What is the Planet Fitness Crowd Meter?

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The pandemic may have slowed us down but it won’t stop us from our goals. With the risk of getting the virus, Planet Fitness has come up with various ways to lessen that risk. One of them is the crowd meter. But what is the Planet Fitness crowd meter?

The Planet Fitness crowd meter is a feature in their app that shows the gym’s capacity in real time.

In this article, we’ll be telling you more about what this feature is and how to use it.


The Planet Fitness App

Nowadays, there’s an app for almost everything. Like many gyms, Planet Fitness has its own app that is free for anyone to use and download. Those who have a Planet Fitness membership or the Black Card membership automatically get upgraded to the Pro account.

They have recently sent out invites for members to activate their accounts through e-mail. However, those who aren’t members can still enjoy using the app for free with their basic account. 

This app offers a variety of helpful features.

First, it can be your source of animated workouts and exercises in 3D. This helps you do your workout whether you are at their fitness club on their WIFI, or at home. Currently, they have about 4000 videos and are adding more every week.

Apart from the videos, there are also written instructions for the exercises. 

The app also allows you to create your own custom workout routines that you’d follow. You can sync it with the Apple Health App so that you can also add it to your activity calendar. That will better help remind you about your workout schedule.

You can even set a reminder through the app so that you don’t miss any of your workout schedules.

The app is also useful in helping you keep track of your progress. It shows you over 100 values so you can see just how much work you’ve done and what needs to be improved. It is also compatible with Google Fit as well as NEO Health wearables. 

Lastly, this app is also great for helping you motivate yourself or others. It can push you to complete the challenges and earn achievements through them. Through it, you can also engage in the online community and motivate each other through the app.


What Is Planet Fitness Crowd Meter?

One of the latest additions to the features of the PF app is the crowd meter. This lets you see the capacity of your home gym in real time. This is a great tool to help you know when to go to Planet Fitness to work out… or if you have to reschedule because the meter is showing lots of people currently on site. 

This feature is updated in real-time, which is very helpful. Due to the recent pandemic, the capacity of fitness clubs was lessened. The crowd meter was a helpful way to see how busy the gym was. It’s still useful now, as it can give you a sense of how many people will be at your local PF at any given time.

The crowd meter shows you a bar. If it is full, then you’ll know that there are lots of people using that gym at that time doing their free weights and bench presses

However, it doesn’t show whether there is a waiting line or not, or if any specific piece of equipment is getting used. It just simply shows the level of use of the fitness club. 

The best time to go is when the fitness club isn’t full or is just half full. This ensures you don’t have to wait for your turn to get one of those ellipticals or rowing machines.


Other Safety Policies Due To The Recent COVID-19 Pandemic

The crowd meter is just a tool to help give you an estimate of how many people are currently in the gym. Apart from this, Planet Fitness also had a few policies in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Most of these are gone from most locations, but they may pop back up in some locations from time to time.

Such policies include the following:

Mask Requirement

All the employees plus the members and guests are required to wear their masks at all times. Even while working out, they are still required to wear the mask. 

Touchless Check-in 

Planet Fitness now has touchless check-ins. This is to lessen contact amongst members as well as the staff. With this, members could check-in through a digital keytag on their Planet Fitness app.

Cleaning Stations

One of the best ways to avoid getting the virus is to make clean the stations regularly. Planet Fitness provides paper towels plus disinfectant sprays that members can use to disinfect the stations before and after their use. These items are properly stocked by the staff. There will also be hand sanitizers available at each station. 

Of course, you’ll still want to bring your own towels, and do your best to keep your locker tidy and clean.

Cardio Distancing

There is also social distancing at Planet Fitness. Furthermore, they also have Cardio Distancing. This means that there is only a limited number of cardio and strength machines that can be used at a time.

This ensures that the members have enough room for all.

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).