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Planet Fitness "$99 for 1 year!" promotion - YMMV

linksfiend 189 73 December 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM in Health & Beauty (7)
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Planet Fitness is running their "$99 for 1 year!" promotion.

Not sure how wide spread this promotion is - however I did check five different locations in Western New York, Northern Pennsylvania and NE Ohio. Normal price at my nearest location is $178($10/month + $29 startup fee + $29 membership fee).

Go here to find your local club
http://planetfitness.com/local-clubs

After finding your preferred club, you will see three prices listed across the screen side:
- 1st: the Black (premier) price ($279 = $20/month x 12 months + $0 startup + $39 membership fee)
- 2nd: the regular membership price ($178 = $10/month x 12 months + $29 startup + $29 membership fee)
- 3rd: this promotional offer (if available at your location)
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Last Edited by AndrewinMD December 28, 2015 at 06:11 PM
Some reoccurring themes in the comments:

The $99 price is prepaid for the year for the basic membership (which does not include the tanning beds or massage chairs). There are NO ADDITIONAL mid-year fees.

This is not a gym for hardcore bodybuilding. It mostly has a wealth of cardio machines (treadmills, ellipticals, stairclimbers, and exercycles). It also has a multitude of the plate-and-pulley type weight machines (Cybex, Life Fitness, Nautilus, etc.) And a circuit training area.

There are plenty of dumbells up to 75-80 lbs. And a few Smith Machines for squats, etc. Equipment varies by location and sometimes so do the policies (no deadlifting on Smith machines, for example).

I go to PF because it's cheap, diligently cleaned, close-by, great hours, and usually no trouble getting on any cardio machine (including treadmills which are the most popular) even at peak times.

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#3
I always wondered, does this include the annual year Planet Fitness have where you have to pay $30 or something at some point of the year?

Is $99 price an one-time thing and you never have to worry about any other fees for a whole year?
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Last edited by QuickStriker December 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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Great deal for those who will step inside a gym only one day a year, the day they go sign up.
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I heard a couple of the ones by me are going out of business and closing
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this gym is too overcrowded in the day
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Quote from slytke View Post :
Don't support this company.

http://jezebel.com/your-cheap-ass...tsongordon
This is based on folks NOT GOING and partaking in massages and fatty foods. For those who actually use it at least once a week, its worth it. Also, people spend $100 a year on far worse then a membership that they may use a max of 5-10 times a year. Bottomline, know yourself, your schedule and see if its worth the investment.
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Beware the lunk alarm, if you are actually into weight lifting !
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Quote from slytke View Post :
Don't support this company.

http://jezebel.com/your-cheap-ass...tsongordon
Don't support a company because people are too weak-willed to stick to something they WILLINGLY pay for? How is it the gym's fault that people continue paying for something they don't use just so they can feel like they're doing something about their health?

The blame is on the person who can't stick with it, not the gym.

For people who aren't committed, this isn't a good deal. It's best to just pay your no-contract $10 monthly fee (which is like what, $120?) and take it month-by-month.
But if you're already invested in going, this is decent.
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Last edited by NihonNoir December 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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Quote from kadox View Post :
Beware the lunk alarm, if you are actually into weight lifting !
What he said.
Also, check out the youtube vids for lunk alarm.
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People really need to understand what kind of gym this is before signing up: they intentionally cater to people who sign for a gym, go once or twice, and then never go again. They basically either prohibit or make impossible by lack of equipment any kind of serious attempt at working out to develop strength and build muscle beyond complete novice level, and they are openly hostile to people who make fitness a priority in their life (they run commercials which mock people who are serious about building muscle).

Basically, if you just want cardio and light weights, and feel uncomfortable working out around people who know their way around a gym, this might be the place for you. For just about anyone else, this is probably a "only if no other gym is remotely convenient" type place for the vast majority of their locations.
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People really need to understand what kind of gym this is before signing up: they intentionally cater to people who sign for a gym, go once or twice, and then never go again. They basically either prohibit or make impossible by lack of equipment any kind of serious attempt at working out to develop strength and build muscle beyond complete novice level, and they are openly hostile to people who make fitness a priority in their life (they run commercials which mock people who are serious about building muscle).

Basically, if you just want cardio and light weights, and feel uncomfortable working out around people who know their way around a gym, this might be the place for you. For just about anyone else, this is probably a "only if no other gym is remotely convenient" type place for the vast majority of their locations.
This is the majority. People seriously into fitness/bodybuilding (myself included) are the minority
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People really need to understand what kind of gym this is before signing up: they intentionally cater to people who sign for a gym, go once or twice, and then never go again.
I'm deeply fascinated by how they manage to identify these people and then convince them to sign up for a gym they had no intention of going to? Do they go out into the street and analyze their habits? Some super secret brainwashing in their commercials?

Quote from natteringnabob View Post :
Basically, if you just want cardio and light weights, and feel uncomfortable working out around people who know their way around a gym, this might be the place for you. For just about anyone else, this is probably a "only if no other gym is remotely convenient" type place for the vast majority of their locations.
Which is basically most people, and almost the entire female demographic. Ever been in one of these gyms? They cater to both types, hence the giant weight-lifting areas that are usually full of people.

. . . there is just no way to put blame on this company for people's laziness and lack of determination.
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Quote from NihonNoir View Post :
Don't support a company because people are too weak-willed to stick to something they WILLINGLY pay for? How is it the gym's fault that people continue paying for something they don't use just so they can feel like they're doing something about their health?

The blame is on the person who can't stick with it, not the gym.

For people who aren't committed, this isn't a good deal. It's best to just pay your no-contract $10 monthly fee (which is like what, $120?) and take it month-by-month.
But if you're already invested in going, this is decent.
Keep in mind its not exactly 10 a month. The first time you sign up you get a 29 dollar sign up fee and on top of that you have to pay your yearly fee 3 months after you sign up of 39 dollars. So basically your paying 100 your first 3 months. This is how planet fitness gets you.
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