Local Planet Fitness locations offers teens free summer membership

Teens will be able to work out for free all summer as part of a Planet Fitness challenge.

High school teens ages 15 through 18 can work out for free at any of the 1,700 Planet Fitness locations from May 15 through Sept. 1 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge Initiative. The fitness company also will offer free fitness classes specifically geared toward teens Monday through Friday with certified fitness trainers, according to a statement.

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Teens who partake in the challenge will also be entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstake. At the end of the summer, 51 teenagers — one from each state and the District of Columbia — will each win a $500 scholarship. One teen will be offered a $5,000 price.

Other smaller prizes like wireless headphones and movie tickets will be part of Twitter and Instagram challenges throughout the summer.

This is the first nationwide launch of the Teen Summer Challenge, which was first tested last summer in New Hampshire.

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Planet Fitness conducted its own study on teens and their parents, finding that 72 percent think exercise impacts mental health and 47 percent believe it helps them focus on schoolwork, in addition to helping them get in shape.

Nearly 42 percent of the teenagers surveyed said they have poor body image and nearly three in five said they don’t have enough time to make exercise part of their daily routine.

There are Planet Fitness locations on Airway Road in Dayton, Lyons Road in Centerville, Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, Taywood Road in Englewood, Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp., Towne Blvd. in Middletown and Bechtle Avenue in Springfield among others in Cincinnati.


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