High School Students Can Work Out For Free at Planet Fitness Locations Across The County This Summer

by Patrick Herron

Now through August 31, high school students ages 14-19 can work out for free at all Planet Fitness gyms.  Students can sign up for the free pass at  PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass. Planet Fitness has Montgomery County locations in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Additional details below:

“Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, officially kicks off its High School Summer PassTM program today, opening its doors to high schoolers ages 14 – 19[1] to work out for free this summer through August 31 at any of the more than 2,400 Planet Fitness locations throughout the United States and Canada. Sign up now at PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass or at any Planet Fitness club. Teens under 18 in the U.S. and under 19 in Canada must register with a parent or guardian online or in-club.

Planet Fitness’ third year of the High School Summer Pass program comes at a time when mental and physical health is a top priority for teens and parents. In fact, a national study[2] commissioned by Planet Fitness this April found that while 60 percent of teens haven’t made their health and fitness a priority over the past 12 months, more than four in five (84 percent) feel that there’s never been a better time than now to focus on their health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey[3], 37 percent of high school students reported that their mental health was poor at least most of the pandemic, with teens continuing to face struggles into the present.

Planet Fitness also found that teens are:

  • Looking to Make Healthy Changes. 93 percent of teens want to make healthy changes in their lives to improve their mental (91 percent) and physical (89 percent) health.
    • 59 percent of teens admit that with school and other extracurricular activities, they haven’t had enough time to make exercise part of their daily routine. With academic and extracurricular programs in recess, High School Summer Pass makes it easy for teens to make physical fitness a priority during the summer months.
  • Feeling Self-Conscious. 71 percent of teens admit to sometimes feeling self-conscious while 57 percent confess they struggle with having a positive body image.
  • Setting Consistent Routines. Nearly all teens reported that setting a consistent routine (96 percent), realistic goals (95 percent) and having a place to work out (93 percent) would be beneficial to their fitness journey.
  • Using Buddy Workouts for Motivation. About nine in 10 teens (93 percent) believe that working out with friends would be beneficial and help motivate them. Luckily, High School Summer Pass participants have access to free fitness training from in-club certified trainers[4], along with free workouts designed specifically for high schoolers in the free Planet Fitness App as well as workout plans available at PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass.

The High School Summer Pass program provides all teens a safe space – a truly Judgement Free Zone® – to prioritize their mental and physical wellbeing during a season when school is out and important academic and extracurricular programs such as sports, gym class and after-school activities are paused.

“We’re excited to officially open our doors to high school students today and provide a safe and Judgement Free space for teens to focus on their mental and physical health this summer as part of our High School Summer Pass program,” said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness. “At Planet Fitness, we’re proud of our commitment to give teens free access during the summer so they can develop long-lasting, healthy habits and experience all the benefits of fitness.”

To further motivate high schoolers to prioritize fitness, all participants who sign up are encouraged to enter the Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Contest[5]. Planet Fitness will award 10 lucky teens in the U.S. and Canada with $10,000 individual academic scholarships ($100,000 total) via a TikTok video submission contest. To enter, teens are asked to post a TikTok video tagging @planetfitness using the hashtags #contest and #HSSP23US (U.S. members) or tagging @planetfitnessca using the hashtags #contest and #HSSP23CAN (Canada members) that describes their High School Summer Pass experience. The contest submission period runs through August 31.

Additionally, the top 10 schools on the leaderboard across U.S. and Canada in each tier (as described in the rules) will each receive $10,000! These scholarships can be used to fund athletic equipment, field renovations, physical fitness classes and health and wellness initiatives.

For more information on High School Summer Pass, including how to sign up for the free membership at any of the more than 2,400 Planet Fitness locations in the U.S. and Canada, visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass.”


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