Five Tips When Getting a New Gym Membership

January 26, 2017

Keeping San Diego in the top 10 fittest U.S. cities, thousands of San Diegans searched for fitness centers, health clubs and gyms via BBB Business Reviews last year, many right after New Year’s Day.

“Gym memberships skyrocket during January” said Sheryl Reichert, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau.  “Many are aspiring to get back to a healthy lifestyle and register with local health clubs or fitness centers so we want to make sure they know where to start.”    

Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties has the following tips for newcomers to fitness on choosing the optimal space for their workout routines:

  • Evaluate your priorities to determine what support you need to remain motivated.  Are extended hours and a convenient location imperative factors?  Do you desire a diverse range of aerobic classes or equipment?  Are there any specific perks you’d like to have at your disposal?
  • Ask about free trials.  Gyms typically grant a one-week pass for free.  Use it!  This will allow you to test out the space and atmosphere.  You may also consider attending at different times of the day to get a feel for the crowd dynamic.
  • Check for business reviews on more than 15,000 health clubs, fitness centers and gyms.  Inspect what consumers have previously said and how the business responded to them.
  • Calculate the total yearly cost.  Introductory rates generally apply during the “introductory” period in which case, it may be wise to understand what the regular monthly fees will be and include.
  • Understand the terms and conditions before signing.  Contracts should include everything the sales person has verbally stated.  In the case of a company shutdown or contract cancellation, know how this should affect you and your expenses. 

BBB also recommends inquiring with your employer on potential deals with local fitness centers or recreational facilities, and comparing gym membership prices online through ecommerce and online marketplace sites.  For more information, check out the BBB website at or give us a call at (858) 496-2131.


About the Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties opened in 1921.  The non-profit is San Diego’s largest countrywide business membership organization with over 7,000 accredited businesses and charities.  The BBB offers free pre-purchase information and advice to consumers.  Its website possesses business reviews on more than 94,000 local companies. Consumers are encouraged to call the BBB’s 24-Hour Consumer Helpline at 858-496-2131 or visit the website at for a list of BBB Accredited Businesses or to file a complaint against a business.