The Solution

June 18, 2008

An apology is in order.

The Aftermath – The Owner

June 18, 2008

Not more than a week after I was unnecessarily subjected to harassment by one owner, I approached the other owner of the the East Falls Church Planet Fitness, to voice my concerns as a patron of their club. I should have known that any effort to resolve the matter was futile as he continued to flip through his paperwork with his back turned to me during half if not most of the conversation. Owner #1 was out that afternoon and I felt that one way or another I had to resolve the matter at hand asap and say my peace.

Let me briefly explain the history behind this particular Planet Fitness. Formerly known as Olympus, or simply put, a real gym, upon changing names a flurry of drama ensued, which negatively impacted employees and patrons.  If you are not familiar with the policies of Planet Fitness, a simple google search will yield plenty of information, mostly negative. And you will begin to comprehend exactly what I mean by real preceding gym.

The owners’ third rate henchman and porcine faced manager would roam the floors of of the facility in search of confrontation. Remember the guy in high school who was always looking for a fight, desperate to flex his muscles and prove his worth? Give that guy – all grown up – a modicum of authority and what you have is corporate Seppuku. But you’ve got to feel sorry for the little guy as he has no clue that he’s merely a puppet and a pitbull the owners employ to sic on “unruly” patrons who actually utilize the equipment in the gym to work out and not roll in to eat free pizza and bagels and tootsie rolls. As Owner #1 recently told someone, and I quote:

“What are we going to do about [the manager]?” Read the rest of this entry »

The Conversation Almost Verbatim – The Owner

June 17, 2008

Some weeks ago on a Friday late afternoon in May of 2008 (exact date to be inserted later), one of the owners, whose son plays for the Auburn Tigers, interrupted me in the middle of an upper body workout by standing to the front right of the machine, thus blocking my movement.

With a smug grin glued to his face, he said, “You’re getting too big.”

“Excuse?” I replied, not quite sure I heard correctly.

“I said, you’re getting too big.” He continued to smile.

I didn’t know what to say except thank you. As a female bodybuilder, it’s not necessarily an insult to hear feedback that you’re gaining size.

“I don’t think you understand,” he said, his voice taking on a slight edge. “You’re getting too big. You’re going to lose your femininity.” He shifted his body and leaned in a bit closer. “Let me ask you something. Why are you doing this? Why?”

I shrugged. “Because I like it?” I offered, still not sure what direction this intrusive line of questioning was headed.

“Because you like it?” he repeated. “When are you going to stop?” he demanded. Read the rest of this entry »

Why This Blog

June 17, 2008

As I wrote in the About section of this blog, the universe has spoken, it must be done. I’ve miraculously managed to let go of the resentment and anger I’ve harbored for numerous months as a member of PF in a relatively short amount of time. But out of duty to the future patrons of this fitness chain, you should know what you’re getting into before you decide to hand over your money and sign the dotted line.

I am going to attempt to document the facts and tidy up my thoughts in the least amount of posts possible so that I may continue to move on without further interruption and free myself of the negativity associated with Planet Fitness.