Planet Fitness Bringing “Judgement Free” Gym to Columbia in March


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TIMONIUM, Md. (Jan. 13, 2020)Planet Fitness – one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers, and home of the Judgement Free Zone® – will open its first club in Howard County this March.

The 16,776-square-foot facility will open in Dobbin Center at 6475-101 H East Dobbin Rd., Columbia, MD 21045. It will be the 41st Planet Fitness club in Maryland and the 32nd owned and operated by PF Growth Partners, LLC based in Timonium, Md. Once open, the location will be open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Memberships will be available online beginning Jan. 27 (

New members can join for just 25 cents down and then $10 a month no commitment or $22.99 with no commitment for the Black Card (with additional amenities and access to all Planet Fitness clubs nationwide) through Feb. 9.

Beginning Feb. 10, new members can sign up online or in person at the club during pre-sale hours, Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. See for more details and membership sales.  

Planet Fitness prides itself on providing a high-quality experience at an exceptional value and a hassle-free, non-intimidating environment. The Columbia club will offer state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more.

Membership includes free small group fitness instruction by a certified trainer through the [email protected] ® program. As a member appreciation gesture, Planet Fitness provides free pizza on the first Monday of every month, and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month while supplies last, as a reminder that it’s okay to treat yourself.

Planet Fitness also provides members with an opportunity to connect and support each other with “Planet of Triumphs,” an online community that celebrates all accomplishments and inspirational stories of Planet Fitness members, reinforcing the Company’s belief that ‘everyone belongs.’

Planet Fitness has extended its judgement free philosophy outside of its gyms and into communities that need it most with its national philanthropic initiative, “The Judgement Free Generation™”. Together with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the nation’s leading youth development organization, supporting millions of kids and teens during the critical out-of-school time, Planet Fitness aims to empower a generation of teens to grow up contributing to a more judgement free planet – a place where everyone feels accepted and like they belong.

PF Black Card® membership includes additional amenities such as the ability to bring a guest every day at no additional charge, access to all 1,800+ Planet Fitness locations in all 50 states, as well as access to massage beds and chairs and tanning, among other benefits, which vary by location.

"We are thrilled to debut our Judgement Free fitness experience in Howard County,” said Victor Brick, co-owner of PF Growth Partners. “Whether or not you’ve belonged to a gym, we invite you to check out the Columbia club, meet our friendly staff, get a tour and see what the Judgement Free Zone is all about. We’re confident that our encouraging and hassle-free environment will be a welcome addition to the community.”

In addition to branching out to Howard County, PF Growth Partners also will launch its first clubs in California in 2020, as well as Australia, as part of a joint venture agreement with Planet Fitness, Bravo Fit, LLC, and Galactic Fitness Pty.

For more information about Planet Fitness Columbia, email [email protected] or call 443-545-7979. For more information about Planet Fitness overall, visit or follow PlanetFitness on Facebook and Twitter.

About Planet Fitness

Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of September 30, 2019, Planet Fitness had more than 14.1 million members and 1,899 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

About PF Growth Partners, LLC

PF Growth Partners, LLC is a franchise division of Planet Fitness. It owns and operates 66 Planet Fitness health clubs with over 500,000 members in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, Florida and the State of Washington. In 2013 PF Growth Partners, LLC was named The Inaugural Franchise of the Year by Planet Fitness Corporate. In 2014 the group was named Planet Fitness Developer of the Year for opening 11 clubs in 12 months, and received the award for Highest BER (Brand Excellence Review) by Planet Fitness Corporate. In 2015 the group was again named Planet Fitness Developer of the Year by Planet Fitness Corporate. In 2016 the group received the Judgement Free Generation award for its exceptional work with the local Boys and Girls Clubs in Tennessee by Planet Fitness Corporate.

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