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Teens Logged 17 Million Workouts at Planet Fitness Locations Nationwide from May through September, Laying Foundations for Long-Lasting Healthy Habits with the Leader in Fitness
HAMPTON, N.H., Sept. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, announced that more than 3.5 million high schoolers signed up for its High School Summer Pass program, logging 17 million workouts over the course of three-and-a-half months. High School Summer Pass took place from May 16 through August 31, during which Planet Fitness opened its doors to high schoolers ages 14 – 19 to work out for free at any of its more than 2,300 locations in the United States and Canada.
Throughout the pandemic, many students either didn’t have access to a place to exercise or reduced their physical activity due to virtual school and social isolation. Planet Fitness’ High School Summer Pass came at a critical time when high school students were feeling the emotional and physical tolls of the pandemic. In fact:
“The success of our High School Summer Pass program reinforces that this generation is seeking access to fitness to make their physical and mental health a priority,” said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness. “We’re thrilled more than 3.5 million high schoolers took the initiative to get active this summer. There are so many benefits to physical activity, including managing stress, reducing anxiety, and improving performance in school. Having joined a gym for the first time when I was 16, fitness enabled me to develop life-long healthy habits that have benefitted me in numerous ways throughout my life. We look forward to welcoming these students in the Judgement Free Zone for years to come.”
In a survey4 of nearly 10,000 High School Summer Pass teen participants and their parents, Planet Fitness uncovered the impact of the record-setting summer program:
“This experience has transformed not only my mental health, but my physical health. I chose to live a healthier lifestyle back in January of 2022, and this gym membership has really helped me stay on track with my fitness and health journey,” noted Aliyah C., age 19, who participated in the High School Summer Pass program at her local club in North Carolina. “When I found out that Planet Fitness was giving teens access to gyms for free during the summer, I was super excited and finally found the motivation I needed to keep going. I have lost 20 pounds and have never felt better.”
Finally, all teens in the United States and Canada who signed up were automatically entered into The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia) and one grand prize $5,000 scholarship5. These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs. Winners will be notified this month.
For more information on Planet Fitness and to locate any of its more than 2,300 Planet Fitness locations, please visit PlanetFitness.com/Local-Clubs.
About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of June 30, 2022, Planet Fitness had 16.5 million members and 2,324 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 90% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.
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1 Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey — United States, January–June 2021, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2 Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12–25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019–May 2021, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3 The COVID-19 pandemic is associated with a substantial rise in frequency and severity of presentation of youth-onset type 2 diabetes, The Journal of Pediatrics
4 Based on a survey of teen High School Summer Pass participants and their parents; conducted by Planet Fitness from June 9-15, 2022.
5 No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., who are 14-19 years of age (with parent approval if under age of majority). Begins 12:00 am ET on 5/16/22; ends 11:59 pm ET on 8/31/22. For Official Rules, visit PlanetFitness.com/sweepstakes-rules.
SOURCE Planet Fitness, Inc.
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