I found this great article today on smartmoney.com titled “10 Things Your Fitness Club Won’t Tell You.” January is one of the biggest months for gyms because people sign-up hoping to make good on their New Year’s resolutions of shaping up. Unfortunately, a bulk of those new sign-ups throw in the towel within 90 days or so. Out of all of the things on the list, one thing I can vouch for is #5 – “We Won’t Let You Quit.” I had 2 people on my account (including myself) and when trying to close the second account, I spent approximately 30 minutes on the phone refusing discounts, waivers, set-up fees, etc. before I finally got my way. They do whatever it takes to keep you signed up.
If you think giving up the Ben & Jerry’s is tough, try quitting your gym. Trouble canceling membership is one of the top complaints against fitness clubs logged with the Better Business Bureau and states’ attorneys general offices.
While the article may paint joining a gym in a bad light, read it as simply things to be aware of. I can’t knock joining a gym because I think if it is within your budget and you don’t have the motivation, equipment, or whatever else it takes you to get off of the couch, then joining one is not a bad deal. It’s the sticking to it and exercising 3 – 4 times a week or more that is the hard part. Since joining a gym, I have lost weight, I stay motivated, and I find it to be a nice way of having alone time. So while there are things to be weary of, joining a gym isn’t the worse thing you can do to improve your well being.
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