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AG Morrisey said consumers should do their research before signing a contract with a fitness center.
Friday, December 27, 2013 - 03:55 Updated 10 weeks ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
“Many people throughout West Virginia will be joining fitness centers as a part of their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in better shape,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “While it’s a good goal to improve your health and get in shape, sometimes consumers get into situations they cannot afford while being locked into a long-term contract.”
Here are some tips to help consumers choose the right fitness center to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions:
- Check with our Office’s Consumer Protection Division and the Better Business Bureau for complaints against fitness centers in the area.
- Make sure the monthly fees fit within your set budget.
- Do research on the facilities before signing a contract. Visit the facility and make sure that the gym fits your fitness needs.
- Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Relatives can provide you with their experiences with gyms they have joined.
- Read the entire contract before signing. Make sure that you understand all of the fees associated with being a member, including but not limited to, enrollment fees, monthly fees, and potential late charges.
- Understand the terms of the membership. Does it automatically renew at the end? Is the contract month-to-month or a longer-term contract? What are the cancellation fees if you should move away or wish to terminate the contract?
If you have questions or concerns about joining a fitness center or want to find out if a particular gym has had any complaints, please contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-368-8808.