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[–] hams_have_diabeetus 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Hey whatever works right? As long as they stay out of my gym I'll be happy.

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[–] idontgetbacon 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

A small flight of stairs would work too...

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[–] 3007346? 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

That's how you end up with this...

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[–] Opposite_Santa 1 point 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Out-of-shape people are really the bread-and-butter of gyms since they pay membership and never show up. So PowerFitness really did just take it to its logical conclusion.

This allows them to have equipment that lasts longer as its not getting used as much, nor as roughly, allows them to have much less equipment (ie. no full sets of dumbbells, no plates or olympic bars, etc), which cuts down on costs. Charge a rate that is not enough for a fatty to cancel once they realize they never go, and presto. Free pizza just keeps them as members longer, since they feel they 'get something' for the membership.

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[–] AOU 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

PF is for fitness what The Heart Attack Grill is for restaurant.

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[–] Lilina 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Both kill fatties.

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[–] Thinnerprivilege 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

There's nothing wrong with PF, in fact it's actually a pretty great value for the price because all the fats buy a membership as a talking point which subsidizes it for the folks who actually go.

I actually like the "lunk alarm" which calls out those idiots who grunt and groan lifting moderate weights

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[–] Somali 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Exactly. My PF is full of surprisingly jacked people. If you're creative enough you can get jacked even with their restrictions... a Smith Machine and a 60lb dumbbell in each hand can take you pretty far if you know what you're doing. For 10lb a month no commitment membership it's a great deal even with their quirks. Only problem is you can't really deadlift/squat with them.

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[–] Yo_how_r_u_man 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

Lol the smith machine is lifting cancer. It has literally 2 purposes:

  1. For injury rehab

  2. As somewhere to sit whilst waiting for a real piece of equipment to become available.

In all seriousness though, since PF doesnt have much in the way of free weights, a smith machine will do. I just hate the amount of pricks I meet who think benching 150kg on the smith machine is a feat of strength.

To be fair it mainly depends on whether you are aiming for strength or size, because the main issue is that your stabilising and synergist muscles are not being worked properly which makes you over reliant on the machine the more you use it. The ROM is also incorrect for any of the big 3 exercises.

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[–] RedditThoughtPolice 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago  (edited ago)

I've said it before on this sub, and I'll say it again:

I love pf! Cheap. Clean, nice equipment. Locations all over the country (even some very remote places.) Most are open 24/7

There aren't even many fat people. Especially on the west coast. Lots more In the south. Most of the fatties I do see are clearly frustrated or envious because of me and it makes me feel amazing.

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[–] Kronicals ago 

This is the first time I have heard of a planet fitness actually letting someone deadlift. Interesting.

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[–] Algermas 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It's genius from a business standpoint. All gyms rely on people signing up and either never or very rarely actually going. Why not just target your ideal demographic directly? Same goes for something like the Heart Attack Grill.

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[–] squiddildo 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's a good business model. They know the hams won't go, so they make it cheap so that the hams will continue to pay so they can flaunt their membership key chain and bumper sticker. $10 - $20 a month, for thousands of people who will only show up on pizza monday? It's brilliant. I have a PF membership and it's mostly fit old people and cardio bunnies. There are occasional hams but they generally only show up a couple times before they resign themselves to only showing up on free pizza day.

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[–] klongtoey ago 

did you ever eat the pizza? what's it like?

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[–] squiddildo 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I never eat it, since I'm not at the gym to eat. They generally get pretty good quality pizza from local places though, nothing crappy like Domino's or Pizza Hut. The location I go to after work gets it from a place called Mario's, and the location I go to on weekends get theirs from Magpie's.

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[–] FatJavalina 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I've always been suspicious thanks to the name. It's a cheap gym (from what I hear) that can attract anyone, but with pizza days and the douchebag Bell or whatever, it's practically designed for lazy fatasses, and the vast majority of them seem to prefer going there.

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[–] TattooedWife 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I go to Planet Fatness. It's $10/mo. It was a $5 or $10 sign up fee with a $39 annual fee.

The LA Fitness near me is $99 to sign up and $30/mo

$169/yr at Planet Fatness (I used $10 for the sign up fee. I can cancel at ANY time as long as it's before the 10th of the month) and $459/yr for LA. (I'm not sure if LA has an annual fee and I'm not sure if you can cancel at any time.) LA is nearly triple the cost of Planet and Planet is 24 hrs.

LA Fitness has been busy since it opened and took some clients away from Planet so it's usually not busy at my gym and NOT full of hams regularly.

On a weekly basis, I see maybe 8-10 obeasts throughout the entire week. I have never been to a pizza day nor have I been to a bagel day.

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[–] FatJavalina 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I knew it was a lot cheaper (and so attracted a lot more people). I wasn't trying to insult you or your gym, haha. Just speculating with the post.

I'm happy you get to work on your gains. That's as it should be.

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[–] pikapikapower 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I almost joined them, but the required sign up for 2 years thing was a bigger turn off. Then I found a small local gym. Best part is, my rates are kept low monthly because of 500 or so fatties that still pay and never show up. Only thing I have ever found good about a fatty. I get MMA training in a small class of 4-6 people (basically 1 on 1) for the same low rate.

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[–] FatJavalina 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ok, the MMA training has me jealous! I go to LA Fitness because I travel around the country a lot, so I can use the gyms wherever, but my hearts been broken ever since I realized I wouldn't get my old boxing time. I do get to practice on my own with the bags, though.

Your gym sounds absolutely fantastic.

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[–] Ben77 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

It's a pretty slick business model if you don't care about health and just want to make money. Fats get to say they are members of a gym, they don't ever go (apart from free pizza day, obviously), or half ass it if they do, and you collect that sub money every month.

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