Planet Fitness plans mid-March opening

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — With goals of opening next month, Planet Fitness Director of Operations Nick Panezich spoke about how the process of moving the exercise franchise into Piqua is going.

“Construction is going very smooth,” Panezich said. “Everything is going as planned.”

Planet Fitness will be taking up approximately 20,000 square feet next to Aldi and across from Walmart on Ash Street and State Route 36.

“Our Piqua location is going to be a very large location,” Panezich said.

According to Panezich, there will be 99 pieces of cardio machines and “a ton of strength equipment.”

The decision to move into the Piqua market was made to provide locals in the area with a low-cost cost workout option, according to Panezich. He also discussed the trademark Judgement Free Zone, explaining that Planet Fitness is geared toward general fitness and no showing off. With the “Lunk Alarm,” the fitness club reminds patrons that grunting, dropping weights, or judging others is not allowed.

“We’re thrilled to bring our Judgement Free Zone to Piqua,” Panezich said. “We look forward to providing more people in Piqua with a high-quality, non-intimidating experience at an extremely affordable cost.”

Panezich explained that the quality of the gym is worth membership costs of $50 or $60 a month versus Planet Fitness’s actual membership plans of $10 a month or $19.99 a month.

“You’re getting a multimillion dollar facility for just $10 month,” Panzich said. The cost of the construction and renovation of the gym is approximately $5 million, according to their county building permit.

Planet Fitness will also have locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat-screen televisions, HydroMassage beds and chairs, massage chairs, and tanning beds. The club will be open and staffed 24 hours, seven days a week. They also have fitness trainers on staff who are able to help members design a fitness plan or teach members how to use the equipment if desired.

Those interested in becoming members can sign up by visiting the gym at 1243 East Ash St., Suite 100, or by visiting the website at Between now and Feb. 25, the cost is $1 down to sign up and $10 a month.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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