
He just took in written notice 10 days before the automatic credit card billing, as the contract specified, and was done.
The one he went to had pizza day on the first Mon. of the month and bagel day on the 2nd Tues. He was happy with them.


Oh, the irony...

i'm not seeing the $1 enrollment and $10 per month. going through the website and choosing the club closest to my location (zip 94111) gets me $49 start up fee and $15 per month with the $30 annual fee starting in October. is this deal dead?

i think this may be regional - my local ones had the same deal that just ended on 12/31.

n/m - the deal I was thinking of was for future fitness.

this deal does show up for me.

https://www.planetfitness.com/easyjoin.aspx?specialpromotion=1

Rate Guarantee Fee of $29.00 will be billed on or shortly after October 1st.

i think this is regional because when i input my zip (94111) from the easyjoin page, no clubs show up. i did a subsequent search of my parent's zip (richmond, va) and some clubs showed up at the op's price. so, this is ymmv.

Signed up to be black card member for $1. Both me and my wife can both workout for a total of $19.99/month. Plus she wants to tan which she was paying more just for tanning somewhere else. Overall, PF works for us!.

I couldn't get a clear answer from a Planet Fitness employee about this, and wonder if anyone here has experience: If I choose the $10 membership option now and later want to upgrade to the $20 Black Card membership, can I do that without paying a fee?

I googled planet fitness by where I live and this was the top result.

well, i must agree , i do not believe a Trustworthy merchant of ANY sort should by their own conduct of business expect their clients to offer up ACCESS to their credit card accounts, to withdraw payment on a routine basis, and at the very least making it the ONLY option of payment. No one has any business or access to an individual's account except the individual himself. If a merchant will not support the economic system and the physical currency of America, the U.S. dollar, they have no business DOING business in this country, and to further mention there are STILL Americans in this country, these people VALUE their natural and unalienable right of privacy, and believe in keeping their transactions and purchasers private, by withdrawing from electronic transactions, on top of all that, why should people have to give up their own identity's,privacy,security, to a corporation that wants their business? maybe the braindead dont mind. Planet Fitness can go suck a bug.

PLANET FITNESS CONDUCTS A METHOD OF BUSINESS THAT IS NOT WILLED AS TRUSTWORTHY

well, i must agree , i do not believe a Trustworthy merchant of ANY sort should by their own conduct of business expect their clients to offer up ACCESS to their credit card accounts, to withdraw payment on a routine basis, and at the very least making it the ONLY option of payment.

If there are NO COMMITMENTS claimed and NO CONTRACTS, and everything is honestly revealed, why must PLANET FITNESS insist ONLY on electronic payment? , of which they have ACCESS to draw the money from their clients accounts.)

Firstly, No one has any business or access to an individual's account except the individual himself. If a merchant will not support the economic system and the physical currency of America, the U.S. dollar, they have no business DOING business in this country, and to further mention there are STILL Americans in this country, these people VALUE their natural and unalienable right of privacy, and believe in keeping their transactions and purchasers private, by withdrawing from electronic transactions. LASTLY and most importantly, why should people have to sacrifice a portion of their own identity's,privacy,security, to a corporation that wants their business? maybe the braindead dont mind. Planet Fitness can go suck a bug.

merchants like these look out for, you got it themselves and themselves only.


osujim99 said: Signed up to be black card member for $1. Both me and my wife can both workout for a total of $19.99/month. Plus she wants to tan which she was paying more just for tanning somewhere else. Overall, PF works for us!. So if I read the site correctly, your wife has to signup as the Black card member since she wants to do tanning, and she can bring you as the guest but you cant do tanning and massage chairs?

If I read it correctly, you cannot go without her present?

PLANET FITNESS, WHAT KIND OF FACILITY IS THIS, FOR PEOPLE?

what kind of facility is this? for people? people are obliged to share their identity, and violate their own right to privacy,(something GUARANTEED in our CONSTITUTION) people have to show ID?, so that a merchant/business can get peoples business? rules for what you cant and can do to yourself when your working out? sirens that go off? sounds like a prison ward to me, or a sick cult of rules and regulations.

THE PEOPLE GREATLY QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF PLANET FITNESS, AND NOT AMERICAN IN PRINCIPLE

hulkomania said: PLANET FITNESS, WHAT KIND OF FACILITY IS THIS, FOR PEOPLE?

what kind of facility is this? for people? people are obliged to share their identity, and violate their own right to privacy,(something GUARANTEED in our CONSTITUTION) people have to show ID?, so that a merchant/business can get peoples business? rules for what you cant and can do to yourself when your working out? sirens that go off? sounds like a prison ward to me, or a sick cult of rules and regulations.

THE PEOPLE GREATLY QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF PLANET FITNESS, AND NOT AMERICAN IN PRINCIPLE


Heh... Anyone else get the idea, with all the peculiar CAPITALIZATION and incomplete thoughts, that Hulkomania is a guy who struts around the gym grunting?

PLANET FITNESS , QUESTIONED ON THEIR TRUSTWORTHYNESS AND INTEGRITY IN THEIR CONDUCT OF BUSINESS PRACTICED

We must all firstly, question ANY merchant or order of business, when they oblige an individual/consumer,
to give up ACCESS to their accounts to pay for the service, services offered, including an individuals ID, IDENTITY and PRIVACY. If an individual can not pay for a service offered by their own WILL with CASH, and without sacrificing privacy,security and their own identity, and the right NOT to enter the BINDING of CONTRACTS for services offered, should people NOT question the trustworthyness of that Merhcant/Establishments method of the business practiced?

It is the GOOD WIll of a GOOD AND NOTABLE business to EARN the trust of the people of its community, and cater to those people of what is BEST in those particular peoples interest. and then perhaps the business shall be worthy of the business of those people.

Always keep in mind , "without the customer,the business cannot stay in business".

People should ALWAYS question what must be given up of themselves to obtain a service offered to them. If it requires more than of your own money, is it WORTH it?

Huh??? Who let this guy in???

hulkomania said: PLANET FITNESS , QUESTIONED ON THEIR TRUSTWORTHYNESS AND INTEGRITY IN THEIR CONDUCT OF BUSINESS PRACTICED

We must all firstly, question ANY merchant or order of business, when they oblige an individual/consumer,
to give up ACCESS to their accounts to pay for the service, services offered, including an individuals ID, IDENTITY and PRIVACY. If an individual can not pay for a service offered by their own WILL with CASH, and without sacrificing privacy,security and their own identity, and the right NOT to enter the BINDING of CONTRACTS for services offered, should people NOT question the trustworthyness of that Merhcant/Establishments method of the business practiced?

It is the GOOD WIll of a GOOD AND NOTABLE business to EARN the trust of the people of its community, and cater to those people of what is BEST in those particular peoples interest. and then perhaps the business shall be worthy of the business of those people.

Always keep in mind , "without the customer,the business cannot stay in business".

People should ALWAYS question what must be given up of themselves to obtain a service offered to them. If it requires more than of your own money, is it WORTH it?

Correct, I have to be her guest and she has to be there when I come in. I cannot tan or use massage chairs.



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