Get the body you want without feeling the burn in your wallet

The holidays are over and consumers are turning their thoughts toward making 2013 better than 2012. According to, one of the most common New Years’ resolutions is to get fit. Gyms and fitness centers are more than happy to accommodate, offering countless promotions and deals. However, Better Business Bureau advises consumers to consider these tips before signing a contract:

  • Visit  Before signing a contract, research the gym at to see its BBB Business Review, which will show any history of complaints and its BBB rating.

  • Consider your budget. Most facilities charge an up-front membership fee to join and a monthly fee thereafter. In addition, some fitness centers charge an additional fee for certain classes or amenities. It is important to decide beforehand what amount you can comfortably devote to physical fitness.

  • Ask around. Ask friends and family to recommend facilities, and pick a couple that appear to align with your fitness goals and budget. Visit each club on a day and time that you plan to use it to see if you like the equipment, classes, amenities and cleanliness of it. This will also give you a sense of how crowded each club will be at the times you want to access the equipment.

  • Do not give in to sales pressure. Walk away from clubs that pressure you to sign a contract on the spot. BBB recommends taking a sample contract home to review before making a decision.

  • Review the contract before signing. Make sure the contract lists all services and fees, and any promises made by the salesperson. Find out what is included in the monthly fee and what will cost extra.

  • Get membership details. It is vital to understand how long the membership term is, whether it automatically renews and what steps you have to take in order to cancel. Some facilities give customers several days to reconsider after signing the contract.