|(c) Planet Fitness|
So Trisha and I decided to join Planet Fitness, which was only $10 per month, with $10 down. Planet Fitness is also a "judgment free zone" and "doesn't cater to bodybuilders." What I really liked was that the staff member who gave us a tour of Planet Fitness did not push us to sign up right away and that we had time to think about joining until we signed up to join online. When you first start working out, you get a free t-shirt and a Planet Fitness sticker along with your Planet Fitness membership card. You can also pick up a "How To Avoid The Crowds" flyer which shows the average member usage times per hour/per day, which is really useful.
When I first worked out there with Trish, we liked that the machines always seem to work most of the time. 24 (at least the one I went to) always had signs on their machines saying they were under maintenance. I found that 24 was always really busy, and I usually had a hard time getting a treadmill when I wanted to use one. What I do miss about 24 are the Stairmaster, sauna, and rowing machines, which Planet Fitness does not have at the moment.
Planet Fitness also has the essentials that I usually use when I go the gym for a workout (treadmill, elliptical, bike, machines, a clean locker room), and not too many unnecessary things that I don't really use like a pool or a basketball court. With the $10/month fee, you also get free unlimited fitness training from Monday-Friday. It is also open 24 hours, 7 days a week like 24 Hour Fitness. The atmosphere is really bright and colorful (the colors mainly used in the decor are purple and yellow, I smell a Laker fan in corporate...) and I was also really amused by the really large fans on the ceiling. Planet Fitness also has a tanning bed, massaging chairs, a total body enhancement booth, and a hydromassager, but you can pay an extra $10 per month to use them.
If you want to try a gym that is clean, affordable, and has the workout essentials you are looking for, try Planet Fitness. They have around 600 locations, but in Southern California, they have locations in Covina, Anaheim (x2), Huntington Park, Inglewood, San Bernardino, and Oceanside.
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