Young At Heart Mommy | South Florida Lifestyle Blogger: Get Fit At Planet Fitness In South Florida + #GIVEAWAY #PlanetFitnessMIA

Jan 23, 2014

Get Fit At Planet Fitness In South Florida + #GIVEAWAY #PlanetFitnessMIA


Getting in shape and getting healthy is on many of our New Year's resolution lists. Eating the right foods and exercising  regularly plays a big role in accomplishing these goals. Finding an affordable and high quality gym is a helpful tool in making it happen. Not to mention, we don't all want to work out at a gym where we are surrounded by a bunch of meat heads and half naked fitness models. Some of us are just normal people trying to get healthy and get fit! This is where Planet Fitness comes to the rescue.

Planet Fitness has over 700 locations nationwide with more than 4.5 million members and this number is increasing rapidly each year. The company prides itself on giving people an unbeatable value, top notch facilities, and an atmosphere that every gym-goer feels comfortable working out in. It is also a national brand partner of NBC's The Biggest Loser! Franchise owner, Scott Lapinsky, has recently spread Planet Fitness' wings and opened a new location in the South Florida community. It is open 24 hours M-F and 7am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Last week I was given the opportunity to tour the facility for myself and workout with fellow local bloggers!


Unlike other gyms, Planet Fitness keeps it simple with two memberships. There are no long contracts with fine print attached to the bottom or outrageous registration fees. There is a basic $10 a month membership and a $20 a month Black Card membership. Regardless of which you choose you can join now for just a $1 start up fee! What's the difference between the two? 

Basic Membership ($10 monthly)
  • Unlimited access to your home club
  • Unlimited fitness training
  • Planet Fitness t-shirt
Black Card Membership ($20 monthly)

  • Access to all Planet Fitness franchise locations
  • Unlimited fitness training
  • Unlimited guest privileges
  • Unlimited Hydro massage
  • Unlimited use of massage chairs
  • Use of tanning
  • 1/2 price of cooler drinks (restrictions apply)
  • Planet Fitness t-shirt
  • Planet Fitness Black Card key tag

Notice that fitness training is included in both levels of membership? Yes, you read correctly. You do not have to pay anything extra to use their trainers! This is a first, huh?  Just another reason that I absolutely love Planet Fitness. At all times there are personal trainers on site to assist, motivate, teach, and help you through your workouts if needed. They are extremely friendly and personable as well. Due to their relaxed environment you do not have to feel uncomfortable asking for help or guidance. The staff encourages you to do so.


Planet Fitness has over 100 cardio machines which include treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and much more. When you are done with your cardio training you can move on the dumbbells in the weight lifting station nearby.  In this area you will notice a huge sign titled "Lunk Alarm." All Planet Fitness locations include this yellow and purple siren to enforce the policy of no grunting, dropping weights, or judging others. They are more than serious about providing an environment where there are no critics around. They want the first time gym goer to feel just as comfortable as the fitness expert working out beside them.


My favorite area of the gym was called the "30 Minute Workout" which speaks for itself. If you are in a rush, working out on your lunch break, or just want to get a turbo boost then this is for you!  This express circuit contains 20 stations and at 60 second each, takes 30 minutes to complete. The odd numbered stations are workout machines while the even numbered stations are cardio-step stations. Typically you will start at number one but wherever you do begin you must follow the sequence of numbers to complete the workout. 

The circuit above the entrance operates on a red/light - green/light system. When you see the light turn green you begin working out. After one minute the light will turn red which indicates that you need to move to the next station in the sequence. At the end of the 30 minutes you will have completed a full body workout! After this time I felt more than a burn. I think I worked out muscles that I never knew I had. I can see this continuing to be effective as long as you put into it what you hope to get out. It's definitely a great quick workout.


The locker rooms were even welcoming and spacious. There were two walls of lockers, a flat screen television, and showers for members to use before or after their workouts. For some the locker room may be a small deciding factor when choosing a gym. For me, it is one of the first things I look at. Why? If the locker rooms aren't clean then chances are the rest of the facility isn't either. I think I speak for many when I say that we don't walk walk into a smelly sweat filled room with people's clothing or towels lying around everywhere! I have run into this situation before and it was enough for me to stop using the locker room at my prior gym all together. Fortunately, this was not the case at Planet Fitness. Everything was clean and it honestly looked as though it was the first day they had opened.


