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Planet Fitness Tanning: Full Guide

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One of the easiest ways to look more attractive or muscular is by getting a tan. However, going to the beach or pool is not always an option depending on where you live. Not to mention that it can be a massive time sink. This is where Planet Fitness Tanning beds can be helpful.

One of the biggest benefits of being a Planet Fitness member is that they offer tanning beds and tanning booths at most of their facilities. This way you can work out and get your tan all at the same place.

In this guide, we will break down everything you need to know about Planet Fitness tanning so that you are ready when you go in.

How Does Planet Fitness Tanning Work?

Here are the basics that you should know:

Location Availability

Unlike some other Planet Fitness perks, nearly every Planet Fitness gym that you go to should have some type of tanning equipment available. However, just keep in mind that Planet Fitness is a nationwide chain so you may want to confirm if you are vising Planet Fitness for the first time.

Some locations will have tanning beds (horizontal) while others will have tanning booths(vertical). Either option will work but the booths are thought to be more powerful.

Membership Requirements

Along with saunas and managers, tanning facilities are yet another perk reserved for Planet Fitness black card holders. The black card will cost $10 a month more than a regular Planet Fitness membership so $20 a month total.

If you take everything into account, this is a pretty good deal. Most tanning companies charge more than $10 a month for access to their equipment.

Use Limit

Technically, there is no limit to how many times you can use the Planet Fitness tanning equipment. As long as you are a black card holder, you can use it everyday if you like. However, it is not safe to use it that much.

How To Use A Tanning Bed At Planet Fitness?

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Using the tanning beds at Planet Fitness is a fairly simple process. Here is everything that you need to know.

Things You Will Need

  • Goggles: To get in the machine, it is a requirement that you wear goggles to protect your eyes. Sunglasses will not cut it, you can purchases the goggles at Planet Fitness or just buy some online. Either way, these goggles are cheap and can be worn every time you go tanning.
  • Clothing (Optional): With tanning beds, you have the option to wear as many or as few clothes as you want. You can go in completely naked if you want. In fact, this is what many people do to avoid tan lines. Do not worry about privacy, the staff at Planet Fitness is very professional and will ensure that you have a space to dress or undress.
  • Sunscreen (Optional): Sunscreen will provide protection against the more harmful UV rays without impacting the results of the tan by much. It is not a requirement but is recommended.

Tell A Planet Fitness Staff Member You Would Like To Tan

First, you need to let a staff member that you would like to tan so that they can make the necessary arrangements to get the tanning bed ready.

Put Goggles On

Before entering the machine, put your goggles on and do not take them for the entire duration of the tan. This would also be the time to switch into whatever clothes you are going to wear or not wear in the tanning bed.

Step In

Once everything is ready, simply tell the staff member how long you would like to be inside. You can stay inside for 9 minutes but usually, 2-5 minutes should be plenty.


Do your best to not cover your body with arms while you tan and to stay still to ensure an even tan. Wait for the timer to off before exiting.

Get Out

Once the timer goes off, get out and get dressed. You are now free to go.

Planer Fitness Tanning Rules

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As we have shown, the use of the tanning beds and booths at Planet Fitness is fairly simple. However, just keep in mind to follow these basic rules and you should be good to go:

  • Only Adults: You must be 18 or older to use one of the tanning beds
  • Need Black Card: You must be a black card holder to use the tanning equipment in their gyms
  • Planet Fitness Staff Must Be Present: A Planet Fitness staff member must be present while you are using the machine
  • Goggles: You must wear goggles to use the tanning beds at Planet Fitness

Should I Tan Before Or After My Workout At Planet Fitness?

There is no hard rule for whether tanning before or after your workout is better. In theory, tanning before your workout will help warm up your muscles and help you loosen yourself up.

However, what usually happens is that a session in the tanning bed will make people feel relaxed or drowsy. This is the opposite of what you want for your workout.

So feel free to try out both but most people would likely prefer to use the tanning beds after their workout.

How Often Should I Use The Planet Fitness Tanning Beds?

As we already have mentioned, you can use the tanning beds at Planet Fitness as many times a you want. However, you probably only be using them 2-3 times a week.

This is still more than enough to get a great tan but it will also prevent any overexposure to harmful UV rays.

Planet Fitness Tanning Beds Member Experience

Bottom Line

Tanning beds are an easy and convenient way to get a great, glowing tan without having to go to the pool or beach. If you are already a Planet Fitness black card holder, you may as well take advantage of the tanning facilities available at Planet Fitness as well.

Just keep in mind that with tanning beds it is often the case that less is better. Just a little bit of time in the tanning bed goes a long way and does not overexpose you to UV rays.


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