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The Dad Bod Is Back: Planet Fitness Spotlights The Ultimate Symbol Of Confidence And Body Positivity With Fifth Annual Survey Results – PRNewswire

Posted: June 22, 2021 at 1:53 am


HAMPTON, N.H., June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, is once again shining a spotlight on an iconic body type the "dad bod." As home of the Judgement Free Zone, Planet Fitness encourages everyone to embrace themselves as they are, and for a fifth year in a row and just ahead of Father's Day new insights from a national study* highlight how American men and women feel about the body type that's defined the art of fatherhood for five straight years.

In 2017, the inaugural "dad bod" study uncovered that nearly seven in 10 women (69 percent) find dad bods attractive, and 64 percent of men with dad bods were comfortable and confident in their own skin. Today, those same figures continue to climb, with 69 percent of men with dad bods noting they are confident and comfortable with their physique, and 70 percent of women (and 52 percent of men) proclaiming they are (still) attracted to men with the body type.

But, despite a growing affinity for and universal acceptance of the body type among women (72 percent), half of all men with dad bods (50 percent) feel judged by others for their bodies a number that's jumped 10 percent since just last year alone.

When it comes to fatherhood, however, one of the unanticipated impacts of this past year is how the role of "dad" has changed for the better. The 2021 study found that the pandemic undoubtedly brought fathers closer to their families. Nearly nine in 10 (88 percent) dads feel that they have become better parents to their children because of the pandemic, and a majority of fathers agree that their relationships with their kids (84 percent) and partner (74 percent) have only gotten stronger, as well. In the end, four in five dads (80 percent) are simply grateful for the extra time spent with their kids and families.

Additional insights surrounding men with dad bods whether they're lifting weights at the gym or lifting toddlers out of car seats include:

"Fitness is all about being happy and healthy in your own skin, not worrying about what others might think, and our fifth annual 'dad bod' survey results prove just that," said Jamie Medeiros, Vice President of Marketing at Planet Fitness. "This Father's Day and beyond, we want to remind everyone that whether you're heading to the gym for the first time or heading to the carpool pick-up lane for the hundredth, all are accepted and welcome at Planet Fitness."

Planet Fitness encourages everyone to stay active and healthy at a pace that's right for them, and its top priority is keeping its members and employees safe. The company continues to implement numerous enhanced COVID-19 safety and sanitization protocols at its well-ventilated and spacious clubs, such as:

For more information on Planet Fitness and to find a club near you, visit http://www.PlanetFitness.com.

*Online survey conducted by Kelton Global to 1,005 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

About Planet FitnessFounded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of March 31, 2021, Planet Fitness had more than 14.1 million members and 2,146 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

SOURCE Planet Fitness, Inc.

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