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What to Know Before You Sign Up For a Gym Membership

If you’re planning on joining a gym, make sure you work out your body and not your bank account. Before you make a long-term commitment with a new gym membership, read some advice from NBC 7 Responds.

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    Tips for Gaining New Gym Memberships

    NBC 7's Consumer Bob shares advice for locals looking to join a gym as a part of their new year's resolution. (Published Monday, Jan. 8, 2018)

    It's a common New Year's resolution, to get back in shape with eating better, running or signing up for a gym membership. 

    If you’re planning on joining a gym, make sure you work out your body and not your bank account. 

    Before you make a long-term commitment, NBC 7 Responds has some tips before you sign up for a new gym membership: 



    • Be ready to walk away from a facility if they are pressuring you to sign a contract or make a decision. 

    • Tour the gym at the time of day you plan on working out. Make sure the facility is not too crowded and the equipment you want to use is available. 

    • Ask gym representatives for a trial period membership. Many gyms will give you a temporary pass but some of those passes can automatically turn into a full membership, so know the rules. 

    • Ask about discounts or upgrades if you pay for a full year up front. 

    • Sign up at the end of the month. The gym might be willing to give you a deal if they are trying to hit a monthly quota. 

    • Get your membership deal and pricing in writing and in a contract you can take home and read. If a gym tells customers they cannot take a copy of the contract home, consider this a red flag. 

    • Pay close attention to the rules for canceling your membership contract. Gym memberships can be some of the hardest contracts to break, even if you move out of the area.