Planet Fitness headed for Piqua

Expected to cost $5 million

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — As health and fitness continues to be a growing trend in the area, Planet Fitness will be moving into Piqua in this coming new year. They will be joining the array of other health clubs and gyms that Piqua has to offer, like Anytime Fitness, Total Fitness, the Miami County YMCA, and other crossfit and yoga studios.

The move is estimated to be a $5 million project, according to their building permit. They will be located next to Aldi at 1243 E. Ash St.

“We’re excited when a new business comes in,” Justin Sommer, economic development director, said.

With the Piqua community continuing to embrace healthy and active lifestyles — from recently hosting the Miami Valley 2015 Cycling Summit and the League of American Bicyclists naming Piqua a “Bicycle Friendly Community” to having the bike path and holding multiple 5k runs/walks a year — this market may be an attractive one for those invested in fitness.

“Certainly, it complements the things we’re doing as a city,” Sommer said, commenting that they are looking forward to seeing what Planet Fitness can bring to the city.

The franchisee is Matt Glance, and the primary contractor is expected to be Nyman Construction. Nyman Contruction has constructed 19 Planet Fitness clubs that are at or near completion, according to their website. They are also known for other retail construction projects like Orvis and The North Face.

Planet Fitness promotes itself as being affordable and “judgment-free.” According to their website, monthly membership fees range from $10 to $19.99.

The Planet Fitness Mission Statement, according to their website:

“We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and we mean anyone – can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built. Our product is a tool, a means to an end; not a brand name or a mold-maker, but a tool that can be used by anyone. In the end, it’s all about you. As we evolve and educate ourselves, we will seek to perfect this safe, energetic environment, where everyone feels accepted and respected. We are not here to kiss your butt, only to kick it if that’s what you need.”
Expected to cost $5 million

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall