This sounds really stupid, but how do I walk in to a gym?

This sounds really stupid, but how do I walk in to a gym? I bought a membership for planet fitness last week (there's one really close to my house). But I don't know how to walk in. They didn't mail me a membership card or anything. How do they authenticate their members? Am I meant to just walk in and start pulling on the machines?

I only want to work my back. I have bad posture and it's difficult to swallow so I want to work my back.

How do I walk up to a machine? Am I supposed to wipe it down afterwards? This implies that I must bring with me a towel.

And how do I know which machine is the back machine?

  1. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    This is INCREDIBLY stupid but
    >walk in, tell person working the desk you don't have a membership card, but have your personal ID
    >they get you sorted or just check the system and wave you in
    >most machines will have a little diagram indicating what muscles they work
    >there will be paper towels and disinfectant spray bottles EVERYWHERE, you do not need a towel

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      >there will be paper towels and disinfectant spray bottles EVERYWHERE, you do not need a towel
      Does that mean I have to wipe after myself
      or wipe only before I use machines
      Or both?

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        It's just for wiping your balls and ass so you don't spread monkeypox.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        will be paper towels and disinfectant spray bottles EVERYWHERE, you do not need a towel
        Do I have to use them? Or do the employees clean up after people?

        if you are boss you will clean nothing

        if you wish to CONFORM to the basic standards of hygiene of the great unwashed you will clean the eqpt after using (STRONGLY NOT RECOMMENDED)

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          I have another question. Should I shower beforehand? Because I have a habit of going days, weeks, or even months without showering. I keep my same clothes on too, for the most part.

          • 4 days ago
            Anonymous

            Please shower, yes, and try making it a habit to shower at least once a day. If you go to the gym reeking of body odor, someone WILL let you know and it will be extremely embarrassing for you. Or if it's that bad you might even be asked to leave. Planet Fitness has showers if you really can't be bothered to do it at home. It's also good hygiene to shower after you work out because you'll likely be sweaty.

            But please please please shower before you hit the gym. I wipe down my machines before using them because I never know if the guy that used them before was someone like you who showers once a year.

            • 4 days ago
              Anonymous

              Should I shower after going to the gym? I thought I would need to because I thought the machines I would be using would require me to touch a lot of it

              >Facepulls
              >Low Rows
              >Lat Pulls
              All of these seem really appealing, because they involve machines that I will barely touch. I thought I would have to lay down on some large "bowflex" monstrosity and pull 2 independent wings behind me.

              [...]
              And also I want to say if I'm retarded, it's because my posture is so bad that I can't breathe right.

              , but if all of these exercises only require a bar that is pulled I don't think I'll need to shower afterwards.

              • 4 days ago
                Anonymous

                >Should I shower after going to the gym?
                Yes, working out can leave you sweaty. The gym has showers if you need them. Just bring some sandals, fresh clothes, and your own soap. Also bring a lock for the locker room, so that you can store your bag.

              • 4 days ago
                Anonymous

                I don't care if I'm sweaty. The gym probably has air conditioning. All I care about is not contracting monkeypox on my skin and then lying in my bed and spreading another man's third-contact fuckjuice on my sheets.
                I have never showered in a gym. I think standing on wet tiles that other naked men have stepped on is disgusting.
                Am I supposed to bring a bag? I would only bring a bag if I needed to bring towels to wipe the machines, but I don't need to bring towels.

                Also I am generally ashamed when other people hear me breathing. This is a big problem.

              • 4 days ago
                Anonymous

                You do you, man. How you maintain yourself after the gym is your business, but at least clean yourself before you work out as a courtesy to the people around you.

                But honestly it's a bit odd hearing how squeamish you are about other people's hygiene considering that you go days, weeks, or months without showering.

              • 4 days ago
                Anonymous

                My filth does not contain disease. I am entirely a known entity.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      will be paper towels and disinfectant spray bottles EVERYWHERE, you do not need a towel
      Do I have to use them? Or do the employees clean up after people?

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        You're expected to wipe down equipment after you use it in literally any gym.

        What the fuck? They just took my money and didn't have me enter a password or anything.
        You mean having a phone is a REQUIREMENT to get in to the gym?

        I dunno dude, I'm sure if you tell them you paid but don't have a qr thing to swipe they'll be able to look you up in the system.

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          Do I have to scrub the equipment, or just wipe it off enough for my sweat to no longer be visible?

          • 4 days ago
            Anonymous

            Grab a sheet or two of paper towel, spray the FUCK out of it from the bottle, and then like wipe the whole surface down so it's soaking wet. The spray will be alcohol based and evaporate quickly. You don't need to scrub, just cover the whole thing.
            But no one will be a cop about it either way.
            Just go workout you dumb nerd.

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          I’ve been in 5+ gyms, only time I’ve seen someone clean was if they were older and first time there, drip sweaters on cardio or in my case, if I left blood on barbell from scrubing my shin raw during deadlifts.

          But you need a towel, they might even force you to buy their own if you don’t have one. Its also used to reserve equipment.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        You should use them. It's good gym etiquette and it's sanitary, don't count on someone else cleaning up after you.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        You have to tell the wagies to clean it up, they are bound in servitude to the Planet Fitness and every customer is their lord for the duration of a workout.

  2. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    planet fitness has an app on the phone that u scan. its a qr code. you should have set up an account during registration.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      What the fuck? They just took my money and didn't have me enter a password or anything.
      You mean having a phone is a REQUIREMENT to get in to the gym?

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Ok I went to the gym for the first time and spoke to the clerk there. I watched some guys walk up to the counter and use their phone thing.

