Losing weight is one of the mostcommon New Year’s resolutions after enjoying tasty holiday treats. If you’repledging to lose pounds this year by joining a gym, BBB recommends asking somequestions before signing on the dotted line.
Each January, millions crowd intogyms armed with willpower and personal goals looking towards a healthier,active lifestyle. While it’s exciting to gear up towards a goal, consumersshould treat this like any major purchases. BBB receives thousands ofcomplaints about health clubs across North America each year.
“Working out and getting healthyare fantastic goals regardless of the time of year,” says Nancy B. Cahalen,President and CEO of BBB of Central New England. “But consumers who ask theright questions can expect success inside and outside the workout room.”
Five questions to ask the gym:
What are the terms of anyintroductory offers? Gymsoften use special introductory offers to lure in new members. Make sure youunderstand the terms and what price the service will be once the introductoryperiod is over.
Will my membership renewautomatically? Manytimes people join a gym, but don’t consider what happens when the originalcontract runs out. Some gym contracts renew automatically unless they arecancelled.
How can I get out of my contract? Getting out of any contract isn’t always as easy asgetting into one. Make sure you understand what steps are necessary to cancelyour contract.
What happens if I move? Gyms have any number of policies for what happensif you move. It might depend on how far away you’re moving and if they haveaffiliate gyms you could attend.
What happens if they go out ofbusiness? Ask the gym to explain whatwill happen to your money if they go out of business.
Five questions to ask yourselfwhen looking at a prospective gym
What are my fitness goals? Determining your fitness goals in advance will helpyou select the most appropriate facility for your needs. If you have a seriousmedical condition, consult a medical professional when setting your fitnessgoals.
Is this location convenient? If the gym is across town, you’ll be less likely towork out. Choose a fitness club that is convenient for you from work and home.
Can I really afford this? Monthly gym fees add up and after any introductoryperiods are over, the price could jump higher than your budget can handle. Dothe math before you join and make sure you can afford the gym membership.
Am I feeling pressured to join? Do not give into high-pressure sales tactics tojoin right away. A reputable gym will give you enough time to read the contractthoroughly, tour the facility and make an informed decision.
Did I geteverything in writing? Readthe contract carefully and make sure that all verbal promises made by thesalesperson are in writing. What matters is the document you sign, not what youheard.