Everything You Need to Know About Planet Fitness Fees, Including How to Cancel Your Membership

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You might have joined the gym to drop some weight, but there’s a good chance that the only thing you’re losing is hundreds or thousands of dollars a year in pricey membership fees. The average gym membership costs $50 a month, according to CNN, and luxury gyms like Equinox run nearly $300 a month. Sure, the perks can be nice, but are they really worth it if you’re on a budget?

Enter Planet Fitness. This massive gym chain – there are 1,500 locations worldwide — offers ultra-cheap, no-commitment membership that start at just $10 a month. Designed specifically to appeal to casual gym-goers and with a strict “no lunks” policy (don’t even think about grunting or dropping weights here), Planet Fitness has taken off in a big way.

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The promise of $10-a-month gym membership definitely sounds enticing. But your inner skeptic is probably wondering if this deal is really as good as it seems.

Well, the $10 monthly memberships are definitely for real, though there are a few things to be aware of before you sign up. Here’s what you’ll pay to join a Planet Fitness gym.

  • $10 a month gets you a Classic membership. At some locations, this option is no-commitment, meaning you can cancel at any time. At other locations, a 12-month commitment is required.
  • Some locations offer a $15-a-month, no-commitment membership.
  • $21.99 month gets you a Black Card membership. There may or may not be a 12-month commitment, depending on the location.

Since most Planet Fitness clubs are owned by franchisees, signup fees vary. They can be as low as $1 if a promotion is on, but may be as high as $49.

The annual membership fee is $39 a year.

Even once you account for the annual fee and signup fee, the Planet Fitness is affordable. If you choose a $10 membership, pay a $29 sign-up fee and a $39 annual fee, your first-year cost is $188 – just $15.66 per month.

What you get with your Planet Fitness membership

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The $10 and $15 memberships are bare bones. You get access to your home club, plus free fitness training. That’s it.

Upgrading to the Black Card membership comes with a few more perks. You can use your membership at any Planet Fitness location, for one, and are allowed to bring a guest for free. You also can take advantage of the gym’s HydroMassage chairs and tanning beds, and you get discounts on drinks and Reebok products.

All Planet Fitness locations also have a free pizza night on the first Monday of every month, and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month.

How to cancel your Planet Fitness membership

Canceling any gym membership can be a pain, with most gyms requiring you to jump through at least a few hoops to get out paying for a membership you no longer want or use, though Planet Fitness promises to make the process easy.

To cancel your Planet Fitness membership, you can fill out a form at your home club or send a letter via certified mail to your club requesting that your membership be canceled. You can’t cancel via email or over the phone.

Is there a cancellation fee? That depends. “Nominal cancellation fees may apply depending on which membership someone chooses, although Planet Fitness always offers a no-commitment membership option,” according to Planet Fitness spokesperson McCall Gosselin.

Is Planet Fitness right for me?

Planet Fitness isn’t the right gym for everyone, and it doesn’t pretend to be. If you’re a workout novice, on a strict budget, or just someone looking for a cheap, no-frills gym, it could be the perfect fit. Plus, according to SmartAsset, it’s one of the best gyms for your wallet.

But if you want amenities like childcare, yoga or spin classes, or a pool, you’d be better off somewhere else. And if you’re into lifting, Planet Fitness definitely isn’t the location for you. There are no heavy free weights – dumbbells only go up to 80 pounds — and the ban on “meathead” behavior mean that some bodybuilders say they don’t feel welcome there

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