Teens recorded 17 million workouts at Planet Fitness locations nationwide from May to September, laying the foundations for long-term healthy habits with a leader in fitness
Hampton, New Hampshire, September. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/- Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisees and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, has announced that more than 3.5 million high school students have signed up for a summer high school ticket. The program, recording 17 million exercises over three and a half months. The Summer High School Ticket took place from May 16 through August 31, as Planet Fitness opened its doors to high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 to work for free at any of its more than 2,300 locations in the United States and Canada.
Throughout the pandemic, many students were unable to reach a place to exercise or reduced their physical activity due to virtual school and social isolation. Planet Fitness’s High School Summer Entry Pass came at a critical time when high school students were feeling the emotional and physical burden of the pandemic.
As a matter of fact:
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than 40 percent of teens said they felt constantly sad or hopeless during 20211.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency room visits to suicide attempts in early 2021 for adolescents ages 12 to 17 increased by 31 percent compared to 20192.
Research published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that new diagnoses of type 2 diabetes rose by 77 percent among young people (ages 8 to 21) during the first year of the epidemic.
Chris Rondo, CEO of Planet Fitness, said: “The success of the high school summer ticket program reinforces that this generation is striving to reach fitness to make their physical and mental health a priority.” “We are delighted that more than 3.5 million high school students have taken the lead for the activity this summer. There are many benefits to physical activity, including managing stress, reducing anxiety, and improving performance at school. After joining the gym for the first time. When I was 16 years old, fitness enabled me to develop healthy habits for life that have benefited me in many ways throughout my life. We look forward to welcoming these students to the free zone to rule for years to come.”
In a 4 survey of nearly 10,000 High School Summer Pass participants from teens and their parents, Planet Fitness revealed the impact of the record-setting summer program.
Jumpstart your health. This summer marks the first time that two-thirds (67%) of respondents have entered any fitness club, to present how today’s youth can start exercising now for a healthier tomorrow.
Mood rate. 88 percent of teens share their overall mood improvement after exercise, while 76 percent feel happy after exercise specifically.
Nearly nine in ten (86 percent) of parents say the High School Summer Pass program has opened doors to connect with their teens about overall wellness.
Good summer sweat. Three-quarters (75 percent) of parents admit that their teenage children would not have been physically active without a summer high school ticket, especially the impact of school sports programs, gym classes, and after-school activities during the summer.
Family fitness: Four-fifths (82 percent) of parents reported that watching their teen workouts inspired other family members to increase their physical activity, with more than half (58 percent) parents exercising with their teens this summer.
“This experience has changed not only my mental health, but also my physical health. I chose to live a healthier lifestyle in January of 2022, and this gym membership really helped me stay on track with my healthy and fitness journey,” he said.
Aliyah C., 19, who participated in the High School Summer Pass program at her local club in North Carolina, noted “When I discovered that Planet Fitness was giving teens free access to gyms during the summer, I was very excited and finally found the motivation I needed to keep going. I lost 20 pounds and never felt better.”
Finally, all teens in the United States and Canada who have automatically registered for The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass lottery contest have been entranted. Planet Fitness will award a $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia) and one grand prize of $5,000. These scholarships can be used for academic or sports activities or programs. Winners will be notified this month.