The following is BBB general information and is not intended as a report on any specific company.
Before choosing a health club, consider these tips:
1. Shop around. Find a club that is convenient for you to access and will meet your needs.
2. Visit a club at the time you would normally be using the facility. This will help you to determine how busy the club will be when you will most likely be using it.
3. Make sure the club offers the type of equipment and/or classes that you desire.
4. Check for cleanliness and properly maintained equipment.
5. Ask about the qualifications of the instructors.
6. Talk to other members. Some clubs may seem intimidating to beginners, so make sure the atmosphere of the club feels comfortable to you.
When you have decided on a club, consider this advice:
1. Check with the Better Business Bureau to find out whether complaints have been filed against the company.
2. Don't be pressured into signing a contract right away; take a copy home and read it carefully.
3. Find out if the contract contains a refund policy. For example, if you move, become disabled or just want to stop using the facility, can you get a refund or get out of your contract? This question is especially important if you choose a long-term membership.
4. Ask if the contract contains a "cooling-off" period.
5. Determine the monthly fees and decide if joining will be a wise investment.
6. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The more you know about what you are about to sign, the better off you will be in the long run.