CHICAGO, IL - January 26,
2012- Each New Year millions of people crowd into gyms armed with willpower and
personal goals toward healthier, more active lifestyles. While it’s exciting to
gear up towards a goal, it’s also important to treat this decision like any
other major purchase. If you’re pledging to lose some pounds this year by
joining a gym, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) provides ten questions to ask before
signing on the dotted line.
membership renew automatically? Many times people who joined a gym didn’t realize that
their contract would renew automatically and that they would have to take
specific steps to cancel their contract.
How can I get out
of my contract? Getting
out of a gym contract isn’t always as easy as getting into one, so make sure
you understand what steps you would need to take to cancel your membership.
What happens if I
have any number of different policies when it comes to how moving will affect
your membership. It might depend on how far away you’re moving and if they have
other locations nearby.
What happens if the
gym goes out of business? Ask the gym to explain what will happen to your money if
they suddenly close down.
Five questions to ask yourself when looking at potential gyms/health clubs:
What are my
Determining your fitness goals in advance will help you select a facility that
is most appropriate for you. If you have a serious health condition, consult
with a medical professional when setting your fitness goals.
Is this location
If the gym is across town, you’ll be less likely to work out. Choose a fitness
club that is convenient to work or home so the location is not a deterrent to
Can I really
afford this every month? Monthly gym fees add up and, after any introductory
periods are over, the price could jump higher than your budget can handle. Do
the math before you join and make sure you can afford a gym membership.
Am I feeling
pressured to join? Do not give in to high-pressure sales tactics to join right away. A
reputable gym will give you enough time to read the contract thoroughly, tour
the facilities, and make an informed decision.
Did I get
everything in writing? Read the contract carefully and make sure that all verbal promises
made by the salesperson are in writing. What matters is the document you
sign, so don’t just take a salesperson’s word for it.
For more advice from BBB
on how to be a savvy consumer all year long, visit www.bbb.org
private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is
to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by
means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising
claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop
and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage
people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.