In addition to working out, members can also utilize the Planet Fitness tanning and massage services. This facility had tanning booths, massage chairs, and hydro massage beds. As a Planet Fitness Black Card holder you can use these services regularly. There is nothing better than a nice massage after a long workout!  You can relax your muscles and unwind before heading home.


Another cool perk of having the PF Black Card is getting 20% off of your workout gear at NewBalance.com!


As a token of appreciation for their members, Planet Fitness  also provides free pizza on the first Monday of every month and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month. Can you say CHEAT DAY? At least you can work it off right after! At this point it's hard to find any faults in the Planet Fitness gym, membership, or mission. I am beyond thrilled to finally find a facility that I can work out at and feel comfortable being just "me."

Want the chance to win a Planet Fitness membership of your own?  One lucky Young At Heart Mommy reader will win a (1) year PF Black Card membership. Enter through the rafflecopter form below and good luck!

Disclosure:  I was provided with a complimentary membership for myself and a reader in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
 

60 comments :

  1. Is it bad that my favorite part is the massage bed? I also love the idea of the 30 minute work out area.

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  2. I love the hydro massage & the 30 minute express workout! I'd take my husband with me.

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  3. I would probably be working out with my daughter - and Hydro massages...yes please! Bonus they just opened one up right near my home - I should check it out :)

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  4. My brother actually goes to Planet Fitness up here in MA and he's really happy there. I like that if he's out and about he can go to any one of their clubs - not just the one where he joined.

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  5. They are opening up a new one in my area too the hubs said they are much better than LA Fitness so I may have to check it out at 10 bucks who can resist.

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  6. I love how all of their equipment matches!

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  7. That's an amazing value! I'm really impressed with Planet Fitness - wish there was one near us!

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  8. This would probably help give me the kick in the pants to get into "wedding shape".

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  9. I like the "Lunk Alert", the last thing I want is someone judging me or making it an uncomfortable atmosphere. So I really like that. I also like the 30min workout area. That's genius! I would use that area a lot. And I would workout with my husband. That'd be so nice to get in our nightly workout together.

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  10. I like that the gym near my home is really clean!

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  11. I've been seeing them promote Planet Fitness throughout The Biggest Loser and I LOVE the "No Lunks" because I've met a few at the gym. And I would take my mother-in-law to workout with :)

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  12. you totally had me at the whole hydromassage thing. because that alone would motivate my butt to go to the gym!

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  13. I really like the 30 mins section. Great for those quick gym visits! I also like the Biggest Loser section - how cool to have a guide available to help you. I didnt' know Planet Fitness had all these amazing stuff!

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  14. Oh my gosh Planet Fitness looks awesome! My cousin and I would totally go there together if I had a membership. My favorite would most definitely be the hydro massage beds and I think she'd love the 30 minute workout. I can't believe you get access to all of that for such low prices...and without a long contract! Love!

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  15. I haven't been to a gym in years, but the included fitness training is making me reevaluate my fitness plan. That's a great deal.

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  16. I would join a Planet Fitness, simply for the massage chairs. Is that terrible? I dislike (cheap) treadmills, but have recently discovered I love the elliptical, if given access to Hulu or HGTV apps on my phone. :)

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  17. My favorite part is the openness and I will work out alone.

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  18. This gym is beautiful! It looks like they have everything you need for motivation! Love it! Wish I had one close to me. -April

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  19. Everything looks great. I like the message beds & tanning a lot.

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  20. I like the price and I will be going with a friend.

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  21. I love the 30 minute area...the price is amazing it's just getting my butt there!

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  22. They are really set up for people to do anything they could possibly want to do. Gym goers ought to consider this for sure!

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  23. I like that fitness training is included in both memberships. When your getting started sometimes you need a little help to get and keep motivated.

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  24. I like the 30 minute workout and the cool color scheme! I will be working out with my dad!

