Tuesday's Tips: Health club memberships

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by JESSE JONES / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 5 at 8:48 PM

Trimming up your waistline is good, but no one wants a thinning bank account. So before you join a gym, don't fall for high pressure sales tactics.

"You need to know exactly what you are getting and anything you are promised, get it in writing," advises Kristin Alexander with the Attorney General's Office.

Even if you sign a deal, she says you get three business days to back out of it. Also, check the contract, Saturday can count as a business day.

"Don't feel pressured to sign immediately, take some time to think it over," she said.

Check the term of your contract. According to state law, if you've signed up for more than a year, you can get out of it at any time with 30 days' written notice.

Finally, don't forget to check out the community gyms in your area. Alice Kaderlan, with the YMCA, says they offer many of the same things as the national chains, but at a lower cost.

"We have all of the community facilities, all of the equipment you want, and we really care about you," she said.

It's always good to remember to shop around. Check out and price at least three clubs in your area before signing anything.

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