Is the Gym Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Planet Fitness, Equinox, L.A. Fitness Hours

Most gyms will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday to honor the civil rights leader takes place on the third Monday of January and this year falls on January 18.

Some gyms may be operating on a reduced schedule on the federal holiday and may also be offering modified services because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact your local branch before visiting to confirm the exact hours of operation and any COVID-19 safety measures.

Here we look at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day hours at some fitness chains across the country.

Planet Fitness

Most Planet Fitness gyms are open every day, including on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Most locations are open 24 hours a day, but contact your nearest venue to confirm timings.

Several COVID-19 guidelines have been implemented at Planet Fitness gyms, such as a requirement for all members to wear a face covering. The gym's Crowd Meter app can be accessed to view how many people are at a local branch before you visit.

See more information on COVID-19 safety at the Planet Fitness website.


Contact your local Equinox branch to confirm the exact hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The company has also imposed COVID-19 measures, including temperature checks before entry, mask requirements and advanced booking for all sessions using the Equinox app.

"Touch-free temperature checks will be required upon each entry to the club. If your temperature is higher than 100.4 degrees, or local guidelines, you will not be permitted to access the club for three days from the time of your reading," the company said.

Some locations require members to wear a mask at all times, while other branches allow them to remove their masks when exercising.

Find more information at the Equinox website.

L.A. Fitness

Most L.A. Fitness gyms are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but some have yet to resume operations in the pandemic.

"Happy New Year! If your club is open: Thank you for being a member and dedicating yourself to being healthy this year! If your club is closed: We look forward to our doors opening again as soon as we are permitted and providing you with a safe place to exercise again," the company tweeted in early January.

Typical hours of operation range from 5 a.m to 10 or 11 p.m. local time during the week and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the weekend.

Contact your nearest branch to confirm opening and closing times before visiting.

24 Hour Fitness

Some 24 Hour Fitness gyms have reopened. Contact your local branch to find out the hours of operation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The fitness chain has also introduced COVID-19 safety protocols, including modified hours of operation.

The company said: "Clubs will close overnight to allow for enhanced cleaning," while "some equipment may be powered off or moved to provide ample space to work out safely.

"Classes will meet at modified times and locations to support social distancing," while "dedicated hours will be available at some locations for seniors only."

See more information at the 24 Hour Fitness website.

Gold's Gym

Contact your local Gold's Gym for opening and closing times on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as hours vary by location.

COVID-19 safety measures have been issued at several Gold's Gym locations.

"Many of our gyms have reopened with modified hours to allow for additional cleaning and safety measures throughout the day. Capacity limits for workouts and group exercise classes will be determined based on each gym's state and local guidelines," the company said.

"Some locations may have limited operation of water fountains and locker rooms as an additional safety measure," it added.

For more information, go to the Gold's Gym website.

Anytime Fitness

Most Anytime Fitness gyms are open all year round and 24 hours a day. But they may be operating on a reduced schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so contact your nearest branch for exact hours.

In a statement on COVID safety updated last November, the company said: "All safety guidelines will be made available upon entrance, throughout the gym and via digital platforms. Live and video monitoring of clubs will be implemented by each franchisee to ensure protocols are being followed."

The fitness chain added that all staff were "strongly encouraged to wear masks and gloves at all times whenever provisions are available," while "no contact training and no equipment sharing training sessions" are allowed.

See more information at the Anytime Fitness website.

Crunch Fitness

Some Crunch Fitness gyms are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while others may be operating on a modified schedule. Check your local branch before you set off.

COVID-19 safety measures are in place at all Crunch Fitness gyms. They include contactless check-in using the Crunch app and contactless payment. All staff members will wear face coverings, while guests are recommended to do so.

For more information, go to the Crunch Fitness website.

L.A. Fitness in Georgia March 2020
The exterior of an L.A. Fitness gym in Austell, Georgia, pictured on March 16, 2020. Most gyms are open on Martin Luther King Day but some may be offering modified services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images