In 1993, the Grondahl brothers hired Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness’ current CEO, to work the front desk. Rondeau and the Grondahls recognized that there was a greater opportunity to serve a much larger segment of the population if they changed the gym environment, both in attitude and format, by creating a non-intimidating, low-cost model.[5] Planet Fitness then became known as the "Judgement Free Zone," aimed more at the average user than the bodybuilder type of fitness enthusiast.[6] As early as March 2015, the "Judgement Free Zone" policy has been expanded to allow trans women to use the women's locker room. The policy states that "members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity."[7]
In December 2013, Anytime Fitness purchased a 38-acre site in Woodbury, Minnesota to build new company headquarters.[22] Roark Capital Group acquired a large minority share in Anytime Fitness in March 2014.[9] Erik Morris and Steve Romaniello, two directors from Roark, joined the board at Anytime Fitness after the acquisition.[23] Mortensen and Runyon remained the company's primary holders and continued to run the business.
Even during the sign up process, when she signed me up, there was No Hello, No smile, No eye contact, it was Basically a " sign this and yeah, go ahead"..... I didn't need a jump up for joy response but a "Hello" or "Welcome to the gym" would provide a sense of professionalism. I've seen maybe 1 or 2 members of the staff that greet their patrons, I'm sure there are some Good staff members but not from what I seen.
Chuck Runyon, Dave Mortensen, and Jeff Klinger first met in the early 1990s while working for a fitness club in St. Paul, Minnesota.[7] In 1995, they jointly purchased and ran Southview Athletic Club for seven years. During their ownership of the club, its membership rose from 500 to 4000. They sold the gym in 2001. During their ownership of Southview Athletic Club, they worked for a consulting firm focused on improving under-performing athletic clubs across the United States. They developed the idea for Anytime Fitness after surveying the expectations that long-term members of large gyms had for their fitness clubs.[7][8]
As of 2018, Anytime Fitness had over 4,200 gym locations and 3 million clients in more than 32 countries.[27][29] Each location is open 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year.[23][30] Members have secure access to all facilities (including during unstaffed hours) with a computerized key fob.[31] There are gym locations in all 50 US states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, India, Italy, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.[30][32] In 2016, the company had 188 employees, but its new Woodbury office can hold up to 300.[33] Each club has a security system in place that contains cameras, recorded card swipes, and the ability to notify a security company if a patron is injured or feels unsafe. ProVision Security, an Anytime Fitness-related company, provides security.[7][8]
Starting May 15th and running through Sept. 1st, teens ages 15-18 can work out TOTALLY FREE.   No catches, no commitments.  Come in and use tons of cardio and strength equipment on your own, or sign up for our free fitness training classes.  Plus, enter for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes!  Visit any Planet Fitness on or after May 15th to sign up for your free summer membership.  Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at sign up.  More information available here.
The first franchise location opened in Cambridge, Minnesota later that year.[8] They chose the site because of the lack of other fitness clubs in the immediate area and a population large enough to support a fitness club. Shortly after, two more locations were opened by former Southview Athletic Club employees in Duluth and Albert Lea, Minnesota. Runyon, Mortensen and Klinger sold 29 franchises before they opened their own corporate-owned location in Bemidji, Minnesota.[7]
Starting May 15th and running through Sept. 1st, teens ages 15-18 can work out TOTALLY FREE.   No catches, no commitments.  Come in and use tons of cardio and strength equipment on your own, or sign up for our free fitness training classes.  Plus, enter for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes!  Visit any Planet Fitness on or after May 15th to sign up for your free summer membership.  Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at sign up.  More information available here.
 I was diagnosed with autism when I was 7 years old and I have been bullied badly, even out in public. So when I got my membership in March of 2013 I was scared of getting bullied. Been going since then and NOT ONCE have I gotten picked on. The staff doesn’t care. They watch out for me. They greet me with my first name. ‘Hi Jacob, how are you?’ I feel safe and I feel independent. I put on muscle. I LOVE Planet Fitness. 

Established in 1996, this company operates from France is an expert market player in the fitness industry. They offer services to the education group and have a small team of members who are efficient providers of training and education. They also have tie ups with health clubs and more than 1000 clubs rely on them for the high quality equipment they offer. They believe in 100% customer satisfaction.

I was diagnosed with autism when I was 7 years old and I have been bullied badly, even out in public. So when I got my membership in March of 2013 I was scared of getting bullied. Been going since then and NOT ONCE have I gotten picked on. The staff doesn’t care. They watch out for me. They greet me with my first name. ‘Hi Jacob, how are you?’ I feel safe and I feel independent. I put on muscle. I LOVE Planet Fitness.
The day I walked into Planet Fitness I weighed 315 pounds. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I wanted to do something about it. Joining Planet Fitness may have saved my life. Since the first day I walked into Planet Fitness and started doing a workout program, I’ve lost 50lbs and have dropped several clothes sizes! I feel great. Everyone who sees me now tells me how good I look. All I can say to Planet Fitness is thank you for a great place to work out!
Founded in 1996 and located in France since 2000 by Christophe Andanson, former Olympic wrestler, Planet Fitness has taken a market leading position in the fitness, industry for education and training in Personal and Small Group Training Markets, as well as supplying the market leading equipment. Planet Fitness specialized in clothing, accessories, shoes, equipment, education & fitness training which is already active in all European countries and Africa. Planet Fitness has designed its programs, education, and training, by working with the best educators and sports training specialists, and collaborating with leading international brands such as LesMills, Reebok, TRX, HBX, ViPR, Rocktape, Bodybike, Stott Pilates & Trigger Point. You can get Planet Fitness outlet clothes up to 50% OFF, and equipment sales save up to €100. You can also receive free shipping when orders over 50 €. Besides, sign up at Planet Fitness, you will receive latest news and updates direct to your inbox.
As of 2018, Anytime Fitness had over 4,200 gym locations and 3 million clients in more than 32 countries.[27][29] Each location is open 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year.[23][30] Members have secure access to all facilities (including during unstaffed hours) with a computerized key fob.[31] There are gym locations in all 50 US states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, India, Italy, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.[30][32] In 2016, the company had 188 employees, but its new Woodbury office can hold up to 300.[33] Each club has a security system in place that contains cameras, recorded card swipes, and the ability to notify a security company if a patron is injured or feels unsafe. ProVision Security, an Anytime Fitness-related company, provides security.[7][8]
At my home Planet Fitness, I have had no issues.  However coming here, I experienced feeling uncomfortable.  I just started to use a machine and someone asks me if I am using it...of course I am?!  He then proceeds to stand within 2 feet of the machine with his arms crossed, legs apart, staring.  Unwilling to be "gymtimidated" (though maybe in the past I would have been intimidated to stop), I finished my 3 sets.  The issue with this is that I brought this up to the staff and the staff looked at me with annoyance, denied that was "gymtimidation," and turned away to ignore me.  The phone then rang and he looked away toward the ceiling averting my gaze.
Runyon, Mortensen, and Klinger founded Anytime Fitness in 2002.[9] Eric Keller, a former employee of Southview Athletic Club was interested in their business concept and agreed to become the first franchise owner of Anytime Fitness. They provided Keller with support in choosing a site location, marketing strategies, equipment selection, and membership sales.[7]
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