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It seems to be pretty clear what Planet Fitness’ agenda is.

When you have a hard training session at the gym it’s pretty typical to be grunting or making some kind of noise while pumping. It’s a way of gathering or releasing energy, all of it designed to give you that extra bit to get you through a heavy lift. Most gyms don’t have a problem with it, especially if the action isn’t obnoxious. But for some reason, Planet Fitness has taken up the battle to ensure that grunting and dropping weights in the gym is a thing of the past.

First off, this is probably the dumbest thing we’ve heard in some time. The whole point of grunting or dropping weight isn’t always about boosting your ego or trying to show off. Sometimes you need that grunt to get you through. Sometimes you need to drop your dumbbells simply because you can’t possibly grasp the weights for any longer. To tell someone they can’t grunt when they’re lifting heavy is pretty damn arrogant. In a way, you can liken it to subjugation. Yeah, yeah, it’s probably not that serious, but it’s plenty stupid.

Apparently we’re not the only ones who think so either. For true lifters and bodybuilders you need an alpha gym if you’re looking to make some serious gains. Planet Fitness caters to a certain kind of clientele and as such serious lifters need to take their business elsewhere. Chris Jones of Physiques of Greatness has his own take on the Planet Fitness situation.


For a place that claims to be a judgment free zone, Planet Fitness has a nasty habit of telling people what is and what isn’t allowed, almost to the point of negating their biggest marketing tool. It’s obvious they don’t want real lifters in their gyms and that’s fine with us. We’ll be too busy grunting and slamming our weights down at a gym that appreciates alpha mentality.

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Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.