Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
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Lifting All the Things at Planet Fitness Crestline

Ultra running training is probably 25% running, 25% cross training, and 50% mental. For this upcoming fall’s races, I have my running plan nailed down and I’m working on my mental toughness. Which only leaves the one thing I always fall short on—cross training.

I’ll be honest—unless I have someone dragging me out the door, I am the first to skip cross training. Even my daily push up and plank routine is a struggle to maintain (working out is so hard sometimes!). So I was super excited to hear that Planet Fitness Crestline was opening up near me and that B-Metro wanted me to help promote their grand opening.

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B-Metro blog team ready to go!
Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
So much potential in those shiny machines

For those of you who don’t know, Planet Fitness is the perfect gym for those who want a great and inexpensive place to work out. At $10 a month, you can afford to have your gym and race fees and yoga membership and shoes, and eat your cake too. Only don’t eat that entire cake—that defeats the purpose of going to the gym.

I would use Planet Fitness for a very specific goal—to cross train and make myself a stronger runner before I tackle the Pinhoti 100. So I met with Scott, their trainer who offers free Design-Your-Own-Program sessions. That’s right—I said free. As in, it comes with your membership. I told Scott what I was looking for, and he recommended that I strengthen my lower half to power up the hills and run faster on the flats, and then strengthen my upper body with high-rep low-weight workouts. Sounds good to me!

After I got my plan together, I hit the gym floor to learn about the equipment. Here were my torture devices of choice:

Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
Nearby people got a laugh as I figured out how much I could press. Spoiler alert – it wasn’t 150
Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
My own mini-mountain!
Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
One machine I knew how to use

My hands-down absolute favorite part of Planet Fitness has to be the Black Card Spa. I am the biggest massage-lover you will find—I want my massage to both bring me to tears and completely relax me. I was crazy impressed that their massage chair and hydro massage bed met both of my requirements! Ten minutes in each of them and I was on Cloud 9.

Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
My calves were like, “We love you, painful hug-machine!”
Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
Best part – the massage bed was heated!

Having never been in a Planet Fitness before, I was very pleasantly surprised at what I found. A brand-spanking-new gym, heavenly massage devices, and a price you can’t resist. Now I need to pull the trigger, sign up for a membership, and get serious about cross training. My muscles will thank me!

Planet Fitness Crestline, B-Metro, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon training, 100-miler training
About to fall off in 3…2…1…

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