      He told me to download the planet fitness app and he could help me set it up. I said "thank you" and walked away. The brocolli haired zoomer looked at me with that I can only describe as "the fluoride stare". I should have kept walking, but I turned back and stammered something like "yeah I'll download it..... I wasn't planning on working out today haha" and then I did a little finger thing to indicate that we were talking (pointing to him and back to me repetitiously).

      It's really fucked up that downloading an app is required to use planet fitness. Wouldn't have bought an account if I knew that.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        >I should have kept walking, but I turned back and stammered something like "yeah I'll download it..... I wasn't planning on working out today haha" and then I did a little finger thing to indicate that we were talking (pointing to him and back to me repetitiously).
        Godspeed, autist

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          I'm only autistic when I'm dehydrated.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        >Judgement free zone
        >Gets judged for being retarded.
        Just in case you didn't feel autistic enough from said interaction.

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          He didn't judge me he was just confused. He said "Ok no worriesman" (sic)
          Also it felt like he was taller than me but I'm 6'3". I think there's a platform behind the counter.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        He didn't judge me he was just confused. He said "Ok no worriesman" (sic)
        Also it felt like he was taller than me but I'm 6'3". I think there's a platform behind the counter.

        You sound absolutely retarded

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          shut the fuck up

  3. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Naked and quiet or they will set iff the link alarm.

  4. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >africandictatorlaughinginaboat.gif

  5. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You sound like an average planet fitness user. You'll fit right in.

  6. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    It really may be worth buying 2-5 sessions with a personal trainer just so you feel comfortable walking in and using everything. Don't get some extended package with 20 sessions though, that's a rip.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I was thinking of doing that.

      Naked and quiet or they will set iff the link alarm.

      It's a big problem if when I try out a machine, I have to breathe a bit while figuring out how it works. If I drop anything or made sudden noises they might set the alarm off.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        I used to use planet fitness, I've only ever seen them set the alarm off if someone was being excessive. I don't like the alarm I think it's a stupid concept, but it's not used as often as some people on here claim. You'll be fine don't worry.

  7. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You not being able to swollen is bad anon. Post posture, you may need to actually see someone who knows what they’re doing(not available at planet fitness)

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      My posture looks just like standard computer posture. Also I think my spine is crooked because my right shoulder is tight. I loosened it up a bit with my own stretching, but the thing where you touch both hands behind your back? It's easier on one side.

      I know I can fix it I just need to activate my back muscles.

  8. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Get the fuck off this board right now if you want good advice, this board has went to shit in the past few years

  9. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Start with these for your noobie back
    Facepulls
    Low Rows
    Lat Pulls

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      >Facepulls
      >Low Rows
      >Lat Pulls
      All of these seem really appealing, because they involve machines that I will barely touch. I thought I would have to lay down on some large "bowflex" monstrosity and pull 2 independent wings behind me.

      [...]
      You sound absolutely retarded

      And also I want to say if I'm retarded, it's because my posture is so bad that I can't breathe right.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        Lay on the floor for 20 minutes a day. You can tuck a pillow under your head if you experience discomfort. Stack pillows if necessary. Once you can lay on the floor with the back of your head touching you need to get a roller tube. Once you master the roller tube, buy a roller ball.

        If you have money to burn, a chiropractor is worth it. If you have more money, a massuese is very worth it.

  10. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Get the app, your membership card is the app there's a QR code. If you have a smartwatch you can even have the code there by just copying the value.
    Every single PF since COVID has a ton of paper towel dispensers with sanitizing spray.
    Stop being a fag, walk in there scan your phone and get at it.
    If you're just getting started I recommend hopping on the thread mill at a slow pace for 10-15 mins to let your body warm up before you go into your set.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      >QR code
      If it's just a QR code, I can print it out and keep it in my wallet.
      Or I could write down (in cursive) the textual data within the QR code, and make the clerk type it out every time I enter. Then they will get annoyed next time they would wave me through without question.

      Lay on the floor for 20 minutes a day. You can tuck a pillow under your head if you experience discomfort. Stack pillows if necessary. Once you can lay on the floor with the back of your head touching you need to get a roller tube. Once you master the roller tube, buy a roller ball.

      If you have money to burn, a chiropractor is worth it. If you have more money, a massuese is very worth it.

      Yeah I have improved my posture by laying on the floor. Unfortunately I have a lot of junk in my room right now. Also I have a roller tube I use when I lay on the floor.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        half the time there is no employees to be found, doubt anyone would notice if you just walked in, even to use the "black card" exclusive tanning and massage shit. all the employees are obese or black

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        i dont mean to be no judge, stranger, and you havent asked my advice, but nevertheless i want to offer (you) this free advice: that a clean floor helps. It really does.

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        Do you not have a phone? Are you in witness protection?

  11. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Next OP is gonna tell us he didn’t realize he needed a social media following of at least 1k subscribers to access the secret backroom

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      don't tell him about the secret bathroom, dude!

  12. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >Pizza Monday... Pizza Monday

  13. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    How does "wiping down the machines" work when you ask to work in sets with someone? Do you wipe after each set or do normally people just say 'fuck it' for that?

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Most people won't wipe after each set while working in, unless one of you is sweating buckets.

  14. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Have a nice work out!
    >you too

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      I've been so close to doing this, especially on the weird days where I had something going on in the evening and I don't get out there until like 11 or so.

      Have a nice workout!
      >Y---THANKS...

  15. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    this thread is bait

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Bait sells... but who's biting?

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        can you put a price on (you)s?

  16. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Call. Tell them to open the door for you. Ask them where your locker is at once you walk inside.

  17. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    check in at the desk dumbass

  18. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >I have bad posture and it's difficult to swallow so I want to work my back.
    Just tell us how fucking fat are you?

  19. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >go to PF
    >"Hello, I want to lift."
    >"ID and money and contract"
    >...
    >get checked into location
    >lift
    Done.

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