What Your Gym Isn’t Telling You

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It’s simply a fact that every business has its dirty little secrets … and that includes your gym.

Fitness clubs want to make as much money off of you as possible, so they probably won’t tell you about some of the extras you may be unknowingly paying for. To prevent being ripped off by your gym, make sure you read their contract thoroughly before signing any documents.

It’s All about Money

As nice as it is to imagine that your gym’s top priority is your health, that’s not likely the case. Like any business, a gym’s top goal is to make money. This will include adding extra fees into the contract and charging for personal training services. A gym will likely charge you a down payment as part of the sign-up process. They may even charge an annual “maintenance fee” as part of your contract.

Being locked into a contract is another thing that your gym doesn’t want you to think about. Canceling before the end of your term may make you liable for the remainder of the payments left on the contract

Make sure you negotiate a rate before you enroll as a member of a gym. Rates are usually variable and the time of year may affect how much you pay. For instance, January memberships are typically more costly than summer membership rates.

Your Personal Trainer Isn’t Perfect

A gym’s personal trainer may not be the workout expert that he claims to be. Personal training certifications are easy to get and can be earned through online courses. Before signing up for a session with a personal trainer, you should check out his/her years on the job and the certifying body that awarded the degree. Despite a person’s inexperience, a gym will still charge you top dollar per session, running anywhere from $30 to $65.

Your Health Could Be at Risk

According to the Annals of Emergency Medicine, if you go into cardiac arrest and are treated immediately with an automated external defibrillator (AED), your chance of survival is about 90 percent. However, most states do not require gyms to have one on the premises. Before joining a health club, find out what types of emergency medical equipment is available.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your gym is likely full of germs. In a study reported by ABC News and Women’s Health Magazine, it was determined that three quarters of weight equipment was contaminated with viruses that could cause the common cold. Staph infections can also be transmitted through contact with gym equipment. Moreover, a wipe down of the equipment may not be enough to kill the unwanted germs. Use towels and clothing pieces and good hygiene practices to limit your exposure during workouts.

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