I’m in Michigan, and I’m staying for a few weeks. I’m able to work remotely, so I’m staying with my parents in my childhood home, and I turned their kitchen table into a temporary office. The other day, I addressed a need I have when I travel: the need to exercise. So… I joined a gym.
I’ve worked out in a few places during past visits to the Detroit suburbs, but my go-to gym was Planet 19, where I could buy a week-long pass for $25. Not anymore. A new gym has opened since the last time I visited: Planet Fitness. And they have a promotion for their Detroit-area gyms, where you can join for $1 down and $10 per month. (Hurry, it ends on July 14!) So I’ll pay $11 for all the workouts I want, and I’ll quit before I head back to LA. That’s a great deal!
It’s a big gym, and in a space that brings back lots of memories. They rented a storefront that was a hardware store when I was a kid, and I used to go there with my dad all the time. I used to love that there was a big staircase in the middle of the store, leading to the basement. I had never been to a store before that had more merchandise in the basement. That sort of thing was very cool for the five-year-old version of me. The staircase is still there, updated with Planet Fitness colors and decor, but now it connects the cardio machines (ground floor) with all the strength machines (basement).
This is actually the second Planet Fitness I’ve joined in the past three months. A brand-new Planet Fitness opened a couple miles from my home in Los Angeles in March, and they had a grand opening promotion that’s exactly like the one I took advantage of here: $1 down, $10 per month. So I signed up. I hadn’t blogged about it yet, because I didn’t know if I was going to quit my old gym, keep both memberships, or just try out Planet Fitness and quit if I didn’t like it or use it. I still don’t know what I’m going to do – but that situation is on the backburner for now anyway, since I’m spending a whole month out of town.
Planet Fitness has all the standard cardio machines, including Arc Trainers, which are my second-favorite machine, after my Bowflex MAX Trainer, and it has all the standard strength machines, too. What I really like is their PF 30-Minute Express Circuit, where, if you push yourself, you can get a good full-body workout in half an hour. It’s in a separate room, off to the side, and you alternate between various strength machines and step aerobics. There are 20 stations, and you do each one for 1 minute, with 30 seconds rest in between. You know when to start and stop because there’s a stoplight on the wall keeping time for you. I’ve done it a few times in LA, and again the other morning here in Michigan, and I’ll probably do it again in a few days.
In addition to the 30-minute workout, I’ve done a couple cardio workouts already as well. My first workout there was on an Arc Trainer. Then, on Sunday morning, I spent 30 minutes running on the treadmill, and then 30 minutes on a bike – time that flew by because I was riveted by back-to-back episodes of the HGTV show “Flip or Flop,” which was on one of the gym TVs. I usually don’t like running on treadmills. I prefer to run outside. But it’s been ridiculously humid here, so the treadmill was the way to go.
I’m heading back to Planet Fitness tomorrow before work. I haven’t figured out what I’m doing yet… but I’ll share on social media afterward! (Links below.)
Keep it up, David!