Business Profile: Planet Fitness

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Planet Fitness managing partner Nancy Kouris (from left) and owner John Mahoney with manager Jennifer Garcia.

Owner: John Mahoney

Year established: 2009

Location: 116 Kroemer Avenue, Riverhead, 31-369-6200; 295 Route 25A, Rocky Point, 631-821-3400; and 250 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-723-3174

Number of employees: 14

Calling itself “the judgment-free zone,” Planet Fitness is a national franchise offering memberships as low as $10 per month, a respectful atmosphere and a friendly workout environment. One of the most innovative health club brands in the United States, Planet Fitness provides a unique, safe and energetic space where anyone can be comfortable and build a lasting, active lifestyle.

In addition to the franchise in Riverhead, owner John Mahoney and managing partner Nancy Kouris own and operate and a Planet Fitness in Hampton Bays, which was started over 10 years ago, and have recently opened a facility in Rocky Point.

Fun events at Planet Fitness facilities nationwide include Pizza Nights, held the first Monday of every month, where over 3,000 pizzas — or 24,000 slices — per year are consumed per year, and Free Bagel Days the second Tuesday of the month. Additionally, Planet Fitness facilities give away 350,000 T-shirts and more than 750,000 Tootsie Rolls every month.

The hassle-free facilities have brand-name, state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment.

“We don’t cater to serious bodybuilders or power lifters,” said Mr. Mahoney. “We encourage a safe, non-intimidating atmosphere where our members, most of whom are first-time gym users, can have fun and enjoy a good workout.”

Planet Fitness facilities are open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.