Yeah, my gym is great because it has a lot of free weights that go up to really high weights, squat racks, bench press barbells, etc. I'm currently maxing out the weight on the leg extension machines (250 -270 lbs), and I've been considering going back to squats. I already know that squats are basically essential for overall strength, but weighted lunges have helped me with being able to run and walk faster. Moreover, squats make me worried about my knees, so I've been sticking with lunges for a long while now. I used to do squats regularly, but switched to lunges because I'm worried about my knees and back.For sure. I go to a hardcore strength training gym and you get used to seeing stuff that would draw stares at a regular gym. Having done a fair amount of traveling and lifting at gyms all over the country it's rare to see anything impressive at your average commercial gym.
Planet Fitness would be an okay beginner gym. If that's what it takes to get someone going that's great. But if you put in any real effort you would outgrow the equipment within a year or two and would need to move on to keep progressing.