Planet Fitness

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Planet Fitness is a fitness center franchise. It has over 1,400 locations across the United States, which makes it one of the largest chains in the country. Planet Fitness is what the company calls a "Judgement Free Zone," ideal for novices and casual gym enthusiasts. It features an expansive facility with top of the line machines. Member can also opt to join on one of the many exercise classes, such as Zumba, the Brazilian Booty Blast, or Nia Dance. It also offers hydro-massage chairs, spray tanning and tanning with its PF Black Card membership.

In 1992, Planet Fitness was founded in Dover, Massachusetts by Michael and Marc Grondahl. They purchased a financially defunct gym and quickly tried to turn it around by offering low-cost memberships. In 1993, they hired Chris Rondeaux to become acting CEO. By 2003, the first Planet Fitness franchise opened in Florida. Since its inception. Planet Fitness has grown by leaps and bounds, and now has over 1,400 locations and over two million members. 

Planet Fitness is a wonderful fitness center choice for seniors because it caters to beginners. Seniors will experience a relaxed atmosphere to work out in. The facility's 24-hour policy is ideal for anyone’s unique schedule. Seniors can also sign up to participate in a variety of exercise classes. 

The spacious center always has ample workout machines, so there is no reason to have to reserve or wait for a machine. There are state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, plus unlimited small group fitness classes headed by a certified trainer. PF Black Card membership also lets a senior bring a guest every day for no extra charge

Grandfolk Scoring
Ease 10/10
Cost 10/10
Cancellation 8/10
Customer service 8/10
Package options 9/10
Financial strength 10/10
Warranty 5/10
How do I get started?
Members should contact their home club directly
How much does membership cost?
Limited Membership: $10/month Black Card Membership: $21.99/month
Can I cancel my membership?
Yes, with a written, mailed notice
Customer service
Yes, contact your local gym for customer service
Yes, but hours vary depending on the home club’s hours of operation
Package options
What packages are available?
Monthly membership plans and annual plans are available
Financial strength
Is the company financially strong?
Yes, the company has over 1,400 franchises throughout the U.S.
Is a warranty available?
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50-64 Years
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75-84 Years

The entire premise of Planet Fitness to create a place where beginners can workout in a no-pressure atmosphere. This lax gym motto is ideal for a senior who wants to take exercise slow and easy. There are a wide array of machines, so seniors can start out slow and focus on muscle strength training, balance improvement or cardio. Seniors might also want to consider taking one of the fitness center’s low-pressure fitness classes. No matter what a senior’s physical abilities, there is something at Planet Fitness to fit every workout regime. 

Planet Fitness celebrates seniors by offering free workout day during National Senior Citizens Day. Also, if a senior signs up during this time period, they can receive a year membership for a prepaid fee of $99.00 at participating Planet Fitness location.

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Seniors often turn to a fitness center when they are faced with health issues such as heart problems, poor circulation, high blood pressure, balance problems, bone density degeneration or a variety of other issues. Planet Fitness is geared towards beginners, so even if a senior isn’t in fantastic health, they can still start out slow to reap the physical benefits. They might even want to work with one of the facility’s certified instructors to outline a fitness plan that tailors to their specific health needs and physical requirements. 

After working out, a senior may want to enjoy one of the hydro-massage or massage chairs to soothe their physical aches and pains while relaxing. The PL Black Card membership even lets members receive free haircuts. Planet Fitness is about more than just fitness, it’s also a great place to socialize and make new friends.


  • Planet Fitness is open 24/7. 
  • No wait for machines.
  • The company offers senior membership discounts once a year during National Senior Citizen Day for individuals 60 and above. 
  • The Black Card membership lets you bring a guest every day. 
  • Spacious facility.
  • On the first Monday of every month, Planet Fitness has free pizza night where members can enjoy free unlimited slices of pizza. 
  • No startup fee.


  • No year-round senior discounts.
  • Membership cannot be canceled by email or phone.
  • No childcare available. 

