So there's a Planet Fitness opening up in my town. It's pretty close to my house and they have a $10-a-month deal, which fits my budget. Yeah, yeah, I know about the lunk alarm. I make very little noise when I lift, and I want people to ignore me. So I figured I could probably stay under the radar. Plus, it's time for me to re-up with the university gyms I've been using and I figured there's never gonna be a better time to check out Planet Fitness. So I just called to ask about some real basic stuff. I won't bore you with all the details, but here are the highlights -- This place will not have any squat racks or power racks, because "corporate" is eliminating them in the name of reducing liability. Something to keep in mind for anyone who's already using a PF. Similarly, they do not allow deadlifts, for reasons of safety. This is supposedly a new policy as well. They may or may not allow overhead lifts -- what the guy said was something like "as long as you don't load it up with two plates or something it'll be okay." I was polite and kept telling him "I'm cool with the 'judgment free zone' idea, and I don't make much noise and I'm nice and I don't want to bother anybody." Didn't help. Their thinking seems to be "anyone who wants to lift heavy is a neanderthal who's gonna make a ton of noise, try to intimidate everyone, and will probably cause accidents." Maybe the dude doesn't believe that, but his comments indicated that this is the line of reasoning they give. The most annoying thing was, he kept telling that I'd be just fine with their array of machines. I told him (several times) "this isn't gonna be a good option for me." We parted amicably, and I managed to avoid insulting him. But damned if I'm gonna sign up.