I live in Bridgeport , Connecticut, where the nearest gyms for me are Planet Fitness located at 25 Lindeman Dr # 2A,Trumbull, CT 06611 in a nice building where you can find also a chiropractic clinic and not too far away a tennis club, so I think it’s a good environment to be in shape. The second place to exercise would be Gold’s Gym located at 31 Bernard Road in North Haven.
The first time I walked in The Planet Fitness Club, I noticed some “Before and After” pictures of people who have lost a large amount of weight and I liked it, because they weren’t hired actors or Photoshop pictures, they we’re actually real people who set themselves a goal and achieve it, so I said to myself if they can make it so can I
The Planet Fitness Club is a comfy and pleasant place to exercise at ridiculously low prices, and please don’t get it twisted, just because the membership is affordable doesn’t mean they are not well equipped, because it is be the complete opposite. The average Planet Fitness membership is only $15.00/ Month while in another gyms it is $ 40.00.So as you can see, it’s very affordable for everyone especially students who don’t have a lot of income. The basic package is $10 per month, with a one-time $59 start-up fee. The membership also is month-to-month so if you move or decide to switch gyms, you’re not locked into paying-off 12-month contract. The Planet Fitness Black Card option is $19.99 and doesn’t have a start-up fee. However, it DOES require a 12 month minimum term, so if you need to cancel your membership, you’re going to have to ante up the balance
Planet Fitness offers you so many advantages that you end up having no excuses to not go exercise. First they have a great staff of certified personal trainers, who are always around so that they can assist you, and they do it gracefully. Secondly they have a “Free Judgment Zone” which is really innovative because personally I never saw it in other gym .The “Free Judgment Zone” is a philosophy, which means members can relax, get in shape, and have fun without being subjected to the hard-core, look-at-me attitude that exists in too many gyms. Another characteristic that I really enjoy is the fact that they are so hygienic in every aspect, bathroom, equipment, staff, members, ECT..; They even have antiseptic spray so you can clean your sweat on the machine after work out (a good way to educate the members).
Now let’s talk about one of the most important aspects of the Planet Fitness Club which is the machines. What can I Say besides I like it. But it’s not going to be necessarily the case for everyone. I like it because they have a lot of variety of cardio machines, for instance elliptical, treadmill, step masters, recumbent bikes. The machines look like new, they are in good shapes. However if you’re looking to be the next Hulk, Planet Fitness is really not for you since the franchise purposely limits the amount of weight available on these machines. The point here is to dishearten heavy lifters from joining the gym equipments.
Planet Fitness also offers a light-weight 30 minute circuit workout. This consists of a series of stations with lever-and-pulley machines for each major muscle group. A green light tells you to start performing the exercise, and a red light tells you when to stop and switch machines. This is actually not a bad approach for beginners.
The second gym that I’ll introduce you it’s the Gold’s Gym that I think most people are familiar with since they claim to be the largest chain of co-ed gyms in the world. However I’m going to talk about the one that is located at 31 Bernard Road in North Haven, CT 06473.This Gold’s Gym Club offers a membership of $ 35.00 a month .Usually Gold’s Gym offers a lot variety of classes at the contrary of Planet Fitness, however in this location, only spinning classes and Boxing will be available starting next week.
I must say that Gold’s Gym is one the most well equipped gym that I ever seen and you’re really into fitness I would recommend it to you 100 %, Gold’s is intended for the real bodybuilders and athletes, and they also have a great staff, that would help you achieve your goals.
What can you expect for the Gold’s Gym? Well they have over 75 Pieces of Cardio Equipment, Free Weights ( “3” Complete Dumbell Racks 5lbs-200lbs & Over 50,000lbs of York Plates), Over 150 Resistance Machines, Hex Tanning Equipment ,Apex Nutrition Counseling & Supplements. However to be honest I quite prefer the atmosphere in Planet Fitness rather than the one that, some people like myself would find it quite intimidating, that’s actually one of the reason I didn’t stay in it.
A lot of people would not care about the interior Desingn but I do. I must say that none of Planet Fitness or Gold’s Gym has great design. The first one is purple and yellow and the second one is yellow and red .They both have TV so you can watch it while working out but for Planet Fitness change his Television for Flat Screen TV just two (2) or three (3) months ago , so for commodities I would give a plus to Fitness.
As a conclusion, I would like to mention there is also Gym named Curves even closest to me but I never went there because it’s only for women, I think the concept is quite original but I think after a while I could get bored ,but if you’re interested it’s located in 4600 Main Street (almost across Stop &Shop) in Bridgeport , Ct. Hopefully this article will help you make your choice