Fitness

Planet Fitness is a good gym

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Exercise must be made accessible to all; it’s time to stop the slander of planet fitness

Before this semester started, my friend took me to Crunch, a gym 15 minutes from Fordham Lincoln Center. Along the way, I mentioned that my roommate and I had started going to Planet Fitness. In response, my friend who is a Crunch member told me that Planet Fitness is a gym for beginners and that Crunch has better equipment.

All right, listen. He might be right that Planet Fitness is more beginner-friendly, but that doesn’t make it a bad gym. Planet Fitness has been labeled the most disreputable of all gyms, shunned and looked down upon by anyone involved in fitness. As a regular customer and avid fan of my local Planet Fitness, I’m here to defend this gym: it’s time for the slander to stop.

Some argue that because Planet Fitness doesn’t have a proper squat rack, it doesn’t deserve the same respect as other gyms. But, I could point out that there are many other ways to do squats.

While I may not be the strongest person in the gym, I don’t consider myself a beginner when it comes to training.

There’s the Smith machine, which is basically a squat rack with the bar permanently attached to the frame, making it a safer piece of equipment while working the same muscles. If your goal is to work out quads, there’s the leg press, leg extension machine, and a variety of free weight exercises. If your goal is to work the glutes, the same applies. Believe me, the lack of a free weight squat rack doesn’t rob anyone of their gains.

There’s even a rumor that Planet Fitness labels their weights heavier than their actual weight to trick customers into thinking they’re lifting more than they actually are. Doesn’t that sound like a rumor your college bully made up to make you feel bad about yourself? If you are still skeptical, TikTok user @jarrettlifts brought a scale to Planet Fitness to make sure all weights are properly labeled. Spoiler alert: they are.

While I may not be the strongest person in the gym, I don’t consider myself a beginner when it comes to training. I’ve been an athlete all my life and have been doing weight training in gyms on and off for the past four years. Planet Fitness, contrary to popular belief, is not only frequented by beginners. Every time I go there I see a lot of people lifting heavy weights with great form.

There’s no reason to train to be an exclusive, overly judgmental boys’ club that shames others for not respecting their so-called fitness.

Before you ask – no, the “Lunk Alarm” isn’t that bad. At the Hell’s Kitchen location I go to, no one has set off the Lunk alarm, even when they lose weight every once in a while. For those wondering, the Lunk Alarm is a large blue alarm attached to the weight room wall to discourage gym-goers from dropping weights, grunting, or flexing their muscles. This relates to Planet Fitness’ goal of “no gymstimidation” written on the walls.

The Lunk Alarm is Planet Fitness’ way of simply promoting inclusion. If anything, having a problem with the Lunk Alarm might speak to your elitist ideas about fitness rather than the friendly, open-arms approach to fitness that Planet Fitness practices.

There’s no reason to train to be an exclusive, overly judgmental boys’ club that shames others for not respecting their so-called fitness.

While this is a major concern, training shouldn’t be about looking a certain way.

Many people have health goals they want to achieve, but gymstimidation (yes, that’s a real thing!) keeps them home. This anxiety particularly affects women, who fear being judged by their male counterparts at the gym. According to a study by Metro, the top three reasons people avoid the gym are not being able to afford a gym membership, feeling too intimidated, and worrying about how they will look in front of other fitness enthusiasts. gym. Planet Fitness strives to fight all three.

While this is a major concern, training shouldn’t be about looking a certain way. It can be. If your goal is to make your body look “better”, whatever that means to you, then great!

If you just want to keep your heart healthy or get stronger, that’s just as well. Whatever your reasons for working out, no one should feel too intimidated to enter the gym. Planet Fitness’ efforts to create a judgment-free zone may not completely eradicate the anxieties of those just beginning their fitness journey, but it’s a start.

Going to the gym doesn’t have to be a luxury.

My favorite part of Planet Fitness, however, has to be the price. For $10 a month, this is by far the best deal. Of all gyms which are within walking distance of the Fordham Lincoln Center campus, even New York’s second most affordable gym, costs more than four times the price of Planet Fitness. Paying over a hundred dollars a month shouldn’t be the norm for gyms.

Everyone deserves the right to a healthy lifestyle, but in 2022 — the era of fitness trends and $38 SoulCycle classes — not everyone can afford it. Going to the gym doesn’t have to be a luxury. It doesn’t have to involve eucalyptus steam rooms or an outdoor track with views of skyscrapers, like the roof of the Upper West Side Equinox Sports Club. These things are beautiful, yes, and available to those who can afford them, but they don’t have to be synonymous with health.

Planet Fitness gives everyone inexpensive access to equipment that will keep their bodies healthy, help them build strength, and even achieve their fitness goals, no matter how hard you think the weights are. are “light”. What if everything was purple and yellow? Health doesn’t have to come from a certain angle, whether it’s the color of your gym equipment or the size of your body.