Bottom Line:

Planet Fitness is a great place for seniors to pursue a healthy workout regime. The fitness facility is geared towards novices. Its slow pace and no-pressure approach are ideal for seniors who are just learning about the various machines and exercise options. 

Seniors can opt to purchase one of the two membership plans. The plans are made to fit any budget. The Unlimited $10/month membership offers unlimited use of the many fitness machines, free fitness training, free wifi and a free T-shirt. The Black Card membership is $21.99/month and offers everything that the Unlimited membership provides plus features additional perks. Seniors with a Black Card membership can bring a friend every day, enjoy free haircuts, use hydromassage, tanning beds, spray tanning, massage chairs, body enhancement, and receive half off cooler drinks and a 20 percent off savings on all Reebok products. The Black Card membership can also be used at any Planet Fitness location.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I pay for my membership?

Monthly and annual membership is electronically deducted from your checking account. There is an annual membership fee of $29 for monthly membership members. 

Can I change my plan? 

You can upgrade or downgrade your monthly membership if you have been a member for at least 90 days. 

Can I cancel at any time?

You can cancel your membership at any time. To cancel, you must fill out a form at the front desk or send a certified letter of cancellation to you club.

More Information:

Note: A certified trainer will show members around the gym and offer instructions on the many machines available to users. They can also design an exercise program to fit each member’s specific needs. 

Overview: Planet fitness offers two membership packages. Both membership packages provide unlimited use of all of the training equipment at the facility. 

Package Details: The Unlimited membership plan provides members with unlimited use of all of the machines, free fitness training, a free T-shirt and free wifi for only $10/month. The Black Card membership is $21.99 and provides all of the benefits of the Unlimited membership, plus, members can bring a guest for free, receive free haircuts, use the hydromassage, tanning beds, spray tanning services, massage chairs, and body enhancement services. They can also receive half off cooler drinks and a 20 percent savings on Reebok products. 

Individual Plans: Both the Unlimited and Black Card membership plans are individual plans. However, with the Black Card membership, members are welcome to bring a guest.

Family Price: Planet Fitness has no family plan.

Planet Fitness App: The Planet Fitness app, My Fitness, lets members access their account information, track progress, watch workout videos, shop and look for other Planet Fitness locations. 

Discounts: Once a year, during National Senior Day, Planet Fitness offers half price memberships for individuals ages 60 and over. 

Add-On Services: Planet Fitness has no add-on services. 

Additional Company Details: 

Planet Fitness is a full-service fitness center that is ideal for all ages. It offers two membership plans that can be paid for yearly or monthly. There is an annual membership fee of $29. 

Payment Policies: Monthly and yearly membership dues are deducted electronically from the member’s checking account. 

Cancellation Policy: Members wishing to cancel must fill out a cancellation form and present it to the management at the fitness center. They can also mail the cancellation form via certified mail to the management.

Warranty: None 

Accreditation: Planet Fitness has been an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 07/02/2010. The company maintains an A+ rating. 


Planet Fitness was founded in 1992 by Michael and Marc Grondahl. The two founders purchased a small gym in Dover, Massachusetts and focused on offering low-cost memberships to bring in revenue. Chris Rondeaux eventually became acting CEO. In 2003, Planet Fitness expanded into Florida by opening its first franchise store. Now, Planet Fitness has over 1,400 locations across the United States. 


Planet Fitness
30801 US Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34684-4405
Tel: 727-786-1915

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.


I find that planet fitness is a clean and open gym. While they don't have much for weights and seem to specialize in machines, I enjoy their friendly staff. They have a wide variety of treadmills and exercise bikes (


Do you honor renew active through aarp for membership

Jeff Whitlock

The researcher, Kimberly Sharpe, did not do a very "in-depth" review. Otherwise she would have known that many medicare supplement plans with the "silver and fit" option will pay for the membership. Until recently, that was the "black card" level. Planet fitness will now label the membership to "silver and fit" which only allows access to your "home" club - the one you sign up at. A definite downgrade for seniors that travel.

T Douglas

Planet fitness is not aware of it

Kris S.

If not now, when?

For myself
70 Years
279 Daniels street Apt279

sounds to good too be true