It’s not uncommon to hear “gym rats” criticize Planet Fitness gyms, and much of that criticism has to do with some of the policies the affordable health and wellness chain has implemented in many of its locations. According to a press release, some franchises give free pizza, candy, and bagels to guests on certain days, and it even has an infamous “lunk alarm” that allegedly goes off when someone growls during an exercise.
It seems to me a very interesting place to exercise. And according to a viral TikTok from Planet Fitness contributor Tez (@visionarytez), it can also be an interesting place to work, especially, as some commentators said, if someone works there “for a laugh.”
He kicks off his TikTok with a text overlay that reads, “What it’s been like working at planet fitness” followed by a crying emoji.
@visionarytez 70% of this happened in two days 😭😭#fyp #foryoupage ♬ Swing Ya Pole – chrisfinesse111
The compilation video shows a man on the bathroom floor swinging his legs in the air and kicking a barn door. The video then goes to the police at the gym and then back to the bathroom, where the same man yells or spits into a sink. The video also features a super-lube bath and, again, the man convulsing on the bathroom floor. Finally, at the end of the compilation, an employee who resembles a puffer jacket appears beneath his purple Planet Fitness work polo shirt.
“70% of this happened in about two days,” the employee revealed in the caption of the video, which has been viewed 590,000 times.
In a follow-up video, he shows other aspects of his work, such as finding a baseball cap coated on the inside with a plastic composite (hard hat style). A gym goer sitting on a bench with their stomachs exposed and their legs spread can also be seen. The clip also shows the foods some workers apparently eat: a “12-inch” hot dog and fresh microwaved shrimp. The man in the bathroom appears one more time in this video.
In the video’s caption, the employee called it “the best job I’ve ever had.”
“I recommend 10/10,” he added.
@visionarytez Reply to @visionarytez hands down the best job I’ve ever had, I recommend 10/10 #WeStickTogether #foryoupage #fyp ♬ original sound – TEZ
The employee added in the comments section that the track “laughs for free 24 hours a day,” and while many users on the platform found humor in the clips Tez shared, others didn’t have nice things to say about the chain, calling it a ” bot server” and the “Spirit Airlines of gyms.”
“Judgement-free zone, I guess,” said one, riffing on the gym motto.
However, others agreed that this seems like a fun place to work.
“Getting paid to laugh the entire shift,” said one.
“I’ve worked with PF for 6 years, it has to be one of the most entertaining places to work ever, something happens every day,” wrote another.
The Daily Dot reached out to Tez via TikTok commentary and Planet Fitness via email.
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*First published: August 2, 2022, 14:03 CDT
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