I belong to Golds Gym. I don't use free weights too much now but the Golds I belong to has a better selection of machines and better quality of equipment overall and has more space to move around than the new Planet Fitness that just opened in my town. PF has a whole lot of cardio equipment but the other machines seem to be a little crowded in along a side wall. Something about the overall vibe of PF is a bit off too. I wish my Golds was a bit more social but PF seemed overly chummy. One thing about Golds is that if you're in need of advice here and there you can ask someone because so many there are serious about their workouts .The members of this PF seemed to be there more to socialize than anything. I am a social person too but its important to me to get a good workout in and have people around that I can ask for advice from time to time. Lastly the staff at PF just seems to be there but I have always found the staff at Golds to be helpful .So the cost for Golds is now about $23 a month and PF is $10 a month.