Anytime Fitness vs Planet Fitness: Pros, cons & differences

Anytime Fitness vs Planet Fitness

Trying to decide between two gyms near your house, work, or kid's school? 

There's a lot to think about, like pricing, equipment, classes, childcare options, and more.

So I've gone ahead and gathered all of that information so you don't have to. No need to thank me!

Our Gym Comparison Series continues with Anytime Fitness vs Planet Fitness.

Aaaaaand go!

 

What is Anytime Fitness?

Anytime Fitness is one of the largest franchise-gyms in the country, with over 3,000 locations in the U.S. alone.

It's best known for being open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and for having a location in damn-near every shopping center in the country.

 

What is Planet Fitness?

Cheap. Convenient. Bright-ass purple and yellow.

That's Planet Fitness.

This franchise has been around since 1992 and offers over 1,000 locations across the United States. It's probably best known for staying open late and its signature loud color scheme.

 

Cost

Anytime Fitness: Has a number of different membership options, including both single and two-person monthly memberships, and single and two-person annual memberships. For a one-person membership, expect to pay around $85 in sign-up fees and around $40 per month or $400 per year for the annual pass. (After 30 days, you're eligible to start going to any Anytime Fitness location).

Planet Fitness: Also offers a bunch of different membership levels. In short, you'll pay around $10 per month for unlimited access to just your local club (or $15 per month if you want to go without a contract) and about $20 per month to access any Planet Fitness location. Startup fees can be anywhere between totally waived, $1, and $39.00 depending on location.

In pure dollars and cents, Planet Fitness is the winner here. But what do you get with your membership?

 

Hours

Anytime Fitness: It's not called Anytime for nothing. This place never closes.

Planet Fitness: Most locations are open 24 hours, but hours may vary on weekends or by franchise. Check your local PF.

 

Equipment

Anytime Fitness: Has pretty much everything you could need, including a full suite of cardio machines, dumbbells, free weights, and power racks.

Planet Fitness: Is somewhat famous for not catering to heavy weightlifters. Expect to find only a Smith machine, some weight machines, and some light dumbbells, but plenty of treadmills and other cardio equipment.

 

Classes

Anytime Fitness: Plenty to choose from here, including spin, zumba, cardio, yoga, and more. Classes are free to members but do vary by location.

Planet Fitness: Nope. Sorry.

 

Pool / Spa Area

Neither Anytime Fitness nor Planet Fitness have a pool. 

Bummer :(

 

Showers

Yes! Hooray!

Both Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness have showers in the locker room.

 

Childcare

There's no childcare or daycare option at Anytime Fitness, nor at Planet Fitness.

The good news is you can always just go at midnight!

 

The Verdict

While both Anytime Fitness and Planet Fitness pride themselves on convenience, these are two very different gyms at different ends of the value spectrum.

 

You might prefer Anytime Fitness if:

  • You want to lift heavy weights
  • You absolutely have to work out at 3am on Christmas morning
  • You like zumba, spin, or yoga classes
  • You travel for work and need affordable access to a bunch of different Anytime locations

 

You might prefer Planet Fitness if:

  • You don't like being around weightlifters
  • You're down with free pizza and bagels at the gym
  • You love cardio
  • You're on a budget