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Getting Fit: Tips for Joining a Gym

Getting Fit: Tips for Joining a Gym - The Beacon


By: Amanda

Getting Fit: Tips for Joining a Gym

One of the most common resolutions for this and every year is to live healthier. For some, that may mean joining a gym, fitness club or other similar facility. Choosing the right facility may be the difference between success and failure. In order to help you choose one that is right for you, check out the following tips from your BBB®.

1.Shop around. Ask friends, co-workers and/or your physician for any recommendations they have, and look for reviews online. You may also want to check with your BBB to see whether or not the facility has any complaints against it.

2. Visit the facility. Once you have your options, visit each facility at the time of day when you’d be using it most often. Look to see how many people are working out at that time. Observe the environment to ensure that you’ll be comfortable working out there. In addition, you may wish to note the cleanliness of the facility and the condition of the equipment.

3. Ask questions. Find out how many members they have and whether or not there is a limit. If you are looking for professional help toward your fitness goals, you may want to ask about the qualifications of their trainers or instructors, and if the classes they teach will cost extra.

4. Find out if there is a trial period. Can you try the facility out before signing a contract?

5. Read the contract carefully. Resist any high pressure tactics that insist you sign without reading it. When reading the contract, be sure that all the things told to you by the salesperson are contained in the contract. Make sure to understand the cancellation policy. If you need to cancel the membership due to an injury or a move, you’ll want to know the terms and conditions of cancellation, and whether or not you can get a refund for any unused portion of your membership. Finally, breaking down the membership dues into monthly, weekly or even daily amounts to get a better idea of what you will be paying for use of the facility so you can be sure that you can afford it. If the rate you signed up for is a “special offer” or “introductory price” make sure you know how much the membership will be after that time has passed.

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Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.