planet stifled [by rochelle]
Last summer my darling daughter, Angela, worked for Planet Fitness. Let’s just say she was treated poorly. OK, let’s just say, they treated her like crap and the Bunt family swore they would never set foot inside their establishment.
(THEY FIRED ME FOR WEARING SANDALS! Alright, so they made me leave because I didn’t have sneakers on (they weren’t even officially open yet), and instead of going to a nearby TJ Maxx I went to a nearby 99 and got drunk. Then went back to PF to use their tanning booth. Employee discount, holler! – Angela)
Mess with one of us and you earn the wrath of us all.
Fast forward to April 5.
After a couple of years of me not having any real fitness program in place I decided to attempt a Denise Austin DVD I had “borrowed” from work. Now let me just tell you that prior to my horrible back injury I was working out five days a week at a gym, jogging, lifting and probably in the best shape I will ever be in. Then I had back surgery and that all ended. There was the endless pain then there was the fear of doing something that would lead to more pain.
So I finally said time to get my act together and do this simple little exercise tape. I was pitiful! I won’t bore you with the details, but not only could I not get through even the simplest circuit without groaning, today I am hurting from the minimal bit that I managed to do. Shameful.
And so…I joined Planet Fitness. Let me explain. It was a special deal. Just $1 down and $10 a month. Cancel anytime. No commitment. I had no choice. [I see you passed on the Gold Card Membership, which would have included unlimited use of the tanning beds and massage chairs. But whatever.]
I walked in and hated everyone who worked there immediately. It was right after work so it was ridiculously crowded so I hated everyone who was working out. It was “Pizza Monday” which is dumb at a gym. It is ‘judgment free’ but I was judging everything and I hated that they served pizza at a gym. They also had tootsie rolls- dumb! [I think the manager’s pay gets docked like, $300 if somebody hears you making judgments like these] Signs were up that explained that you could not grunt [“We here at Planet Fitness don’t really cater to body builders, we’re more about general fitness” ] or wear bandannas so guess Rod can’t join. I asked and apparently he would be too scary looking all gangstered-up . Umm, have you met Rod?
Anyway, I read the terms of service and searched for some hidden agenda. [No commitment- well, except for your soul.] I paid my dollar, got a t-shirt (ugh- will not wear it), a special number (tattooed on my arm?) and two free passes (Jackie). I didn’t work out because I was nauseated by the pizza and my guilty conscience.
I will go in the morning before work so no one will see me. Forgive me Angela.
Here are some pics of Angela the day she got kicked out of PF for wearing sandals:
Those drinks look mighty good…
So since joining Planet Stifled I have noticed a few things. For a place that is judgement free they are awfully judgemental with their signs all over letting you know quite clearly that that they will judge what attire and which noises are acceptable. I couldn’t help myself and finally asked about the one sign that said “no judgement zone” and the other one that said “based on our judgement”. No response–just a not very friendly look. I have to say that the equipment is quite nice but there are no scales, no towels, and while the machines are plentiful they are so close together that if some sweat goes flying it will not be very pleasant for the person next to you. While I am there I zone out to my music and ignore the rest of the world which is how it should be when you work out. Oh, and I judge..who is younger but in worse shape than me? That is always my favorite. Please don’t report me to the “Judgement Police” I still have some poundage to lose.
DON’T SET OFF THE LUNK ALARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hahahaa they really had pizza at a gym? wierd. hey i mean ange they do have good deals with that free tanning included
The Lunk Alarm! hahahaha! I have a friend who works at a PF in Salem, and I have heard many tales of the infamous button. Yet another contradiction: It’s a judgment-free zone, but there’s an employee behind the desk whose job description includes setting off a light and siren if you he JUDGES that you’re getting intimidating. Drop the weights by accident, he pushes a button that triggers an alarm, thus drawing everyone’s attention to you so they can JUDGE you. Then he has to come over to you and explain why he JUDGED you to be a “lunk.” What..the…HELL IS A lUNK ANYWAY?
And waitaminute, no bandanas?! They’re functional! It keeps the sweat out of your eyes and off your forehead! I’ll never step foot in one of these places.
This concludes today’s ranting time with Foster.
Well, today was “Bagel Tuesday”. I work late on Tuesdays so I work-out in the morning. I was greeted by bagels and several types of cream cheese upon arrival at PF. It is hard enough to get to the gym in the morning but now I need to fight off fattening breakfasts, too. Also, there was a guy there wearing a bandana… I did NOT report him to the PF Police, but he better watch his back.
I will come down there wearing my (correctly tied, there is only one right way)bandana, and beat crap out of anyone that I’m sure that I can. I’m an alum of Pep’s Gym, and by God if anyone used more than one square of paper towel from the bathroom roll, he raised hell! at Peps, we had one television, which I kept tuned to Mother Angelica on EWTN, while the boys blasted head-banging music from WAAF throughout the gym…And we liked it!!
I will come down there wearing my (correctly tied, there is only one right way)bandana, and beat crap out of anyone that I’m sure that I can. I’m an alum of Pep’s Gym, and by God if anyone used more than one square of paper towel from the bathroom roll, owner Tom Paull raised hell! at Peps, we had one television, which I kept tuned to Mother Angelica on EWTN, while the boys blasted head-banging music from WAAF throughout the gym…And we liked it!!
The most obvious thing to me: Planet Fitness spells “judgment” wrong on ALL their T-shirts.
I’ll pass judgment on that.
Kevin. And I’ll be sweet! 😉
It really depends on if you’re speaking American English or British English. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment