I have a solid idea in my head of what my home gym will look like someday. There will be an elliptical, treadmill, various hand weights, and mirrors on all walls. I’ve learned in the last few years that it is near impossible to get me to do any sort of exercise outside consistently. And when I do go for a jog, I am less likely to push myself than when I am running on a treadmill. To maintain any consistency in my workout habits, I need access to a gym. And until we have any sort of permanent home that has room for a gym in it, I need a gym membership. At the beginning of last year I had gotten into a great workout routine. I woke early and took a barre class at my favorite barre studio--Pop Physique. Once moving to New York was a solid plan I did some searching for barre classes in NYC and was disappointed to realize that Pop Physique was not yet in NYC and the barre classes that were there, were very expensive. Upon discovering that the gyms aren’t any cheaper, I began to brainstorm how I would keep up the level of working out I had gotten used to once we were in NY and also while we were on the road for three weeks.
My brainstorming often occurred in the last few relaxing moments of Pop and during one of these occasions, the gym Planet Fitness popped into my head! I began my research. I was reminded (I had belonged to PF in college) that Planet Fitness has locations all over the country and their memberships are reasonably priced. While they don’t offer classes or anything fancier than cardio machines, free weights, and weight machines, I decided we didn’t need more than that for the year we were in NY.
We waited until we were on the road to sign up and the first place we went to that had a Planet Fitness was Albuquerque, NM. I signed up for the black card and we got our first on the road gym workout in. The black card gets you access to all PF locations and you can bring a guest EVERY TIME you go to the gym. This option allowed us to workout regularly as we drove across the country and once we got to NY. It also meant that Rob and I didn’t have to sign up for separate memberships. We pay $21.45/month and are both able to use the gym. The con is that Rob has to go to the gym with me. He cannot get in on his own. Unlike me however, he can and will workout outside. Those times when it doesn’t work with our schedules to go together, he will simply go for a run. We decided because of this, it was better to have the membership in my name and I can go to the gym when it is convenient for me.
Planet Fitness has been the perfect solution to our workout needs while we don’t have a permanent home. In addition to Albuquerque we were able to workout in Chicago and Durham on our trip and we’ve been no more than a 15 minute walk away from a PF in each neighborhood that we have lived in in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
All opinions are my own and I was not compensated by Planet Fitness for this review.