Angie's List: Read your contract before joining a gym - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Angie's List: Read your contract before joining a gym

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:00:17 GMT
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>

Getting in shape is always a popular New Year's resolution. And one way to do that is by joining a gym. But you may be asked to sign a contract. Before you sign on the dotted line, there are some questions you should ask yourself.

Picking a gym can be a workout. Different facilities have various specialties and prices – all which can be overwhelming to the consumer. Additionally, many gyms may require you sign a contract.

 "If getting fit is the top of your New Year Resolution list, be sure you understand what you are signing yourself up for before you sign up for a gym, especially if you haven't been an avid fitness person before. You want to make sure your contract has flexibility in case you change your mind," says Angie Hicks from Angie's List.

Read the document carefully and don't sign it immediately. Take the contract home and take the time to make sure you understand the fine print, including what happens if you break it. If you do change your mind, most states provide specific gym and health club cooling-off protections for consumers, typically ranging from three to five days. If you're hesitant about getting into a long-term commitment, consider a club or classes that don't require a contract. Many centers offer contract-free plans with access to many amenities.

"Our membership benefits include free babysitting while you work out, six months free wellness coaching. We also have group exercises classes that are complimentary with your membership and anything from Zumba to cycling to water aerobics, says Gym Spokesperson Linda Martin.

 "If you're interested in starting a fitness routine this year, but don't know what's going to work best for you, ask for some trial passes at a gym. Go with a friend on a buddy pass. You might find just buying the treadmill and having it at home, which has worked well for me over the years, might be your best bet," says Hicks. 

 "We really want to get members engaged right away so some of the mistakes we see is they don't take advantage of all of the complimentary things that we offer with the membership," says Martin. 

Another tip: Ask how an injury or move to a new area might affect your contract. Some gyms allow members to suspend or cancel a membership in the case of an injury or permanent disability, while others may not. And remember, before starting any fitness program talk first to your doctor.

 

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.