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Gym memberships: gain muscle without losing your wallet

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gym memberships are on the rise as Americans tackle their New Year's resolutions. 

Weight loss and fitness goals often top resolution lists, and gym memberships skyrocket in January. 

The Better Business Bureau offers some advice on how to get fit without losing your shirt. 

  • Ask about different categories of membership, and the prices and amenities involved in each.
  • If you need to cancel your contract, what policies and fees are associated with canceling your account?
  • If you might move out of the area in the next few years, how will moving will affect your membership?
  • What will happen to your money if the gym suddenly goes out of business?

Tour each facility you are considering: make sure they have the equipment you need and the classes you want to take.

Review the contract thoroughly before signing. Make sure the contract lists all services and fees, and any promises made by the salesperson. 

Finally, walk away from any gyms that try a hard sale. Before signing a contract, research the gym at bbb.org.

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