How to Join a Gym Without Getting Ripped Off

Gym memberships can be a pain in the ass. In theory, joining a gym should be like buying a car or a house: research, shop around, and ask the right questions. But many first-timers get suckered into paying a lot more money than they should. Here’s how you can avoid overpaying for a gym membership.

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The first factor for most of us is how accessible the gym is.  Getting across town can be a nightmare for traffic.  And the more convenient it is, the more likely you’ll get use of that membership.

Couple of things the article didn’t mention were to look into the local recreation center.  On a similar note, the YMCA/YWCA are non-profit, and often cheaper than a for-profit gym. YMCA/YWCA also have student discounts, senior discounts, and some scholarships for people who need them. They do ask from contribution from time to time, but usually pretty low-key.

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How Gyms Can Trick You Into Buying a Membership

If you’ve ever signed up for a gym membership, but didn’t end up going that often, you were that gym’s ideal customer. Here are some of the clever methods gyms use hook casual costumers into buying a membership.

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What the article missed was: How difficult is it to end your membership?  Some have hoops, some are fairly accommodating.  If it’s automatically debited, find out when the billing period ends.  Then check your statements…

The fee is motivating to me – it makes me want to get some use out for the money.