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.

 

Attack of the DOMS

Take a second and vote me for me for theB Team RefuelB running grant. B Based on my stalking I have about 3 people ahead of me so I could use the help!

If you haven’t noticed I’ve been fairly quiet this week. B No, I didn’t actually get a life… but I haven’t been doing much running either. B I’m trying to take it easy and relax a bit. B My next marathon is in September (if I figure out how to get myself to Canadia) and I might be eyeballing another attempt at a 50K before that (TARC Summer Classic). B However, I want the situation in Lefty to heal so I’m being gentle with it aside from the two halfsies I got going this month.

It’s okay, less time running means more time doing things like this:

Also this will be the last month you will see those floors. I know you’ll miss them. B I sold my life and dreams away and brought a house. B We’re moving in June. B Who knows maybe my blog will go from running to remodeling old Victorian homes. B Just thinking about being a home owner is making me sweat buckets.

Anyways back to the exciting world of sweating from the small stuff in life…

I was sore Monday so I took it easy with 6 miles at incline 2 on the treadmill. B My quads burned from the hills on Saturday but after a mile or 3 I loosened up and wrapped up the run in 52 minutes.

Tuesday I went for theB ellipticalB as part of my cross training plan. B 10.5 miles, an episode of Once Upon A Time and I was done.

After work since I failed to go drown (or try swimming) since joining the Y, I decided to try a class instead. B There was a 6:30 body sculpt class. B My modesty clearly has not returned since Saturday because I felt pretty cool. B I jumped, IB squatted, I lunged, I planked my little heart out and I felt so cool. B Unlike going to a class at Equinox or BSC, I was not the least fit person at the Y. B It was a nice change. B Well…

I wake up Wednesday…

Haha and no I did not create this artwork myself. B Google image brought it up when I searched for DOMS- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

Was the class hard? B No, I’d say it was more like Jillian Michael workout video at level 1 with only working one muscle group. B Jillian usually matches an arm workout with a leg one while the class at the Y did one at a time. B Seeing as how I do neither on my own, I think the class setting will help me get some muscle composition back from the 2 years I lost afterB quittingB Boston Sports Clubs gyms.

Wednesday… since the DOMS was not in full attack I wanted to run; however, my treadmill was taken so I used the elliptical for my usual RUNCH… without the run. B Ellipto-unch? Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. B It’s okay, I wanted to watch desperate housewivesB anyways.

Now its Thursday… I had my closing on the house so no time for a RUNCH…. however, when I got home I looked at the weather and I just couldn’t turn back and watch TV… before I knew it I was in a sports bra, running shirt, running skirt and my Asics with a bottle full of water and Nuun. B I wanted to run 10 miles… but I learned what the D in DOMS is. B Delayed.. meaning not today, not tomorrow but sometime like 36 hours… yea… remember those squats? B Remember those sumos? B You thought you were the shizzle? B Guess what? B Those legs are not moving… It hurts to walk… let along run.

So I didn’t make it 10 miles, I did finish 6 very slow ones. B Average pace was a 9:25 mile. B I think the first 2 were at a 10 minute pace. B Nonetheless I feel happy. B I brought a house today and I got my run in.