Tips on Choosing a Work-Out Facility

Are you looking for a place to work-out?  Whether you are working out to improve your fitness or your “beach body,” finding a place that is both comfortable and affordable can be a challenge.  According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, nearly 33 million people are members of some 17,000 health clubs in the U.S. today.  Some may be happy with their choice of gym, but others may not be.  To avoid any potential headaches or problems, it is best to do your homework before you commit to any sort of contract.  The Federal Trade Commission and your BBB have these tips:

  1. Inspect the facility.  Visit the facility during the time you would work-out.  See how many people use it at that time, check for cleanliness and note the condition of the equipment.
  2. Ask about Trial periods.  Can you sample their services before joining?
  3. Get more information.  Find out how many members they currently have and if there is a limit.  Find out the hours of operations and about their instructors/trainers. 
  4. Review the contract.  Before you sign a contract, review it carefully.  Are all the terms the salesperson informed you about contained in the contract? Is there a “cooling-off” period?  Do they have a cancellation policy? If so, what are the terms? Will they give you a refund for any unused time?  Can you afford the payments?
  5. Check out the business with your BBB.
About Amanda 202 Articles
Amanda is the Director of Investigations & Information Services 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 and writes our accredited business newsletter.

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