Experience with Planet Fitness or Anytime Fitness?

posted 8 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
1313 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I went to a planet fitness when I lived at my parents house, it’s super basic and theres no classes (or there were no classes offered 8 years ago). I don’t mind that but it’s good to know.

Mine got super crowed at peak times and super crowded with people who were there to get checked out and not really work out. This may also just be my home town LOL. 

Post # 3
5430 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have had an Anytime Fitness for a few years now (switched over from another gym when the AF opened up). It is just over $50 (CDN) a month. To me it is well worth it as I go nearly everyday and I have managed to find a location in most places I have traveled as well (if I did not like hotel gym, etc). I also appreciate it is 24/7 because I sometimes am there very early in morning (and many gyms around me do not open until 5 or 6), or on holidays. I don’t do the classes, but mine does run classes (spin, boot camp, yoga, TRX, and so on), has personal training options (often has sign up deals with free personal training session(s)), and so on.

I do think “every” Anytime Fitness is different though – it is a franchise – so you need to check out the equipment, management, and so on at the location you are looking at. The folks that run mine are very into bodybuilding, fitness, themselves and it can affect the “vibe” and equipment in some ways I think. It works for me, but I do know it may not work for others who are looking for a different feel…but I have been to AF’s in other locations that have a very different appearance, set up, and “clientele”, etc.

Post # 5
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I go to Planet Fitness (and 24 Hr. Fitness). I actually quite like it and it’s SO inexpensive. They do offer classes if you’re into that kind of stuff (a previous poster thought maybe they didn’t). The equiptment is all nice and there’s enough stuff there to get a good work out in unless you absolutely need an actual squat rack or want to do heavy deadlifting.

I hate their “schtick”.. They says it’s a judgement free zone yet they judge bodybuilders and have ridiculous signs and a “Lunk Alarm” that will go off if you grunt too loudly. But, if you just pay the $10 and go in and get your workout in and don’t pay attention to their stupid Pizza Monday then you’re all good :).


Post # 6
413 posts
Helper bee

stevielee :  is this legit? Pizza monday!? That’s my kind of gym!


OP I saw some people commenting that people go just to get checked out/check people out, I think that’s probably true of most big gyms. I don’t go to either of the ones you mentioned but if I go after work that’s mostly who is there. I try to go in the mornings now and the morning crew are there to work out and go, which is what I much prefer, also, way less busy. 

Post # 7
4481 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: San Francisco City Hall

I’ve gone to both gyms.

Both are a bit limiting in what they offer but if your workouts are cardio based and/or basic it will work for you.  Anytime Fitness is FAR more expensive than Planet Fitness.

Post # 8
5313 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I go to Planet Fitness. I like it because it’s so cheap and is open 24/7. I don’t like classes and mine doesn’t offer it so there’s no problem for me, but I know a lot of people like classes so it depends on your preferences. It does get crowded though (especially in the New Year, these last two months have been rough). But it calms down once the New Year’s resolution people give up, haha. Mondays after work are usually the worst. Friday nights is my favorite time to work out because it’s almost empty. They don’t have a ton of equipment though so a lot of the time I have to switch up my routine halfway through because someone is using the machine I want. 

Post # 9
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Husband and I go to PlanetFitness 4-5 times a week. I have the Black card which is $20+ a month but lets me have a guest for free and allows me access to ‘spa’ features – tanning and a water massage.

It’s a great value! There are plenty of machines and even when it’s busy there is no real trouble finding a machine. We have a routine and if the machine we need is taken we just move to the next one on our routine and then circle back. 

The fact that me and my husband can both go with him as my guest for just one membership fee is a huge perk. We chose to use me as the main account holder so I could make use of things he wouldn’t use like tanning. My tanning membership was pretty pricey so getting gym and tanning privileges for under $30 is a win in my book.

Post # 12
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

futuremrss17 :  I am in a similar situation to you, but I’m post-move. We were members at a wonderful, big gym focused on weightlifting. Only 4 cardio machines but 2 floors of weights. I loved that gym so much!! Lots of serious exercisers. 

We moved to small town for my husband’s work and while we could drive 20+ minutes to a bigger/better gym, PF is the only gym in our actual zip code and it’s 2 miles from our house. Seems silly to go somewhere else (especially since I wake up at 4:30am to workout). Anyway, it’s definitely geared towards cardio lovers or what I’d call beginner exercisers which in general I have no problem with because I feel like whatever works to get folks moving is a good thing.

But I’m a fitness competitor so they actively market against people ‘like me’ and so I get self-conscious sometimes when I’m working out. Plus, there are a ton of folks there and they can hog the equipment and are sometimes not even using it properly which is frustrating. 

It’s not a bad gym, everyone is friendly and it’s always clean…I just really loved my old gym. The AF I went to (went with a friend a few times) was just smaller in general, had less cardio equipment but also not a lot of weight equipment either. So out of the 2 I’d pick PF personally, but ideally I’d pick my original gym. Haha. But yeah, overall I don’t have any bad things to say against PF and have had a good experience so far!

 ETA: if you like tanning, PF Black Card membership includes unlimited tanning bed usage. I’m the color of ice, so I don’t use it but if you’re a human with reasonable pigmentation, I bet that would be a perk! LOL. 

Post # 13
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

unfettering :  I agree that the $20 membership it totally worth it! I bring my husband with me whenever he feels like coming. He is a member of 24 Hr Fitness but sometimes we like to do “gym date nights” so for $20, unlimited guest visits, plus tanning and whatnot it’s a steal.

Post # 14
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Join CrossFit!!! One of the best decisions I’ve ever made :o)

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