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Planet Fitness opens in Corvallis

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Retired physical education teacher Douglas King worked out on an elliptical machine at the new Planet Fitness location in Corvallis last week and said there’s plenty of room for a new gym here – especially when the entry level membership is $10 a month.

“It’s nice to come in at your own pace, just get your workout in and just go,” said King, who worked in the Corvallis School District for 30 years.

The Corvallis Planet Fitness location held its grand opening on Feb. 6. On a recent weekday, members ranged from the impressively fit to those just starting to get in better shape.

“The Judgment Free Zone is something Planet Fitness really believes in,” said Florian Raqueno of PF Northwest, the group that owns the gym and eight other clubs. “You’ll see all shapes and sizes and all ages and all fitness levels,” she added.

Even Oregon State University students are joining, because it’s easier to get a workout in at Planet Fitness than on campus, said Joe Bouchard, club manager.

The Corvallis Planet Fitness facility covers 23,000-square-feet and offers 24-hour access to members. The club is fully staffed at all times, Bouchard said, so that makes it feel safe no matter what the hour. Plus, trainers can show members proper workout technique.

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“We try and keep our club really, really clean,” Bouchard added.

The Corvallis Planet Fitness includes 150 modern cardio machines and strength equipment, as well as fully-equipped locker rooms with showers. The basic membership includes access to the 30-minute circuit room and fitness classes.

A PF Black Card membership, which costs $22.99 per month, provides access to more than 2,000 clubs in the chain, and the spa area at clubs, which includes massage chairs, hydro-massage beds, tanning beds, a guest every day at no additional charge and more.

Suzanne Roppe of Corvallis was using a hydro-massage bed recently, and said that she frequently visits the spa area because her husband takes longer than she does to work out.

But she enjoys the gym overall. “The equipment always works. There aren’t broken machines and you can always get on what you want because there are tons of machines,” Roppe said.

Matt Trask of Corvallis also is a PF Black Card membership, and said that it’s still $20 cheaper per month than his old gym.

The Corvallis Planet Fitness location is the ninth for PF Northwest, which has other clubs from the Portland area to Eugene.

“We’ll be opening two clubs a year for the next whoever knows,” Raqueno said.

Kyle Odegard can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or kyle.odegard@lee.net.

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