Planet Fitness in Government Center and Porter Square Quietly Becomes Rock ‘n Fitness

The new gym will offer group fitness classes for the first time.

By | Hub Health |

Rock 'n Fitness interior photo provided.

Rock ‘n Fitness interior photo provided.

If you are walking by¬†Government¬†Center, you may notice that the former purple¬†corner¬†gym is no longer¬†purple.¬†That’s¬†because¬†the gym (and¬†another¬†location in Porter¬†Square) went from being a Planet Fitness to a new¬†concept¬†called, Rock ‘n Fitness. Aaron West, manager of both¬†locations, says that it was a¬†mutual¬†decision¬†to party ways with¬†Planet Fitness. “We¬†got out of our franchise agreement to open our own¬†entity,” he says. “It was a mutual thing, and it was not¬†easy.” When pressed for more info, West declined to comment.

The new concept has a rock ‘n roll theme (obviously) but will include things that Planet Fitness does not offer, like group fitness classes. “It‚Äôs a little more hip,” West says. “A lot of our members were asking for classes.”

The classes will start this summer and will include Zumba, yoga, indoor cycling, and kickboxing. West says that they are renovating and expanding, taking over a downstairs storage room to create the extra space for classes. The pricing will stay the same with the usual $10 a month no contract membership, or clients can upgrade the $19.99 per month membership that provides unlimited use of both clubs, free guests (every time, any person), free stand-up tanning booth use (eek!), and half price off cooler drinks. West says that they plan to open a few more over the next few seasons.

1 Washington Mall, Boston, 617-248-8611; 1 Porter Square, Cambridge, 617-499-9944;

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