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Aiming For A Healthier 2015 - Review Those Fitness Center Contracts
Updated December 30, 2014 8:50 AM
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(UNDATED) - As residents look toward 2015, many will start creating New Year resolutions.

Some will have resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. BBB® Serving Central Indiana offers tips for starting the New Year off right without losing money with fitness center contracts.

A fitness center may offer a special introductory fee to attract new members. Be sure to understand the price and timeframe of the special offer. Don't feel pressured to make a commitment during the initial visit. A reputable gym will give you enough time to read the contract thoroughly, tour the facilities and make an informed decision.

Before signing a contract, ask if the gym offers a trial membership. This will allow you to visit and explore the facility during your normal workout schedule. BBB Serving Central Indiana recommends taking a look at BBB Business Reviews of fitness centers in your area before making a decision. Visit bbb.org/indy to find Accredited Businesses you can trust.

If you decide to pursue a membership, BBB Serving Central Indiana recommends you read the contract thoroughly and ask specific questions about the contract and billing:

  • How long is my membership contract?
  • Will it renew automatically?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • In the case of life changing events, such as injury, sickness, or relocation, how will my membership be affected?
  • Is my membership valid at any other gym location?

If the business closes, what will happen with the money and membership I've already paid for in advance?
Keep in mind your right to cancel the contract as provided in the Indiana's Health Spa Services Act. Find out the reasons to cancel the contract on the Indiana Attorney General's website.

Fitness centers aren't for everyone. If you are more interested in diet and weight-loss products, BBB encourages consumers to learn as much as possible about the product before you purchase. The product may be offered at a cheaper rate or a free trial; prices may increase after the initial offer. Be sure to review testimonials, terms and conditions, and refund policy. Be skeptical of exaggerated claims - there are no instant fixes when it comes to weight loss.

Visit bbb.org/indy to find a Business Review on the product manufacturer. Business Reviews show a rating, customer reviews, complaints and government action along with other important information. Before you purchase, check with U.S. Food and Drug Administration at fda.gov. Think about asking your healthcare provider about the effects of the products. Consider exercising and eating healthy as an alternative to diet pills and products.



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