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    Planet Fitness Removes Squat Racks for Being Intimidating. WTF?

    Did anyone see this?
    America a bunch of Pvssies?
    Planet Fitness regularly touts how it’s not like all the other gyms and encourages soft people to indulge in its purple haze of mediocrity. And now they’re taking it one step further: Getting rid of squat racks for being “intimidating.”
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    Redditor Kalerad posted his problem with Planet Fitness’s overly all-inclusive philosophy on the site’s Fitness subsection.
    “I walked in noticing the outline of dust on the floor where the squat rack once stood. I was heartbroken. Especially since I had just recently found a love for squatting.
    “I of course had to ask an employee “WTF?” He regretfully told me that a few days prior corporate came in and removed it because ‘a customer complained that it was intimidating.’”
    The move is one of many — along with offering free pizza and bagels and tanning beds — to lure in the casual gym goer who might be turned off by gyms being a little too “fitness oriented.”
    Either way, if you want to do serious workouts at any point in your life, make sure to avoid Planet Fitness. And if you’re the type of person who’s intimidated by a series of metal rods that make people stronger and healthier, we’re probably all better off if you remove yourself from society’s gene pool.
    PS Planet Fitness also hates hot women. Burn them down.

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    I see bulletin boards on the freeway....
    ....isn't this the $10/month place?

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    and maybe they should get rid of those pesky weight benches.......

    ..........by doing so, that should open up enough room for a few tables so they can serve beer and pizza?

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    That's the place that has pizza Thursday and margarita Friday. What do you expect.

    Its all good. The more pussies and fat slobs out there the better I look. LoL
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    This is them. Marcus shouldn't yell so much at that girl.


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    A friend of mine who is working on her pro card as a bikini competitor works out at one. I was in between gyms at the time and went there with her to "try it out". Smith machine city. Not one rack or barbell bench. Dumbbells went up to 75. But the worst part was the atmosphere.

    We traveled together once and worked out at a different one. This one at least has a barbell bench.

    They're cool with me though. They keep the slackers off the equipment at my gym.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovbyts View Post
    That's the place that has pizza Thursday and margarita Friday. What do you expect.

    Its all good. The more pussies and fat slobs out there the better I look. LoL
    I've been noting you have been hanging out at Walmart more here lately........
    ..........and now I know why! =)
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    It's about marketing, not about "real" fitness

    I have to say, it is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen.

    But, the fact is they are making serious $


    And the question is; are people this stupid? We know the answer since pf is making bank


    People are so dumb when it even comes to the terms like diet & fitness

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    which sort of members do they make more money from?

    1: serious lifters who take up their floor space 5-7 times a week.

    2: people with new year resolution who pays the whole year membership but never turn up more than twice
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    You charge that little there is less fall out. Those are the people they are looking for not gym rats.


    Should I cancel since I am not going right now........Nah its only 10 bucks and I will start going again down the road

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    I don't even like driving by that gym.
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    I had no choice of gyms the other night so I went to a snap fitness next to my hotel . I noticed none of the cable machines had the weight marked just numbered 1-10 so out of curiosity I asked the "manager" and she told me it was not a competition here so we don't care how much weight people lift.
    Then she proceeded to explain that they don't want an intimidating workout environment for people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diesel101 View Post
    I had no choice of gyms the other night so I went to a snap fitness next to my hotel . I noticed none of the cable machines had the weight marked just numbered 1-10 so out of curiosity I asked the "manager" and she told me it was not a competition here so we don't care how much weight people lift.
    Then she proceeded to explain that they don't want an intimidating workout environment for people.
    Please pick up your participation award as you leave. Again wtf? That's the most asinine thing I've heard. Then why have weights at all.

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    There are a lot of "fitness centers" removing racks. It's a major liability that many don't want the hassle of having.

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    Fitness in "our" society is becoming more & more of a joke


    The only positive I see from this myself, is that now everyone thinks I am pro bodybuilder. I say WTF are they talking about. . . . . But, look at the average middle aged guy.


    The US is the first one & looks fairly accurate. Which makes me something close to a super hero. I'll stay on sauce for life before I resemble that guy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by diesel101 View Post
    I had no choice of gyms the other night so I went to a snap fitness next to my hotel . I noticed none of the cable machines had the weight marked just numbered 1-10 so out of curiosity I asked the "manager" and she told me it was not a competition here so we don't care how much weight people lift.
    Then she proceeded to explain that they don't want an intimidating workout environment for people.
    Good to know. Only have a choice of this and a Gold's in my new home. Not found a independent gym yet but will see once I am there.

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    I uses to have an app called GymFinder when I traveled. Pretty basic, but I was able to locate Gold's and a couple dungeons. Very helpful.

