According to the knuckleheads at the Richmond California Planet Fitness you can be too fit. And they'll have none of that in their... for lack of a better term "establishment." Remember they aren't a gym, or fitness center, or health club as far as I can tell. I guess they are a social club decorated with exercise equipment. But if you use the equipment please do so quietly and don't disturb others.
And let's not forget they still claim to be "The Judgement Free Zone." Unless you take or appear to take your fitness seriously, then they have no problem judging you!
The latest member to feel the wrath of the Planet is Tiffany Austin. 15 minutes into her first workout at the franchise's Richmond California club she was told she was intimidating people with her toned body. To me that doesn't sound like a judgement free zone.
There are a few things I don't understand about Planet Fitless, I mean Fitness, and some, but not all of its members. First if you want to be a judgement free zone then DON'T JUDGE anyone.
Why not get rid of that tag line? It just doesn't fit and makes you seem hypocritical by continuing to declare it.
Second, if someone doesn't like what someone is wearing, as long as it isn't offensive or against club policies then the offended member should just not look! It's a place (well supposed to be) to exercise. That should mean comfortable fitting clothes and in some situations less than average to prevent overheating. Not everyone is comfortable working out in long sleeves and sweat pants all year like me.
Any trainer will tell you that a major reason lots of people who want to exercise won't join a gym is the worry that people will be looking at and watching them. Trainers have to work at getting people to overcome that fear. Unfortunately P.F. staff and some members are not helping!
Third, if you are going to equip your establishment with exercise and fitness equipment don't be surprised if people decide to use the equipment to get fit, as in working out, not lounging about. Why not just supply only super quiet treadmills that go no higher than 2 miles per hour and the thinnest lightest elastic tubing? It's quiet, won't make much noise if dropped, and nobody will have to worry and getting or looking too fit from continued use.
For the members that take issue with people joining a gym and exercising with some gusto I have a few no intensity exercise programs that might fit your agenda:
Try lifting paperback books at the library. It's nice and quiet and most of the paperbacks are light enough that no more than 5 percent of your muscle fibers will fire when you lift them. Well actually 5% for the normal exerciser, but for PF patrons it might be more like 60 percent. Just make sure to stay away from the reference section. Don't want you to strain yourself.
Or you could try pushing a shopping cart through Whole Foods. But watch out! There might be some lunk showing off their fit body while shopping for some healthful foods. How Dare They!!
Or, since we know that pets are good for your health you could get yourself a pet turtle and take it for a walk. Maybe petition your city to develop a turtle park so you and all your fellow former Planet Fitless friends could meet up and complain about the noisy dogs running and exercising at the nearby dog park. Lunks!
My advice to Tiffany Austin is to find a real gym. Too bad she had to learn the hard way that PF is not the place to join if you want to focus on working out.
My advice for everyone is to not make anyone feel bad when they are working on improving themselves. And speaking of improving, how about giving it a try Planet Fitness!!
This was another rant but feel free to comment below. Your opinions are always welcome, even if you do like Planet Fitness.
When not browsing the shelves of the San Marcos city library personal trainer Aaron Harris can be found grunting and acting like a lunk at a real gym in San Marcos California. When training his clients in their homes in the north San Diego county area he does not judge and does not sound a lunk alarm.