Free access to the Planet Fitness youth gym all summer long

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By SILE MOLONEY

TEENAGERS POSE FOR A GROUP PICTURE AT A PLANET FITNESS GYM
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Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest growing gym franchises according to its owners, is inviting high school kids ages 14-19* to work out for free at any of its more than 2,200 Planet locations. Fitness in the United States and Canada from May August 16-31, as part of the High School Summer Pass initiative, with the goal of improving the mental and physical health of adolescents.

A new study commissioned by Planet Fitness found that while nearly half (48%) of American teens admit to experiencing mental health issues for the first time during the pandemic, nearly all (92%) agree that physical activity regularly helps them feel much better mentally. .

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High School Summer Pass was officially known as the Teen Summer Challenge, which was the first program of its kind launched in 2019 and has seen over 900,000 teens sign up and complete over 5.5 million workouts over three months and half. period. Starting today, high school students can visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass to pre-register and receive a reminder to officially register when the program officially begins on Monday, May 16. Teens under 18 must register with a parent or guardian online or in-club.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, less than 15% of teens met the 60-minute daily physical activity recommendation during the pandemic.**

A national study*** commissioned by Planet Fitness found that 93% of American teens want to to stay healthy and active during the summer months, but many lack the motivation or access to do so. High School Summer Pass offers a solution for teens wanting to stay active when school sports programs, gym classes, and extracurricular activities end.

Chris Rondeau, CEO of Planet Fitness, said of the summer program: “As a leader in fitness, we believe we have a responsibility to provide a welcoming, safe and non-judgmental environment for students at secondary improve. their physical and mental well-being, especially given the challenges they are and continue to face as a result of the pandemic.

Rondeau added: “Our study found that almost all (92%) high school students agreed that when they are physically active on a regular basis, they feel much better mentally. Fitness is also about feeling great, and we hope the High School Summer Pass empowers teens to create lifelong workout habits to help them succeed in all aspects of their lives.

To further motivate high school students to make fitness a priority, all participants who register beginning May 16 are automatically entered into The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award a $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia) and a grand prize, a $5,000 scholarship, at the end of the summer****.

These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs.

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Overview of adolescent health and fitness

To find out how high school students view health and fitness today, Planet Fitness commissioned a national study in partnership with Material to shed light on mental and physical health from the perspective of teens and parents. Although negatively impacted by the pandemic, the study found that teens are ready to commit to being healthy, both physically and mentally.

Key findings included the following:

  • Physical condition for victory. Although three in five teens (60%) say their usual health and fitness routines have been severely disrupted in the past two years, almost all (89%) of their parents feel that exercise and fitness regular physical activity helps their teens cope with life’s challenges. pandemic. Almost all teens (92%) agree that when they are regularly physically active, they feel much better mentally.
    • Although many teens make exercise and fitness a priority in their lives (65%), there are significant barriers to this. In fact, 78% of teens note that simply having access to a place to work out and being able to train with friends (72%) would benefit their health and fitness.
    • A majority of teens who exercise also agree that physical fitness makes them feel healthier (61%), stronger (57%) and happier (50%). It also offers the significant health benefits of more energy (69%), increased strength (64%) and stress relief (61%).
    • And 84% of teens agree there’s never been a better time than now to focus on their health.
  • Mental health takes center stage. Almost half (48%) of teens admit to experiencing mental health issues for the first time during the pandemic. And more than half (51%) say they are currently struggling with anxiety.
    • Parents are extremely concerned about the impact of the past two years on the mental health (71%), overall health (66%) and fitness (60%) of their teens. And 71% are also concerned about their high school student’s academic progress and college readiness.
    • That said, more than four in five teens say they are hopeful about the future (85%) and that the pandemic has shown them how strong they really are (82%).
  • Let’s talk. Parents overwhelmingly spoke more regularly to their teens over the past two years about topics such as self-esteem and confidence (92%), exercise and training (88%) and mental health (82 %). The majority of teens today also say they are now more open and communicative about their feelings (79%).
  • Screen time, more time. A majority of parents (55%) also report that the time their teens spend on social media has increased since the start of the pandemic. In fact, many parents feel their teens are spending more time sedentary than active: 54% noted their teen was texting more today, 52% saw an increase in video games and 50% of parents say their teen is spending more time watching TV.
    • And more teens agree they spend too much time in front of screens than they did just before the pandemic (61% in 2022 vs. 52% in 2020).
TEENS TRAIN AT A PLANET FITNESS CENTER
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A safe, clean and welcoming environment to move

In addition to the free club fitness workout that all High School Summer Pass participants will have access to, Planet Fitness’ certified trainers have also designed 15 trainer-led workout videos and 10 downloadable workouts – encompassing cardio, strength, toning and sport. circuits – only for high school students (at all fitness levels). This content will be available on the Planet Fitness app and on PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass starting May 16.

This summer and throughout the year, Planet Fitness’ top priority continues to ensure the safety of its members and employees and is the first fitness brand to receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The rating recognizes Planet Fitness’ leadership in adopting the Framework to ensure a safer and healthier environment for its employees and members across its more than 2,200 facilities.

Enhanced COVID-19 safety and sanitization protocols at its well-ventilated and spacious clubs include:

  • Contactless check-in via the free Planet Fitness app – available to all High School Summer Pass participants
  • A Crowd Meter on the Planet Fitness app that allows members to check club capacity in real time before they even leave home
  • Increased disinfection to continuously clean and disinfect high-touch areas, with cleaning stations available to members
  • Mask policies in line with local guidelines

For more information about High School Summer Pass, including how to sign up for free membership at one of more than 2,200 Planet Fitness locations nationwide, visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass.

PLANET FITNESS, LOCATED at 82 W 225th St, New York, NY 10463, South of Kingsbridge, on Friday, April 8, 2022.
Photo by Sile Moloney

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*Teens ages 14-19 can visit any Planet Fitness location in the United States. Teens must practice where they register and are not permitted to use any other locations. Teens under 18 must register with a parent or guardian in the club or online at PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass. Once the parent or guardian waiver is signed for teens under 18, teens can train on their own. Students who are already 18 do not need a parent or guardian present during the registration process.
** Association of children’s physical activity and screen time with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, JAMA Network Open
*** Online survey conducted by Material of 1,012 nationally representative US teens, ages 15-18, and their parents, with a margin of error of +/- 3%.
****No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States/DC, ages 14-19 (with parental approval if under the age of majority). Begins midnight ET on 05/16/22; ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 8/31/22. For official rules, visit PlanetFitness.com/sweepstakes-rules.

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