My apology to Planet Fitness

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. Your dumbbells went even higher in weight but I did not look to see how high because those were beyond me.

As a recovering Gold’s Gym member, I was quite surprised to find such a well-equipped gym.

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 investment.

But in the meantime I don’t blame you for widespread confusion about what healthy eating looks like.

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.

Kindest regards,
Dave The Kayaker

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PS – I went ahead and joined.

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New piece of gym equipment

I knew it was coming for weeks, but today it finally showed up.

My neighborhood fitness center finally installed a Smith machine so now I have a reasonable way to work heavier squats into my workouts once again.

squatrackThe new Smith Machine

I had been putting off joining a commercial gym since my local Gold’s Gym closed at the end of September and now it looks like I can save myself the monthly fee as the biggest reason I went to Gold’s was for the squat racks and dumbbells that go over 50lbs.

I had explored other gyms and was heavily leaning toward joining Snap Fitness but after I sent them an inquiry through their website link and not getting a response after 10 weeks, (I hate poor customer service and I only imagined if they were that bad before somebody joined it would only get worse after joining) I held off to see what my planned local gym expansion would bring me.

Tonight I had the answer.

The Smith machine has a low pulley in it for seated rows which is an added bonus as I had been using a different piece of equipment that had a 100lb. upper limit which was a bummer.

So now that I have ~85% of everything I need I see no reason to join a commercial gym.

And I can start incorporating squats and legs into just about every workout again.

My legs will hate me for a while but then they will love me.

12-14-17-bodyTonight’s workout was a bit more balanced


Time to start sneaking additional plates into the gym for “donation.”  😉