Part 1 was here. Part 2 – Jeff wrote:
Today while at Planet Fitness, I was approached by a staff member and asked to stop doing deadlifts. I asked for a reason for this and was told that corporate no longer allowed people to do this.
I know the motif of Planet Fitness, the “Lunk” alarm and such, but BANNING the deadlift?? I emailed them and asked for clarification as to why, and was given the answer: “The deadlift does not fit our “general fitness model”. Most of our gym members are first time gym users, thus we are geared toward the first time gym user.”
What kind of bullshit is this?? They are geared toward the first time gym user, yet they are banning one of the most beneficial exercise and strengthening exercises known to man??? This is absurd, and thought I would just run this by you.
I am still emailing their corporate office to fight this, because this is literally insane. Do they want us to just run on the treadmills or do pointless bicep curls? I think they should ban bicep curls!! What is next, banning squats?? Do they only let us do exercises which they permit us to do? Just letting you know, and maybe you could spread the word to other Planet Fitness members to join in on this.
Their thinking is that Deadlifts are intimidating to the gym bunnies, curl monkeys and captain upperbodies working out there. Or how to perpetuate stereotypes. Anyone who has followed the training logs of StrongLifts Members Deadlifting 600lb like Jake, Norman, Greg, or Jim knows that these guys are anything but bullies – they’re friendly, humble, and always willing to share advice.
And yet, I too felt intimidated by the huge guys lifting big weights and grunting when I joined the gym at age 18, weighing a skinny-fat 132lb at 5’8″. Maybe you’ve also felt that way once. Easy to forget what you were like hundreds of pounds on the bar later, but you can’t ignore it’s how many beginners feel.
This isn’t in defense of Planet Fitness – they should be educating their clients instead of forbidding weight dropping and grunting. Then again, I don’t think they care about you actually achieving something. Seems they prefer you to just pump those arms, work the treadmill and pay your fee. Frankly, you shouldn’t have joined that gym in the first place – StrongLifters don’t belong there.
I wouldn’t waste my time with their dumb corporate office trying to change their rules. Every second invested in this is a second wasted on what you should be doing – training. Just sell your 1y subscription, tell all your friends not to join Planet Fitness unless they just want to “workout”, and find a REAL gym where you are more likely to meet strong guys who you can learn from.
Or just invest in a home gym. I’m happy I got kicked out of the gym where I trained for 5 years when the new management decided they no longer wanted the “hardcore crowd”. Training at home will not only save you a lot of money, you’ll NEVER have to deal with this kind of crap in your life ever again.