Consumer: 2013 Gym Resolutions

Consumer: 2013 Gym Resolutions
New Years resolutions
New Years resolutions

(WOIO) - Every year Americans make it their resolution to get in shape. For those planning to stick with that resolution, there are things that you need to look out for before signing that contract.

Attorney General Mike Dewine is reminding consumers to read all fine print so you don't end up with surprises months later. Here are some considerations to help make it as easy as possible to join a gym and avoid unwanted obstacles. Make sure you look carefully at the following:

  • Total cost, including sales tax
  • Cancellation policies
  • Whether membership includes access to other locations of the same gym
  • Does verbal agreement match written contract
  • Length of the contract, which should not exceed three years
  • How payments will be applied, such as automatic account withdrawal

In essence make sure not only to check out the gym, but also to read over the membership contract to prevent getting stuck with a membership to a gym you are not interested in going to.

Ohio's Prepaid Entertainment Contracts Act gives consumers three business days to cancel any health spa service, such as a gym. All cancellations must be in writing and sent via certified mail and postmarked by midnight of the third business day after the first service is available.

Most importantly, keep a copy of all contracts and receipts that you obtain. You never know when you will need it.  Consumers are also urged to file a complaint with the attorney general if they feel they have been treated unfairly by a gym.

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