Dear Planet Fitness,
I owe you an apology.
I made assumptions about you based on what some haters have said online.
I’ve been on the road for a couple weeks and a colleague of mine has a Planet Fitness Black Card membership and took me as his guest to your Marlborough, MA location 3 or 4 times over the past couple weeks.
My pre-conceived ideas about you were wrong.
You are a real gym.
I saw people in there trying their hardest to get in shape. You are a full gym with everything needed for anyone to get in shape. And you provide it at a very affordable price.
Sure, you don’t have the free weights that a hard-core power lifting gym would have, but that’s the point. You are trying to get the average person in the door and take their fitness seriously. A completely different mindset and different monster altogether.
I get it. I’ve seen both sides.
I was able to fly 75lb. dumbbells last week and your Smith machines, although not squat racks with barbells, are definitely good enough to get the job done.
As a recovering Gold’s Gym member, I was quite surprised to find such a well-equipped gym.
Pizza and bagel days?
It is not your fault that the current U.S. dietary guidelines are based on faulty science.
We feed grains to livestock to fatten them up and the removal of healthy fats from our foods has caused producers to replace that fat with sugar to make foods taste good. All that added sugar has led to an alarming rise in diabetes and insulin resistance. We might disagree on the snacks you serve at your gym, but every one of your members has the responsibility to do their own research and decide what to put in their mouths.
That’s on them, not you.
I encourage your members to look into a Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) or No Sugars, No Grains (NSNG) lifestyle. I believe they would get greatly improved results from their efforts.
But in the meantime I don’t blame you for widespread confusion about what healthy eating looks like. Hell, I was taught in school that pizza contains the 4 basic food groups.
Most of what the “health authorities” have been telling us is wrong and most people have no idea what to believe.
Your members are trying hard and putting in the work and you provide them a bona fide gym at a fair price.
I applaud you and I apologize for unfairly judging you.
If my local Planet Fitness was not on the most inconvenience, opposite side of my own town I would join tomorrow.
So I’ll wait for a deal on your Black Card membership so I have a gym to call home when I travel.
Dave The Kayaker
PS – I went ahead and joined and make the trip to the other side of town.