Checking out the new Planet Fitness Medford

Ugh… we just got 18 more inches of snow on top of 23 inches of snow with little chance of weather going above freezing any time soon.  Needless to  say, running outside is probably going to be out of the picture for quite a while.  And while I love beyond love my gym, but it’s sadly in Boston and chances are pretty minimal of me making it there on weekends. At the same time, Tony been looking for a new gym as well so I went with him to scoop out with the new Planet Fitness had to offer.

Another lifetime ago, I used to live near a planet fitness that opened up in porter square. It was nice for about half a year, before it turned into disrepair and I think is now shut down.  Since the Medford location is brand new, we decided to join.  He got the black card membership that’s $20 a month plus a hidden annual fee of $39 plus who knows what taxes a year. We decided to do that one, versus the regular $10 a month. The fancier membership allows you A. visit any club and B. bring a buddy called Liana to a club. Since I probably wouldn’t ever go on my own (I prefer working out near my work versus near my home), it seemed like a great chance for me to still have opportunities to go to the gym with Tony on weekends.

The location is pretty clean and nice. We went on a Saturday early afternoon and the location was probably about 30% full. Not too bad for a cold winter stay. The walk in areas were fairly slick looking. I tried to take pictures where I could. I didn’t want to photograph random people and weird them out, so I skipped photos on some areas.

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Clean and minimal carpeting!

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The locker room is a little industrial designed but I liked it. Only thing I noticed was that there are only 4 shower stalls in the locker room.  The other thing that I quickly released was for $10 a month, you don’t get a towel service so I think most people just take their stinky butts back to their car and shower at home. So maybe 4 shower stalls is not an issue here.

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Cardio.. cardio.. cardio… I asked the membership girl that gave me a tour, how many treadmills are in the gym.  She wasn’t sure, but told me they have over 100 cardio machines, with no wait time, sign on sheets, or time limits at peak time.

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I tested the treadmill out on an 8 mile run and am sad to report that like most gyms, the treadmills reset at 60 minutes. WHY!!! Some of us got long running to dooo.  Otherwise, while I am not a fan of so much purple, the machine was sturdy and incline seemed pretty well matched p. Only thing I wasn’t sue if they have or if I missed is one of those quick drop speeds where say you want to drop down to a walking pace (4MPH) quickly, I had to press the speed down.  The other thing, unless fancier gyms, the treadmills don’t have TVs, but instead have a plug that you can use to listen to one of the 8 TVs or so up at the front. Since I watch mostly shows from my own cell phone it wasn’t an issue. And they do have wi-fi but I had trouble getting a steady streaming space so I switched to data.

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One thing I noticed that compared to my personal gym, they have a ton of machines, I didn’t get a close look to tell if they’re just repeats of the same machine, or they’re all different. From what I could see, there was no shortage of weight machines to exercise whatever you want. I believe they have free weights too, but I’m not sure how well the space available is if the gym is packed.

They also have an ab section with ab machines and a stretching area. Although, I have to confess, I thought the stretching, mat area was kinda tiny, about 8 people max, but I’m not sure how many PF members actually use that area as it was empty when I went post run.

Additionally they have a 30 minute workout, that features a circuit with weight machines and some steps to integrate cardio. Tony liked it, but he skipped the steps.

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One thing I didn’t really care was the tanning area available for black card members.  They have rooms with standing and laying tanning beds.  Muscles sexy, skin cancer? Not so much… but to each its own.

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Tony completed his workout with one of these water massage beds something or other. People look pretty cozy on it.

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I personally preferred to end my day with one of these massage chairs instead.  The back massage felt really nice!

Overall, not a bad option if you’re close by and want a place for indoor cardio from the 10 feet of snow we’re slowly collecting. I’m still sticking to healthworks as I love everything about it, but being able to be Tony’s guest on weekends will still be useful.


12 thoughts on “Checking out the new Planet Fitness Medford”

  1. Thank you so much for this review! I have wanted to join PF for awhile for the treadmills. My husband’s convinced it’s not a “real” gym because there are no squat racks and there’s a lunk alarm. I’ve tried to ask people about things like this bc I was scared the treadmills went up to a max speed or something bc of all I have read online (that they don’t really cater to “healthy” people). I think a lot of that is just coming from bro sites, though.

    I am a member of another gym where I do classes. To me $10 a month (I would opt out of the tanning and massage bed) to make sure I get all my runs in during the summer when it’s 100 degrees here seems like a steal. I think PF is really great for anyone dealing with weather issues, much better to run on a treadmill there and be safe.

    1. They do have some terrible promos like free pizza and bagels that are counter intuitive to working out, but people should just use their own personal judgement.

      Your gym with classes sounds like such a killer deal!

      1. Yeah, I know about those but I don’t see why people get so upset about it. Members do not have to eat those things if they choose not to. I really wouldn’t mind if they had a free bagel I could grab on the way out to work ;). I don’t care for tanning beds because that really is damaging to your health, but I just wouldn’t use those (plus I’d question how clean they were if people were getting in there after working out, yuck).

  2. Great review! I’d consider a PF if there was one near me. Right now I have a fitness room with basic TM at my apartment complex, but if we buy a condo like we hope, I won’t have that anymore. Plus, a personal TM in a condo when you have neighbors below isn’t a great idea. Either I’ll need to get an elliptical at home or find a nearby gym.

  3. As a former PF member, while the Malden location was just fine (minus having to drive out there), the downtown Boston location was the WORST. Everything was broken all the time and there was always a line. Stick to the suburbs and you’ll be all good 🙂

  4. Great review! I’ve been a member of the Waltham PF for a year. It’s a great value for $10. I wish I could get the massages!! Yes, I am with you on on the tanning beds- RIDICULOUS! I shake my head every time I walk by the area. I really have noticed anyone use them though.

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