Does Planet Fitness Have a Pool?

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Gym pools are a huge attraction for many. Swimming is great exercise, and it’s fun, so it often doesn’t feel like exercise. And swimming is a great way to cool off after lifting or free weights.

However, not all gyms have a pool. For today, we are going to answer one common question asked by those who are thinking about getting a membership at Planet Fitness.

Does Planet Fitness have a pool?

Well, the short answer is no, Planet Fitness does not have pools in their facilities. A pool is a great addition to a gym, so you might be wondering why they wouldn’t add such amenities. The main issue is that the cost of pools is too high, given the PF price point.

In this article, we’ll go over why PF doesn’t have pools in their fitness clubs.


Does Planet Fitness Have a Pool?

No, Planet Fitness does not offer pools in their gyms.

The main reason why Planet Fitness doesn’t have a pool is due to the costs associated with pools. Putting a pool at a PF gym would radically increase the price of a gym membership.

Planet Fitness aims to provide a gym that has affordable rates. They have monthly memberships that are as low as $10 a month.

If they add a pool to their list of amenities, that membership will surely increase. When that increases, most clients may not be willing to pay the extra fee. 

Putting a pool at a planet fitness gym would radically increase the price of a gym membership.


Why Are Gym Memberships With Pools Expensive?

Gyms that offer pools can charge more to their members to balance out the costs and space requirements. The real estate, the cost of the pool itself, maintenance, insurance, it all adds up significantly!

Similar to basketball courts, Pools take up a ton of space — particularly Olympic pools! 

Gym owners have to think carefully about the pool that they place in their gym. If it isn’t big enough to accommodate many of their clients, the gym could end up with more complaints than compliments. 

Another reason why having a pool will definitely increase the price of the membership fee is the maintenance cost. A pool is considered a luxury addition to any gym. It will need to be properly maintained or else everyone will worry it will be a breeding ground for bacteria. 

A pool can look great when it’s new, but without proper maintenance, it can easily look ugly. In order to properly maintain the pool, it has to be regularly cleaned.

Additionally, chemicals are added to it to make sure that the water is clear. It can also help stabilize the pH of the pool. 

As expected, pools in gyms are likely to be used by many clients. After all, they paid a high membership fee so they’ll probably use the pool as much as they could to get the most out of their membership fee. That would also mean that cleaning and maintenance procedures would be performed more often as many people are using the pool. 

Planet Fitness has pretty universal costs that don’t vary much from franchise to franchise. Any gym that chooses to install a pool will still fall under PF’s general policies, and they’ll likely make less money.


Are Pools Worth It?

As we’ve said, adding a pool to the gym can add to the membership fee significantly. Some people would be willing to pay the extra fee.

But most will not.

Many of those who are thinking about being a member at Planet Fitness are simply looking for an affordable way to work out. 

Many PF members are fairly new to working out, and aren’t ready to spend a fortune on a gym they don’t even know if they’ll use, long term.

If they loved the gym experience, they may be more willing to spend more on gyms that have more to offer. There are lots of other gyms out there that do have pools.

However, most people are really happy with the basic necessities that Planet Fitness has to offer. 

Having a pool at a gym can be considered a luxury experience, but you have to be willing to pay the price. Planet Fitness aims to be an inexpensive fitness club, targeting the “average” consumer who is not a gym rat or fitness enthusiast.

It’s not Equinox, after all!


Planet Fitness Amenities 

Just because Planet Fitness doesn’t have common gym amenities like swimming pools, scales, and saunas, that doesn’t mean they don’t offer anything interesting.

The Planet Fitness Black Card spa system provides (among other things) hydromassage, tanning beds/spray tan services, and the fascinating Total Body Enhancement machines.

These areas are what you want to focus on if you want to get the most out of your Planet Fitness/Black Card membership.


Conclusion

A pool is a wonderful addition to a gym, but it is absolutely a luxury feature. Planet Fitness doesn’t have pools in their gyms to help keep membership fees down.

Pools are costly to install and maintain, and if PF started installing pools, their membership fees would quickly rise. Regardless, most people find that a pool isn’t really necessary when your main goal in going to a gym is to do some simple cardio and weight lifting.  

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).