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  25. Looks like a great gym! Wish there were something similar close to us. I am still considering buying a treadmill for me...

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  26. We have a Planet Fitness right here in our neighborhood! I live in Miami, so I can totally enter this! If I won, my daughter and I would probably use the treadmills together!

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  27. Hi I've entered the giveaway but would like more entries with the Instagram and Google +, they are not working and I'm not sure if it's coming from my end;)

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  28. I love how bright and clean it is! I need to see if there is one in St. Louis.

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  29. I can't believe that it is only $10 a month to join. That is one heck of a deal! The $20 deal is sweet, too. Gyms here cost a LOT more than that!

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  30. $10 a month is a steal!!! I'd love to start working out with my hubby! Do they have child care? I'm all for that 30 minute workout section!

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  31. i love the price! I would work out with friends!

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  32. I like that they have tons of equipment, so even when it's crowded there's still place to work out.

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  33. While we don't have a Planet Fitness I go to our local gym. I find that I'm more motivated to work out and more committed to going.

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  34. I've never been there so I can't say! But I would go with my cousin

    jenamr(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. with two young boys the 30 min workout is my favorite part

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  36. I have always wanted to check out this gym !!!!! the price and memberships sounds really great and this what i'm looking for. I have never been to a gym where they had massage chairs, and hydro massage beds this sounds really great because i'm always sore after working out !

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  37. My favorite part is the huge amount of cardio machines they have. I won't have to worry about not getting a machine that I want to use.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Entered the rafflecopter form as "Wild Orchid"

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  38. I like all the amenities that this gym offers for such a great price. I gave up my gym membership last month because I was paying over $50/month and not using it as much as I should have. I would so signup for a gym that was only $10-$20/month.

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  39. Love the 30 min workout and massage bed! Cool!~

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  40. I used to have a Planet Fitness membership and LOVED them! Unfortunately, I don't have one near me anymore, but definitely recommend.

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  41. Wow, I've been thinking about a gym membership and now I think you sold me! My favorite part of the Black Membership is probably those massages - wow! I'd probably go by myself, but maybe with hubs :)

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  42. I love the amazing workout machines! I would workout with my sister!

    stephanie ann

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  43. The fitness training is great! It sounds like there are so many amazing features. I would love to go with my hubby to kick this baby weight!

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  44. The fitness training sounds great. I'd probably workout alone though!

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  45. I love how clean it is and the option of workout machines!! I like to work out alone!

    Kristin Goodson
    lilgoodson21@yahoo.com

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  46. The way it's laid out and the colors and the price... and the amenities. The list goes on. I'd never even heard of this place before! So glad there's one not too far from my house :) Excellent review, btw! I'm totally sold on it and I love your photos. I'm so shy about working out, so it's great to be able to see the inside of this gym without having to go there myself. I'd feel comfortable here, because it's laid out well and has colors that I love. Not to mention the whole list of options--wow wee (as the baby says!). Thank you for sharing!! xo

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  47. ps: i'd go with my guy or by myself, sometimes.

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  48. i like the tanning!

    and probably by myself! thanks!

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  49. the unlimited tanning.. I'd take my dad to work out with.

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  50. The unlimited training and 24/7 access

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  51. i would take my friend

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  52. I honestly love the color scheme! I know it sounds lame, but most gyms look super drab. This one looks like I really want to work out there! I LOVE that! I'll be working out with my best friend!

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  53. I love the 30 minute workout section!

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  54. I love the color aspect of the workout environment. i would take my best friend.

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  55. the 30 min workout area is great! i would extend the invite to my husband.

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  56. My wife really wants to join a gym. I would love to win this for her.

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  57. I think the massage bed is fantastic! I don't know who I would bring with me. None of my friends are very fitness oriented but maybe i could change that!

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  58. I would take my mother with me. I like that this gym is only $10 to $20 a month and comes with trainers included.

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  59. I really like the 'no judging' concept they have! I am always so nervous about joining a gym or going to a class because I feel like everyone's going to look down at me for how out of shape I am. This gym just looks like it would be more fun just on that fact alone.

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  60. I think I would just work out by myself. It's good 'alone time' for me!

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