Tips for Joining a Gym

Want to get healthy this year? Make a resolution to be smart when joining a gym

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013  |  Updated 3:20 PM PDT
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Be Smart When Joining a Gym

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Be Smart When Joining a Gym

When it comes to getting into better shape, you need to be smart when it comes to joining a gym. Consumer Bob reports.
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Ah New Year’s, a time for resolutions promising to be healthier in 2013. But before signing up for a gym membership, make your road to fitness an easy one by following the following tips.

Read the Fine Print
Don’t feel pressured to sign on the spot. Take the contract home and read it over and make sure to see what kind of penalty fees you could face if you decide to leave. After combing through the fine print, rules and regulations then it’s safe to make a decision.

Opt for Short Term

While it might look cheaper to sign up for a year-long contract, short term memberships can ultimately be cheaper. Not only does it give you a chance to get a feel for the gym, it can ultimately be cheaper if you have to stop working out.

Get a Copy of the Contract
After signing the paperwork for your gym of choice, make sure to ask for a copy of the contract. That way if policies change, you have proof of what you agreed to.

View Local Deals
Want to try a gym without committing to a contract? Check out deal sites, such as NBC 7’s The Goods, which typically feature savings for high end facilities this time of year. Some gyms also offer free week memberships, which gives you the chance to try the facility without exceeding your budget.

If you’re still worried about signing up, local legislation should put you at ease. California’s “Health Studio Services Contract Law” also allow you to cancel a contract up to five days after signing it.

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