About Planet fitness

Planet Fitness has become one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators  of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. With more than 1,800 locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico. Planet Fitness has continued to spread its unique mission of enhancing people’s lives by providing an affordable, high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment.


Planet Fitness Milestones


  • 1992 The first Planet Fitness opens in Dover, New Hampshire

  • 1993 UNH student Chris Rondeau (now CEO) takes front-desk job at Dover gym

  • 1996 Planet Fitness introduced Tootsie Rolls at the front desk as a way to foster staff and member interaction. Clubs originally also offered a yellow banana flavored Tootsie Roll (until it was discontinued), in addition to the current grape and traditional chocolate flavor

  • 1997 Planet Fitness unveils the Judgement Free Zone® philosophy as a way to make first-time gym users feel comfortable joining and starting their fitness journey

  • 1999  In Concord, NH, after a daylong shortage of hot water, members were thanked for their patience with free pizza. The popularity of the giveaway led to once-a-month pizza night in all locations

  • 2003 The first Planet Fitness franchise opens in Altamonte Springs, FL

  • 2005 The PF Black Card®was introduced. For $21.99, PF Black Card® members can workout at any Planet Fitness in the system, bring a guest at no additional charge, and have access to amenities including HydroMassage, massage chairs, tanning, and more 

  • 2006 100th club opens in Logan, UT

  • 2011 Planet Fitness opens its first location outside the continental United States in Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Planet Fitness launches its first-ever national advertising campaign – the “Lift Things Up” television commercial 

  • 2012 Planet Fitness partners with TSG Consumer Partners. 500th club opens in Morton Grove, IL

  • 2013 Chris Rondeau is named Chief Executive Officer. Planet Fitness evolves its marketing and unveils the “No Gymtimidation” advertising campaign 

  • 2014 1st international location opens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 2015 1,000th club opens in Washington, D.C. Planet Fitness becomes a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PLNT 1st club opens in Dominican Republic

  • 2016  The Judgement Free GenerationTM is launched, Planet Fitness’ national philanthropic initiative designed to combat the judgement and bullying faced by today’s teens by creating a culture of kindness and encouragement

  • 2017 Planet Fitness reaches 10.5 million member mark2019Planet Fitness launched the Teen Summer Challenge allowing teenagers ages 15-18 to work out for free from May 15 through September 1 in the United States and Canada

The Judgement Free Zone

Planet Fitness created the Judgement Free Zone® because we believe anyone, of any fitness level, should feel accepted and respected when they walk into a gym. Our non-intimidating, welcoming environment fosters a sense of community among all members and encourages them to work toward their health and fitness goals – no matter how big or how small.

Giving Back

Being Judgement Free is core to who we are as a brand. Bullying has become an all-too-common issue in our society, and we believe we can help make a positive impact in our local communities.

We partner with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the nation’s leading youth development organization, supporting millions of teens and kids during the critical out-of-school time.

Through our corporate support and fundraising efforts, we are for the first time ever, making consistent anti-bullying tools and resources available to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.  We are also  funding first-of-its-kind training for Boys & Girls Clubs’ staff to create the positive, judgement free environments that will help kids thrive.

We are also rallying consumers, members, and our staff to raise funds toward programming that will help to make our judgement free mission a reality.


Energy and water efficient fixtures, recycled materials in flooring, and cooling via “Big Ass Fans” (yes, that’s the manufacturer’s name) are just some of the examples of our commitment to sustainability.