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.
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;¬†rocknfitness.com
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