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    I find it hilarious that I can be an easy 15 pounds over weight and still be the best built guy down at the pool we go to.

    Planet fitness is great for treadmills, ellipticals and for picking up chicks. I assume...never been .

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    Quote Originally Posted by < <Samson> > View Post
    Fitness in "our" society is becoming more & more of a joke


    The only positive I see from this myself, is that now everyone thinks I am pro bodybuilder. I say WTF are they talking about. . . . . But, look at the average middle aged guy.


    The US is the first one & looks fairly accurate. Which makes me something close to a super hero. I'll stay on sauce for life before I resemble that guy.


    I looked like that guy 26 months ago probably worse actually

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett N View Post
    I find it hilarious that I can be an easy 15 pounds over weight and still be the best built guy down at the pool we go to.

    Planet fitness is great for treadmills, ellipticals and for picking up chicks. I assume...never been .
    If you like the fat fat fatties!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black

    If you like the fat fat fatties!
    They're like a moped. A blast to ride, you just don't want your friends to see you on it.

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    I like pizza. Srs.

    Thinking about joining. I never cared for squats anyways.

    And I like pizza

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    That's all we ever need are slim fast shakes, p90x & a membership & PF


    Uggggh, the shit that media feeds us.


    Feeding straight crap to the masses to make a buck. That's business I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by < <Samson> > View Post
    That's all we ever need are slim fast shakes, p90x & a membership & PF


    Uggggh, the shit that media feeds us.


    Feeding straight crap to the masses to make a buck. That's business I guess
    I'm a teacher. Teachers are fat. Currently half of them at my school are on some stupid diet(for the 10th time) and the other half have a PF membership. None of them look any different. A couple of them were asking me questions yesterday. Their eyes glazed over and lost interest when I suggested they google weightlifting routines for women. Not interested.

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    Same exact shit here

    Random people always ask me weight loss BS. When I start talking, it's like talking into dead space. I just get blank stares - wtf do they expect me to say? Oh yes, some Dr Ozz BS. Eat some joo joo beans and you will lose 5 pounds a day.


    Srsly, if you come across a person who lives in the semi close vicinity of a real gym, yet goes to PF - stop talking & walk away. There is nothing you will pass to someone who goes to a gym with a design following Barney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty11 View Post
    I'm a teacher. Teachers are fat. Currently half of them at my school are on some stupid diet(for the 10th time) and the other half have a PF membership. None of them look any different. A couple of them were asking me questions yesterday. Their eyes glazed over and lost interest when I suggested they google weightlifting routines for women. Not interested.

    Too much effort involved. If only there was a magic pill.

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    Maybe they should ban weight lifters too?

    Wouldn't want to intimidate the casual gym participant, now would we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Times Roman View Post
    Maybe they should ban weight lifters too?

    Wouldn't want to intimidate the casual gym participant, now would we?


    I think they kind of did that with the fact there are no free weights and there is a lunk alarm


    The funny part is, this BS does work. I remember myself being the typical pile of crap when I started to lose weight at LA Fitness. I looked at the weight area as the dungeon testosterone room. It looked scary and intimidating - specially at the LA Fitness that I was going to, since it had all machined metal weights and quite a few decent sized guys and girls working out most of the time. I remember talking to a few girls in there, thinking WTF they're bigger than me.

    It wasn't until I walked in there with my coworker who was a gym monster that I felt somewhat safe & it no longer looked so intimidating. From that point on I started lifting real free weights. And I realized it just doesn't matter what size or strength you are.


    But, this is still a fact - guys and females even more, are intimidated by heavy looking weights and machines and people just don't know where to start.

    Yet, with this bull shit purple Barney approach they hit the intimidated gym goer.


    I went once to a PF with one of my friends. He's someone that I can't even talk fitness to. Asks me every time, "how am I lookin" - I try to be nice, sorta. Yet, he looks exactly the same as he did before ever joining.

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    How can people get intimidated by a movement? Jealousy?

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    People are intimidated but the ignorance. They think that all fit people are like that bully in school. They just don't realize that lifters help support others and are more than willing to share their knowledge if someone approaches with a serious intent of learning.

    All I can say is don't feed into their stereotype and try to be the excellent person on the inside that you are striving to be on the outside. Break down the barriers, and sometimes you have to be a little harsh to let people know that their workout is actually worthless. I have my wife on a weight lifting regime after years of her killing herself on P90X. But, I had to prove that my body was improvinb by lifting first.

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    Next they will all be doing beginner cross fit with their stupid ass kip pull-ups while they hold each others nuts.

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    Lunk don't care he don't do legs anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by songdog View Post
    Lunk don't care he don't do legs anyway
    hahahaha. Leg day skipper!
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