Is the Gym Open Today? Martin Luther King Jr. Day Hours at Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, Equinox and More

Today (January 20) is Martin Luther King Day—a day to honor the civil rights leader. The holiday takes place on the third Monday in January every year.

In 1983, legislation was signed to mark the birthday of Dr. King as a federal holiday. It was first observed in 1986. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal holiday also serves to inspire Americans to serve their community. Its website says that in all 50 U.S. states, citizens deliver meals, refurbish schools and community centers, and collect food and clothing.

In 1994, the U.S. Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and appointed the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading the effort. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service and is known as a "day on, not a day off."

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Martin Luther King Jr., gives his "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd before the Lincoln Memorial during the Freedom March in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. The widely quoted speech became one of his most famous. Bettmann / Getty Images

However, as Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, some businesses might choose to close. Is your gym one of them?

Gym Opening Hours on Martin Luther King Day

24 Hour Fitness: According to its website, most 24 Hour Fitness clubs operate reduced hours so that its team members can celebrate with their families on holidays. Check with your nearest location for opening hours on January 20.

Anytime Fitness: According to Fitness Membership Prices, Anytime Fitness opens 24 hours, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Check out the nearest gym to confirm

Club One: Check with your local Club One Fitness gym for its opening times

Crunch Fitness: Opening times on Martin Luther King Day depend on the location—look up your nearest one here

Curves International: As the company operates a franchise model, each location will have different hours for federal holidays. Check your local gym for more information here

Equinox Fitness: Check with your nearest gym or hotel for more information

Gold's Gym: As the business runs franchises, check with your nearest gym for opening times. You can find your nearest one on its website

LA Fitness: According to an archived blog post, all LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klub remain open—maintaining normal operating hours—on Martin Luther King Day

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Stock image: Most gyms open on Martin Luther King Day but it's always best to check ahead before turning up in your gym gear. iStock

Orangetheory Fitness: Check your local gym for opening hours, as each one might have its own rules for federal holidays

Planet Fitness: According to some of its locations, Martin Luther King Day hours are as normal. However, check your local gym for more information

Snap Fitness: Each location might operate different hours, but the majority of gym locations operate 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year

Town Sports International: These East Coast gyms are open 24 hours a day, but check ahead of time to ensure operating times remain as normal

Youfit: Check your nearest gym for operating hours on Martin Luther King Day