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Thinking about joining planet fitness, Anyone gone there before? How was it? Have you used the tanning? I've heard the weights are limited but as a petite person I dont go too high on weight (I would like to attempt nrolfw eventually)

Has anyone tranfered there membership? I travel alot and would need to use there other locations as well.

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I love PF and my friend just moved from my city to a city up north that has a PF. She loves it there and the membership was easily transferred with no problems. OHIO RESIDENT

They only have smith machines so you can't do squats dead lifts bench press and olympic lifts unless you want to use a smith machine. That's the only downside to them in my opinion.
Original Post by armandounc:

They only have smith machines  dead lifts  and olympic lifts unless you want to use a smith machine. That's the only downside to them in my opinion.

I've always done Deadlifts off the floor - or are you saying they don't have barbells except for what is in the smith?  If that is the case then I would join another gym if you really want to do NROL4W- it cannot or at least should not be done properly with a smith machine.  Do yourself a favor and pay extra if you have to for a real gym.

I use Snap - the club I use is small but 2 real squat racks, lots of benches a smith machine and oly bars and free weights, and plates and plyo boxes and kettlebells and foam rollers and on and on and on -

From what I understand they have free weights barbells ect I typically do cardio and some weights but really haven't structured it Which is what I'd like to do.

I know that free weights are ultimately considered better, but what about the machines? I feel like they have to be useful for something since there still being put in gyms.

I've heard of snap fitness It looked good but the only reason I looked into PF is that its in all the states I would possibly need.

Snap is nationwide as well.  There are 3 gyms within 30 minutes of me and 5 within an hour and I live in a small town north of Phoenix.  Since your card can be used at all gyms I can use it any time I travel no problems.

Look online for zip codes for places you need and I bet there is one near it.

Some are better than others.

Also machines I think are put in gyms for people too intimidated to do the real thing- just saying!  the lat pull down machine or cable machines are good but the other machines not so much.

Machines are good for people rehabbing an injury or for incorporated in an advanced routine, but free weights are better for getting stronger, faster and improving your stabilization muscles.

Original Post by smashley23:

Machines are good for people rehabbing an injury or for incorporated in an advanced routine, but free weights are better for getting stronger, faster and improving your stabilization muscles.

AKA helps the core a lot better cause you ain't sitting down on a machineWink

haha I'm not offended I just couldn't understand how machines are there with no benefit, I'll look into snap and see if its around The travel thing's important to me I love fitness and want to take it with me at all times ha. PF doesnt look too bad but I like to hear from actual People involved before I do anything. Better cautious then locked in a contract and unhappy.

Would machines and free weights mixed be alright? Both make me very curious.

In the NROL4W they use some machines, just the cable ones though- You'd probably want to get the book and just work it as written because the lifts are explained and the program is good.  I don't use machines other than the cables.  I guess you could mix and match as a beginner but I would encourage you to do the book

Original Post by armandounc:

They only have smith machines so you can't do squats dead lifts bench press and olympic lifts unless you want to use a smith machine. That's the only downside to them in my opinion.

This pretty much sums it up. The only other thing I noticed was a sign that said "No Judgment Zone". I just can't abide by that.Cool

Aren't they the one's that also have the "no grunts allowed" or not a place where lifters who might have to breathe heavy will get the alarm sound?  I can understand the not dropping the weights like I hear some people do in the gym ( because they shouldn't be lifting that weight to begin with) but there are times when I just have to make a loud noise on that last lift- not super loud, but it's a grunt none the less

I Love Planet Fitness. It's CHEAP and the one in my neighborhood is pretty nice.

No one ever pulls the stupid lunk alarm. I find it just a gimmick to be ignored.

Also, I wouldn't buy the $20.00 pass for tanning. Gym beds tend to be crappy/ineffective and these days I'm a big fan of preventing aging and not a big fan of being wrinkly and orange ;)
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I love planet fitness!! Except for the stupid lunk alarm. All of them are different so you might want to check out the one specifically in your area. They will give you a tour if you want one. I've never used the tanning before so I don't know much about that. I do know that the membership that is 20.00 a month is the only one you can transfer to or visit other locations...but since you mentioned the tanning then it sounds like you were thinking about it anyway. The only guy I know that complains about not having enough weights was a guy that has three gym memberships and is about to graduate as a personal trainer...their dumbbells go up to seventy pounds I believe and their squats or bench press machines hold up to one hundred and eighty pounds on each side I think i saw last night...so you should be good.. Lol
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Also my planet fitness is pretty new so it's really nice so I don't know how the other/older locations are

My wife has a membership to PF and I go to Snap.  She says the PF here is not bad, but it's definitely meant for the average person.  She says that nobody triggers the Lunk Alarm and they make a lot of noise; it sounds to me like a manual thing, not a decibel reader, which can be both good and bad.

My Snap is pretty small, and there's no squat rack there either, which is a shame.  They do have an Olympic bar so I can do proper deadlifts, but with benching and leg work, I'm relegated to dumbbells and the leg-press machine.

But I also have an Oly bar and plates at home so once I get a set of squat racks, I can do proper benching & squatting at home if need be.  Snap is just going to get me through the coming year while I can't feasibly go to the university's gym (because I'll be taking on-line classes this coming year and will have our new baby at home).

If you're interested in PF, go and take a tour of the facility that you'd be going to most often.  If they don't have equipment you want, you're free to say so and leave.  I personally didn't bother because Snap is a quarter mile from my house while the PF is about a mile and a half. Smile

And I didn't want to risk the PF staff Lunking me (even though I'm certainly not a bodybuilder).

Theres two close by my home so I think I'll take a tour in both and see which one I'd use most. I think it sounds about right for me the big thing is the locations. Plus they have the guest thing, I like the idea of being able to bring someone along if I choose to.

I think they sound a little insane for having the pizza/bagel/tootsie roll giveaways but otherwise a useful gym.

Original Post by weirdfish:

My wife has a membership to PF and I go to Snap.  She says the PF here is not bad, but it's definitely meant for the average person.  She says that nobody triggers the Lunk Alarm and they make a lot of noise; it sounds to me like a manual thing, not a decibel reader, which can be both good and bad.

My Snap is pretty small, and there's no squat rack there either, which is a shame.  They do have an Olympic bar so I can do proper deadlifts, but with benching and leg work, I'm relegated to dumbbells and the leg-press machine.

But I also have an Oly bar and plates at home so once I get a set of squat racks, I can do proper benching & squatting at home if need be.  Snap is just going to get me through the coming year while I can't feasibly go to the university's gym (because I'll be taking on-line classes this coming year and will have our new baby at home).

If you're interested in PF, go and take a tour of the facility that you'd be going to most often.  If they don't have equipment you want, you're free to say so and leave.  I personally didn't bother because Snap is a quarter mile from my house while the PF is about a mile and a half.

And I didn't want to risk the PF staff Lunking me (even though I'm certainly not a bodybuilder).

Congratulations!

Original Post by pook91:

Theres two close by my home so I think I'll take a tour in both and see which one I'd use most. I think it sounds about right for me the big thing is the locations. Plus they have the guest thing, I like the idea of being able to bring someone along if I choose to.

I think they sound a little insane for having the pizza/bagel/tootsie roll giveaways but otherwise a useful gym.

as for the bagel giveaways....return business lol

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