Teens can boost physical, mental health for free this summer at Planet Fitness

May 7, 2023, 8:14 PM | Updated: May 15, 2023, 1:59 pm

Planet Fitness...

Planet Fitness

(CNN) — On their break from hitting the books, teens can hit up any one of Planet Fitness’s gyms to boost their physical and mental well-being all summer long — for free. No cap.

The fitness center franchiser and operator, which runs 2,400 gyms in the US and Canada, has launched its third year of its High School Summer Pass program during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Touted as a way to keep high schoolers active during summer in a “fun, safe and judgment-free zone,” the annual program is open to teens aged 14 to 19.

No gym class for three months? No problem. Included in the summerlong freebie: exercise plans tailored to their age group and workouts with certified trainers.

A Wired Research survey commissioned by and for Planet Fitness found teens want to make positive, healthy lifestyle changes: 75% of surveyed teens said they’re “ready and willing” to start working out at the gym.

For those in need of a little motivation, Planet Fitness is throwing in an incentive. Ten teens participating in the program could win $10,000 individual academic scholarships through a TikTok video contest. They have to share an online clip describing their High School Summer Pass experience to be considered.


A boost to teens’ mental and physical wellbeing


Data reveal teens struggle with their overall wellness. It’s a key reason Planet Fitness launched the program, which enrolled 3.5 million high schoolers last year, the company said.

Around 22% of 12 to 19-year-olds in the US are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which labels childhood obesity as a serious health problem.

Kids between 5 and 17 years old should be moderately or vigorously active with mostly aerobic exercise for at least an hour a day to reap the physical and mental health benefits, the World Health Organization recommends.

This year’s High School Summer Pass launch during Mental Health Awareness Month is no accident. Planet Fitness program organizers want teens to make both mental and physical wellness a priority while their academic, extracurricular and after-school activities are on pause, according to the company’s news release.

The CDC’s 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 29% of high schoolers suffer from poor mental health — and the percentage has steadily increased since the survey was first conducted in 2011.

The Wired Research survey s found 61% of teens face mental health struggles.

Physical activity has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms in young people, according to a 2020 British Medical Journal study.

Planet Fitness referenced 2020 research from the Human Kinetics Journal, which found students who exercised enough performed better in school compared to those who didn’t.

Teens can register now before free club access starts May 15, and those under 18 have to sign up with a parent or guardian, Planet Fitness said in the news release. The program runs through August 31.

The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2023 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros. Discovery Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live


A warning sign at Willard Bay State Park warning visitors about  potential dangers in the water. (K...

Brianna Chavez

Pet owner asking others to stay cautious when taking their pets to local reservoirs

Despite the end of summer, a Brigham City woman is calling on pet owners to stay cautious when taking their furry family to revisors.

21 hours ago

FILE: The new Utah State Correctional Facility. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...

Dan Bammes

Housing unit quarantined after scabies outbreak at state correctional facility

Inmates in one housing unit at the Utah State Correctional Facility were quarantined this week because of an outbreak of scabies.

1 day ago

Jennifer and Mike Roe apartment...

Ken Fall

As fall begins, look inside the house to avoid dangerous falls

National Fall Prevention week coincides with the beginning of autumn. It’s the best time to ensure your loved ones are safe in their home.

2 days ago

FILE - COVID-19 antigen home tests indicating a positive result are photographed in New York, April...

Will Weissert

Biden administration announces $600M to produce COVID tests and will reopen website to order them

The Biden administration has announced that it is providing $600 million in funding to produce new at-home COVID-19 tests and allowing Americans to order up to four free tests per household.

3 days ago

Menstrual products...

Katija Stjepovic

Utah non-profit’s goal is to make menstrual products available for free at work

The Utah period project has been successful in making menstrual products available in places like public K-12 schools and higher education.

4 days ago

The statue of Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp in front of the Deseret Hospital at "This is the Place Herit...

Karah Brackin

This is The Place Heritage Park honors one of the first female doctors in Utah with a statue

A statue of one of the first female doctors in Utah was dedicated at "This is The Place Heritage Park."

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

rodeo contestant on a saddle bronc...


Get Ready for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo!

The Days of '47 Rodeo is a series of events everyone in the family can enjoy, with world-class rodeo contestants vying for the gold medal.

Electric LED Lightbulb Change In Light At Home...

Lighting Design

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Lighting

This guide explores indicators that suggest it’s time for a lighting upgrade with tips to make an informed decision when you’re ready to buy. 

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Teens can boost physical, mental health for free this summer at Planet Fitness