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Why do people that are really into fitness hate Planet Fitness? : OutOfTheLoop
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Meta threads about OOTL itself should be asked via sending us a message in modmail. Otherwise meta threads may be removed. Why do people that are really into fitness hate Planet Fitness? Because most people really into fitness like to do barbell training and Planet Fitness specifically bans certain things that most people do with barbells. You're not allowed to deadlift, you get yelled at if you don't put the weights down gently, or if you have a water jug or grunt while pushing the weight.
They ban these things because people who go to the gym just to do cardio and light work on the weight machines list them as "reasons I don't like the gym" and PF decided to target that market. I never understood the no water jug rule. Is my excess intake of water really triggering peoples pansy ass bladders to explode on site? Maybe I just don't want to walk to the water fountain every 15 minutes and get judged by all the wandering glares coming from the cardio bunnies on the stationary bicycles because my sweat stains give them violent flashbacks.
It does seem really odd -- in every other context, people are encouraged to hydrate properly. If someone is doing heavy work and doesn't like wasting time or the taste of chlorine, maybe a jug is necessary over using a water fountain. But PF is not there for gym rats, PF is there to be the gym for people that don't like the gym. If you are serious enough about your workout that these rules are hampering you, you're ready to move out of Pallet Town and into a real gym.
If I was swigging at a jug between each set I'd need enough visits to the urinal that i might as well just drink from the water fountain. So just ignore the fat shaming eh? Nah, fuck that noise. Fuck fat shaming and swole shaming. Promote health conscious choices. You're in luck, then! Planet fitness has their very own line of sports hydration supplements.
It's just like the headband rule. If X is strongly associated with "lunk" then ban X. It makes as much sense as that assault weapon ban, if it looks scary it must be worse than a regular gun.
I'm pretty sure that these issues are dependent on what Planet Fitness you go to. The one I go to allows me to deadlift, have a water jug, and I have never heard the lunk alarm go off.
The employees are pretty cool, laid back, and don't get in my way. I think it's a corporate rule but I suppose it's like anything else, if the cat's away the mice will play. Am I a total posuer if I am annoyed by people dropping weights? It just seems like macho posturing. Depends on what you're doing.
Heavy deadlifts really do 'require' you to drop the weight. I've also dropped weights on heavy DB press. Not being douchy, just exhausted. When i am doing decline dumb bell presses i usuay drop them from the position its hard to really get rid of them any other way and my gym jas no decline bench.
How can you run a gym and hate deadlifts? That's like running a pool and banning swimming. I've never been to a Planet Fitness so this is going to be a really stupid question but assuming water bottles are allowed, why not water jugs? Can you bring in a giant water bottle as long as its not a plastic gallon jug?
I work there and we do not care if you have a water jug. Planet Fitness is not a gym but a 'fitness centre' which basically means they try to attract people who don't actually know anything about getting fit but like to sit on the stationary cycles with a magazine in one hand and a 2 pound weight doing reps in the other, all the while signing up and paying for every yoga and stretching class possible.
If someone dedicated to fitness accidentally finds themselves in Planet Fitness and, say, breaks a sweat or racks up more than a single plate, there is -no shit- a thing called a Lunk Alarm, which is basically a real world physical trigger warning system for insecure people to use which calls a personal trainer wellness coach over to kick the lifter out for being intimidating.
It aims to cultivate a non-threatening 'judgement free' place for people to come and socialise in their yoga pants. The "Judgement Free" place literally has an alarm and a person who's job it is to judge you. I've heard in some PFs it won't actually go off but other times it's a loud siren-type alarm. That just screams for a lawsuit when someone drops a weight on their chest due to loud alarm startling them.
There was once a lawsuit where the alarm was set off by a prison guard for a high security prison. If a former inmate saw the guard, they could have attacked him. Well those guys were just purposefully being assholes who deserve to be kicked out of the gym and would likely be kicked out of most gyms that didn't specifically try and accommodate those types.
It's a video of them making fun of the stupid Lunk alarm, I'm fairly sure they aren't always like that. They don't have heavy weights. The ones I've been to have no squat racks and the barbells are fixed weight and only go up to like lbs.
If you're squatting, it takes only a few months of progress to get up to If you're deadlifting, you can get lbs if you've been working out for a few weeks. I also use for bent over rows, and I'm not even a strong guy. They do have barbells for bench press that you could probably use, but I imagine that they would set off the lunk alarm if you put a bar on the floor.
My wife used to go to planet fitness because it was dirt cheap and she was unemployed at the time. She got asked to leave for sweating too much. I know this is an old thread. But what are my chances for getting kicked out while running treadmills? I don't jog along I do 8mph average for miles.
I came to mention a picture that was circulated a while back of "free pizza" in a PF location, but this is so much more meaningful. What a horrible place to work out for people who actually care to work out. I've got something better than a picture.
Feast your eyes on this! Yeah, that free pizza they cram down your throat really is diabolical. Oh wait you don't have to eat it? Shit there goes my rhetoric. It's all about the business model. Planet Money on NPR did a great piece on this awhile back Imagine if before you started lifting you put on a blindfold.
You cant judge someone without seeing them, if anything people are judging you. You don't have to pay anything for their classes, just be a member and sign up in advance. Same deal goes for their personal trainers. There's a reason this stuff is usually expensive. Yeah really, I don't get why everyone's so angry in this thread.
I have a friend that so far has lost 75lbs just from walking and doing simple exercise at PF. He's really overweight and that's the only place he feels comfortable. I can see how it wouldn't be a gym for everyone but it must help some people, why be mad at that? PF is great as a casual gym, it's the ones that shit on people for even trying, or "triggering insecurity" that are awful.
As if bodybuilders are secure. It's like fatpeoplehate but for people actually trying hard to get fit. The question asked was why do people who are into fitness hate PF. The answer is because PF is built to repel those people. Sounds like some fat The Planet Fitness I belong to has giant bowls of tootsie rolls at the entrance and serves pizza. I always thought that was kind of obnoxious.
From what I understand, it's mostly because Planet Fitness hates people that are really into fitness. I work out at PF. The one I go to is pretty good though because it is close to a major college.
The lunk alarm never goes off, and the people working out have a sense of what they're doing. I honestly think its great that PF tries to get people to do activities they wouldn't normally do.