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Planet Fitness will open first Baltimore gym Wednesday

Planet Fitness, known for a "no judgment" atmosphere, will open its first Baltimore city facility Wednesday.

The gym at 5201 Belair Road is one of 800 Planet Fitness locations nationwide -- and 25 in Maryland --  all run by franchise owners and billing themselves as low-cost health club alternatives designed to promote general fitness. 

"We believe no one should ever feel Gymtimidated by Lunky behavior and that everyone should feel at ease in our gyms, no matter what his or her workout goals are," the company's website says. "And everyone should have access to lots of nice new equipment and feel comfortable asking for help."

The gym offers two membership types. For $10 a month, members get a t-shirt, unlimited fitness training and access to a home club. For $19.99 a month, they can use other locations and services such as tanning and massage chairs.

The 4 p.m. opening of the Belair Road facility will feature an appearance by Danni Allen, winner of season 14 of "The Biggest Loser."

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