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With the opening of two new Planet Fitness locations, Annaville and Portland have officially entered the "Judgement Free Zone."

And that zone is open 24 hours a day.

"We are excited to be a part of this community and continue to help people meet their goals every day," said Robin Santiago, Annaville club manager. "With our 'judgement free zone,' we want everyone to feel comfortable, but we have been adding a lot to the clubs."

A part of Planet Fitness' appeal is the number of cardiovascular machines (35 treadmills, 28 elliptical machines, plus stair-climbers and stationary bicycles), and the amenities that go along with the membership packages.

The Annaville facility, 11330 Leopard Street, is 18,671-square-feet with 22 flat-screen TVs, two massage chairs, three hydro-beds, two tanning beds, a tanning booth and a Total Body Enhancement booth, according to a news release.

Total Body Enhancement booths helps rejuvenate skin texture and tone, Santiago said.

The Annaville, Portland and Sunrise Mall locations are sister clubs, so members can go to any of them and receive the same quality workout and amenities, she said.

Small group fitness classes by a certified trainer are available with a membership. Different areas of the gym are devoted to a 30-minute strength and cardio circuit and an adult jungle-gym for cross-training style workouts.

The chain is known for its anyone-can-do-this atmosphere.

Bodybuilders and powerlifters are welcome at every location, but the gym prohibits grunting and dropping weights.

"We call that 'lunk' behavior," Santiago said, pointing to the gym's "Lunk Alarm," a siren on the wall that is used as a courtesy reminder. "That type of behavior for first-time members could be intimidating. We're not known for that here."

At the time of the Annaville location's opening last week, there were already nearly 2,500 members signed up through a pre-sale event. The Portland location opened in December.

Annaville will host a grand opening celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Danni Allen, season 14 winner of NBC's The Greatest Loser, will be a host.

Portland's grand opening will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. at 1550 Wildcat Drive.

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February 18, 2018


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