Spring Break Has Passed, Looking to Stay in Shape for Summer?

You may joined a gym during the winter months to stay warm and in shape, but with the sun shining warmer now, here are some tips for joining a gym or even staying with your current gym membership.

Choosing a gym is a lot like shopping for an apartment: there are a number of features to consider, and you’ll likely find something that meets most of your goals, but not all. Here are a few tips to help you when you’re choosing a fitness club or gym membership.

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Check out new member offers. Many gyms offer introductory specials, discounts, or free months. Be sure you read the fine print, and calculate how much you’re on the hook for paying—monthly or annually— after the special rate ends.

Read the renewal policy. Some gym contracts renew automatically, or a written notice 30 to 60 days before your existing contract expires. Make sure you know how and when you’ll need to approve or cancel a new contract, and add the date to your calendar after you sign up.

Know if there are early termination fees. Many fitness memberships require extra fees if you want to break your contract before your renewal date. Be sure to read these before you choose your gym, so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises.

Take your time to consider your options. Don’t be pressured to choose a membership quickly. A reputable fitness club or gym will give you time to read your contract, and answer any questions you might have.