If you’re considering joining a new gym, there are a few ways you can help ensure you’re joining the best one for you.
First, make sure you get a one week pass to try out the club during the times you will train. Next, ask these questions before you commit to anything.
1. What Does the Membership Cost?
Okay, this one is obvious, but gym memberships are cheaper than ever. It’s easy to see a low monthly rate and sign-up without fully understanding the costs. Read all the fine print and ask any clarifying questions to determine exactly what you’ll be paying every month, especially if you're offered a special that only runs a few months.
2. Is There a Maintenance Fee?
Since the average cost of a gym membership has plummeted over the years, the need to supplement that lost revenue has risen. It’s common for gyms to charge an annual “maintenance fee” to members. This might come up in your discussion of membership, but it’s worth it to ask about this specific fee to find out if it applies.
3. Do I Have to Sign a Contract?
Only one side benefits from contracts, and that side isn’t yours. Some gyms offer a non-contractual, monthly payment option, but be sure to ask what all your options are. Not all gyms require contracts, so don't sign one if you don't want to: You can find a gym that doesn't do contracts.
4. What Are the Cancellation and Freeze Policies?
Make sure you understand what you’re facing if you decide to tap out. Freeze policies generally allow you to take a bit of time off from the gym, but various policies will limit the amount of time, ask for a doctor’s note, and/or express whether you have to continue paying during that time. It’s well worth it to understand these policies before you join.
5. Does This Gym Have a Good or Bad Reputation?
It’s easy to get stuck on the low cost of a gym membership and sign yourself up for a year at the nearest treadmill factory. It’s best to get a reference from someone who shares your goals, or at the very least look up reviews online. Read through multiple reviews if possible so you can get a sense of general issues (or positives) about the gym in question.
6. Does the Gym have Certified/Experienced Trainers? What are the Package Options?
The Fitness Lab currently has two staffed trainers who are certified and experienced. If you are wanting to find out package prices and options, please give our gym a call and ask for the package deals! Or you can come into the gym and look at our very own package binder.