Nothing like a new gym to get your motivation juices flowing. Everything's new, everything works and everything's clean. That'll keep you coming back for more.
Last week I and a group of South Florida bloggers got to check out a new Planet Fitness in Pembroke Pines. I've seen the equipment on "The Biggest Loser" and its TV ads are hilarious. I also love the "Judgement Free Zone" (if not the spelling of the word judgment). And the membership prices can't be beat -- $10 a month for a one-club membership and $19.99 for the Black Card membership, which lets you work out at any Planet Fitness across the country, lets you bring one guest every time you go, gives you a half-price discount on beverages and lets you use the massage chairs and awesome aqua massage tables and tanning beds.
The club, which is in a Winn-Dixie shopping center on the corner of Johnson Street and Palm Avenue, is heavy on the cardio machines -- treadmills, ellipticals (my favorite LifeFitness ones!) and arc trainers are plentiful and you won't have to stand in line to get your sweat on.
There's a good selection of free weights, Smith machines, barbells and benches, and contrary to what some muscleheads would say, they go plenty high in poundage. There's also two of everything in the strength-training machines, which should mean you won't have to "work in" to someone's set. And see that "Lunk Alarm" in the photo? That will go off if someone screams, swears, drops weights or otherwise acts a fool. (And in South Florida, well, you know ...)
And if you're pressed for time or want a foolproof, quick workout, there's a separate 30-Minute Workout room, which is where we got our sweat on last week. There's a light on the wall which changes from red to green every 60 seconds. Every 60 seconds you switch from a machine to a cardio step until you get to the end. It was a really efficient workout and blasting from one exercise to the next keeps your heart rate up. The equipment is the same as ones you'll find on the general gym floor so they're not stripped down or "sissyfied" machines.
The club is open 24 hours a day on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
And now, a giveaway!
So here's what I've got for one lucky person -- a 1-year Black Card membership to Planet Fitness. Since this is courtesy of the South Florida franchise, the winners have to live in South Florida. (I'm using Rafflecopter for the first time so hopefully this thing will work! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget.)
And if you don't win, you can join online by visiting www.PlanetFitness.com. There's a $1 sign-up fee special going on through January 29.
The giveaway starts NOW and goes through Friday, Jan. 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET.
Disclosure: I was given a free Planet Fitness 1-year Black Card membership for myself and a reader.