Health & Fitness: Planet Fitness

Thousands of East Enders ushered in the New Year a mere three weeks ago, and, though the official stats have yet to be released, it’s projected that 70% of people who vowed to get into shape have succumbed to their vices and let Giants QB Eli Manning do all the physical work while they sit, comatose, in front of the television and nosh on nachos. An extreme scenario? Or a completely valid prediction? The point is, to a lot of people, a sedentary lifestyle, particularly in the winter, seems to be the easiest route to take. False. Enter Riverhead’s Planet Fitness.

Planet Fitness has built its reputation on being an affordable, state-of-the-art, no-nonsense chain of gyms that encourages people of all fitness levels to reach their athletic goals. Its hallmark Judgement Free Zone philosophy allows members to comfortably work out at their own pace. The intimidation factor is simply non-existent, though there are plenty of opportunities for members to challenge themselves to exercise harder and smarter.

All gym memberships include free Unlimited Fitness Training, which is Planet Fitness’ version of personal training. Classes are limited to five people, and the trainer gets a feel for people’s specific needs and injuries to tailor a personal workout regimen that allows all participants to realize their potential.

One of the most appealing aspects of the gym is that it’s just that: A gym. There are no salespeople or extra juice bars that ultimately only serve to drive up the cost of membership and distract patrons from working out. However, this is not to say that Planet Fitness has eliminated the fun factor. The facility is full of energetic, friendly people who are happy because they’re working toward a healthy goal at a clean and stylish facility. Members also bond at the free pizza nights on the first Monday of every month, and free bagel breakfast on the second Tuesday of the month.

Wedding Crashers said it best: “No Excuses. Play like a champion.” And go to Planet Fitness.

Planet Fitness is located at 116 Kroemer Ave, Riverhead.
Open Mon. – Fri. 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., Weekends 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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