Planet Fitness's motto is that they're a 'judgement free zone.' But newsflash: that's not really true, and we all know it, sadly.

A new survey from PR Newswire found a lot of us would LIKE to join a gym to get in better shape. But we're too embarrassed to walk our flabby bodies in there and get judged by everyone.

So we won't join a gym UNTIL we get in better shape.

  • 62% of people said they've worked out to prepare for a gym membership before.  Which makes sense if you're just dipping your toe in and trying to start slow.
  • But 45% of those people admitted it was because they were too embarrassed to show up at the gym SO out of shape.
  • If you do the math, that means 28% of Americans wouldn't join a gym until they were in somewhat decent shape. So there's a chicken-or-the-egg dynamic going on.

The survey also found two-thirds of us have tried to get in shape for a vacation before.  And over a quarter of people would have skipped a vacation in the past if they hadn't lost weight first.