If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds or get in better shape in 2015, please choose a gym or fitness club with care, and before committing to membership, review the contracts. Look closely at the facilities, contractual requirements and fees before you join. Also be very wary of advertisements offering a ‘free’ membership. Often, consumers who have been enticed by the promise of a free month’s membership end up signing long-term, costly contracts.
In addition, do the following:
- Visit the gym during the hours you intend to use it to see if it’s overcrowded. Are the facilities well-maintained and clean? Note the condition of the equipment.
- Inquire about a trial period. Is there some time allowed for you to sample the equipment and services without any obligation to join?
- How many members does the facility have? Some gyms have no membership limits. While it might not be crowded when you visit, it might be packed after a membership drive or during peak hours.
- What about hours of operation? Some gyms restrict women’s use to certain days, and men’s to others. Moreover, some may limit lower-priced memberships to specific hours.
- Ask about the trainers and instructors. Some gyms hire instructors and trainers who have special qualifications. If you’re looking for a professional to help you, ask about gym staff qualifications and experience.
With 6 locations in the Carolinas, In Motion Fitness is not just another local gym! We offer group fitness classes, personal training, massage & physical therapy, nutrition & meal planning, and many other fitness and health services. To find out how we can help you get into shape, contact us today.