Things to remember before signing up for a gym membership
Toledo, OH. (WNWO)-- If fitness is a part of your new year's resolution, you're not alone.
Local gyms says this time of year is the busiest with more people signing up for classes and memberships.
But before you sign the dotted line make sure you're making the right decision.
In 2017, the Ohio Attorney General's Office received more than 100 complaints involving fitness or health club memberships.
Top problems including cancellation and billing issues.
"New Years is a good way to get people encouraged and excited, but as long as they're not thinking something that's a flash in the pan then they're going to be successful. It's got be a long term change in lifestyle," said Tim Zeithamel
Owner of Hot Room Toledo Yoga studio.
To avoid Gym woes the Attorney General's office does have some reminders. Check them out below.
Research the gym. Look for complaints on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office or Better Business Bureau, and check online reviews for feedback from current or past customers. Pay attention to how a business addresses customer complaints.
Read contracts carefully. Make sure verbal agreements are put in writing. Otherwise, they are not guaranteed.
Watch out for extra fees. Determine the total cost of your membership. Find out if there are any extra fees for services like fitness classes or personal training. Also find out if payments will be withdrawn automatically from your account.
Check the cancellation policy. Understand what you would need to do to cancel your contract and how far in advance cancellations must be made. Many contracts renew automatically, so be sure to check the total length of the contract. It should not exceed three years, according to Ohio law.
For more information about your rights as a consumer visit OhioProtects.org.