Getting Fit with Planet Fitness – Frugal Novice

Getting Fit with Planet Fitness

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I received a membership to Planet Fitness to facilitate my path to fitness and my blog posts chronicling my progress.

As a full-time working, blogging, DIY-ing, mom of three kids, life is busy. A good busy, don’t get me wrong – I love my job, my blog, my hobbies, and my family. But busy is busy, and that means it’s hard to fit anything extra into my week.

I’m 35, though, and am still (ahem, 4+ years later) hanging on to some baby weight (can you still call it that 4 years later? I’m going with yes.) I know how important it is to be healthy, and that means I need to make it a priority now. I’m tracking what I eat, but diet is just one aspect of getting healthy. I want to build strength and endurance, too – and that means I need to get active.

Planet Fitness is the perfect place for a mom like me for many reasons. Number one? It’s not intimidating at all. As a non-fitness-buff person it can be a turn-off to go to a gym and feel like you don’t fit in, but Planet Fitness truly is a place for everyone. Their motto is “judgement-free zone” and they’ve really achieved that feeling.

Another reason I love Planet Fitness is the flexibility. It’s open 24 hours a day, so I can go whenever I want – before the kids wake up for the day, or after they’ve gone to bed.

Price is a big factor for me when considering a gym, too, and Planet Fitness has the most affordable pricing structure I’ve ever heard of – just $10/month for the basic plan, or $20/month for the black card (plus a once-a-year $39.99 fee). I’m trying out the black card membership, and guys, the perks really make it worth the extra $10 a month. For one thing, I can bring a guest with me every single time I go work out. Having company makes working out so much more fun, and makes me more likely to actually go. The black card membership also offers access to the hydromassage beds, massage chairs, and even tanning beds.

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I went and signed up for my membership, and every single employee I encountered seemed happy to be there and happy to help. The staff can really make or break a gym experience, and they really set the tone  that this was going to be a welcoming place to work out.

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I went the very next day for my first workout. It was a Saturday morning and it was busy but not overly crowded. I worked out on the elliptical (spoiler alert: it’s really hard to take a photo while using an elliptical – but here I am in all my blurry glory!):

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I did 30 minutes, which went by incredibly quickly because I was able to watch TV while I work out. They have TVs tuned to various channels, so I set up near HGTV and was a happy camper while I burned a decent amount of calories and got some good cardio in.

I tried out the machines on a subsequent visit, and also tested out the 30-minute circuit, which is an easy way to get strength training in for a variety of muscle groups. Brian and I even had a date night to Planet Fitness last week and had a lot of fun.

I’ll be posting once a month to let you know my progress – so check back in a couple of weeks for my first update! I’m going Thursday to meet with a (free!) personal trainer so I can get a plan tailored just for me.

Find a Planet Fitness near you – at $10 a month you can’t really justify not working out!

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