A significant force in the South African Health Club industry!
In Planet Fitness gyms
It’s not about having a body that’s thinner, or faster, or stronger than the person next to you
It’s about knowing there’s a place where everybody is welcome
It’s not just about working out, it’s about working through it with someone who can help
It’s not just about having someone to spot you, it’s about helping you see your potential
It’s not just about having someone next to you, it’s about knowing that someone is there for you
It’s not about regular classes, it’s about learning more about your body every day.
Our clubs are friendly places. It doesn’t make a difference what shape you’re in, because you’ll always fit in. Our facilities are world-class, immaculate and our services are always innovative. We value and respect our member’s needs at all times and take ownership of requests and challenges. We strive to educate our members on a healthy lifestyle and treat our members with integrity.
Planet Fitness was launched in October 1995 with the uncompromising vision of becoming the preferred health club group in South Africa. Since then, we have enjoyed a sustained period of vibrant growth.
We currently have 23 health clubs located in the Western Cape and Gauteng with plans in place to roll out to Kwa-Zulu Natal.
About our CEO, Manny Rivera
It’s about entrepreneurial Spirit! The standards this entrepreneur set for himself and the unflinching desire and determination to succeed are evident. Manny demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity and the ability to overcome obstacles and take risks in the face of uncertainty.
The charismatic Manny Rivera has been in the health and fitness business for over 20 years. He started his career at Bally Total Fitness in the United States of America, where he eventually became an executive in charge of the NYC Manhattan region. Bally is today one of the largest health club chains in the world.
In 1989, Rivera came to South Africa to do consultancy work for various groups, including the Sports Connection, but ended up settling here permanently after marrying a beautiful South African lady. After a few years in the country, Rivera identified a gap in the local health and fitness market and decided to start his own chain of health clubs. This was during the days of the Health and Racquet group, then a very dominant player in the health and fitness market, and Rivera’s ideas were to say the least, scoffed at. However, Rivera had an unflinching conviction that his ideas could work.
Importantly, Rivera not only had raw passion but sheer determination as well, to turn his vision into a reality. Rivera remembers that to open the first Planet Fitness 10 years ago in Benoni, he and his colleagues had to work 18 hours a day, almost 7 days a week. It was that tough, remembers Rivera, and they were new in the market, this made it doubly difficult for them, he says.
18 years later, Planet Fitness now stands at 23 health clubs, one premium health club and are on the brink of launching a new low cost budget chain. Notwithstanding the rapid growth of our group to date, Manny and the rest of our Directors fully appreciate that expansion has to be controlled – and that this factor will be crucial to the future success of their business.
Ultimately, it remains a question of building solid foundations and making sure that market demands are met with only the best facilities and service professionalism. It is indeed an exciting time for Planet Fitness as we move into a new phase of development and we eagerly look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. There are great things to come – we invite you to join us on our adventure!
We’ll help you every step of the way
We all know that starting an exercise program is not easy… We promise to be right beside you every step of the way. From the moment you join us, we pledge to help you identify and achieve your personal fitness goals. We will start you off with a complimentary induction session to ensure that you are comfortable and know how to use all the equipment within your chosen club.