Signing up for a gym membership is easy - pay here, sign there. It never takes long. But have you ever tried getting out of a gym membership contract? It’s not always simple. Before you sign up with just any gym, know who you’re dealing with. Visit bbb.org for a comprehensive BBB Business Profile that includes consumer reviews, complaint information and other details that may help you making a decision. And for those in California, know the laws that are in place to protect you.What to know about California Law: The contract. All gym membership contracts must be in writing, and the gym must give you a copy when you sign up. The term cannot exceed three years, which means lifetime contracts are not allowed. Be sure to read every part of your contract carefully before signing. If a gym representative makes you any special offers when you’re signing up, be sure they are included in your contract. Your right to cancel. Even after you sign your contract, you have five days to cancel. You must give your notice to cancel in writing by mailing a letter to the business. The gym then has 10 days to give you a refund. If you pay more than $1500 you may have additional time to cancel. Learn more about additional cancellation times at the California Department of Consumer Affairs website at dca.ca.gov. Prior to cancelling a contract, you must be up to date on all membership fees and fees for any services you have used during that time. Membership fees. All fees, not including interest or finance charges, may not be more than $4,400 over the course of the contract, and a gym cannot require that you make payments for longer than the term of the contract. If you move. You have the right to cancel your contract at any time if you move farther than 25 miles away from the gym you signed up with, and if there is no gym available for transfer within 25 miles of your new residence.Additional things to consider. Of course when picking a gym or fitness center, you should also consider things like how far it is from your work or home, what kind of classes they offer, and the cleanliness of the equipment and bathrooms. Consider asking for a week’s trial before signing a contract, or asking other members how they feel about the services offered. Click here to learn more about gym membership contracts or contact your local Better Business Bureau at bbb.org.