Planet Fitness Review and Recommendation

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Planet Fitness is an American franchisor and operator of fitness centers based in Hampton, New Hampshire. The company reports that it has 2,039 clubs, making it one of the largest fitness club franchises by number of members and locations. 

LocationDover, New Hampshire, United States

C.E.O:  Chris Rondeau (Jan 2013–)

No of Employers: 1616 (2020)

No of clubs: 2039

Headquater:  Hampton, New Hampshire, U.S


Founded: 1999,    Dover, New Hampshire, United States


Founder:  Michael Grondahl, Marc Grondahl

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How much does it cost to start working out at Planet Fitness?

Planet Fitness also offers a base membership, which costs $1 to sign up, a $39 annual fee and $10 every month. It’s the more cost-efficient option, though you lose access to the rest of the aforementioned Black Card perks. That means you’ll pay extra for tanning beds, massage chairs and more.


How to cancel Planet fitness membership 


You can’t. You need to either go in and cancel in person, or send a letter by physical mail saying you wish to cancel your membership. It’s a pain in the ass but they need proof of a physical signature that you want to cancel your contract. If you have a 12 month commitment and you are cancelling before the 12 months are up (i.e you signed up in January and are cancelling 7 months later in July), there is a $58 cancellation fee.



Depends on your membership. If you signed up for a membership with a 12 mo commitment and are still within the first year, you have a $58 cancellation fee. If you signed up for a no commitment or have been a member for longer than a year, there is no fee. If you manage to catch a deal and pay a year in advance, you’re out the money.

You have to either go into your home gym and cancel in person, or send a letter. You have to go in or they have to receive the letter by the 10th of the month to guarantee you won’t be charged for another month. If you try to cancel on the 11th-16th, there’s no guarantee you won’t be charged for the next month as the system is already preparing to withdraw the funds from your checking account.

Pros and cons of planet fitness.


  • Affordable – $10/month for regular members, ~$22/month for Black Card members
  • Lots of cardio machines (if you’re into that)
  • Difficult to get injured (sort of): Smith machines make sure you don’t drop a barbell on your foot, face, or other important body part.
  • Workout express stations. You can get a solid ab workout in 12 minutes and get a cardio/strength workout in 30 minutes.
  • Pizza/Bagel Days: Free pizza is the first Monday of the month. Be at the gym around 4:30 to 6 PM, and you’ll probably be able to snatch a slice or two (or three, hehe). Free bagels are every second Tuesday morning of the month. Not sure about the specifics, though, because I’ve never gone.
  • Black Card Perks: Bring a buddy with you when you work out, use the massage chairs / tanning beds, 50% off sports drinks, can go to any PF anywhere in the world
  • Pretty good customer service: Helpful, friendly staff (generally)
  • Free candy: Tootsie rolls and grape-flavored PF candy (tastes nasty but maybe that’s just me)


  • No swimming pool
  • No free weights. (My theory on why Planet Fitness doesn’t have free weights? They don’t want to get sued if you accidentally drop something on your foot. Also, stealing barbell clips is really easy… happens all the time at the 24 Hour Fitness I went to previously. PF’s gotta keep the costs low, people!)
  • Pizza/Bagel Days: Carbs, man. Carbs, carbs, carbs. You can see au revoir to your burned workout calories… because they’re comin’ right back in.

Depending on whether you’re a cardio junkie or a weightlifting dude or whether you’re just beginning your fitness journey or you’re a lifelong athlete, this pros/cons list could definitely be flipped! But hopefully, I gave you some key facts to consider when you consider Planet Fitness.

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