none

Ten vital things to consider before joining a gym

31-08-2010
by 
in 
Ten vital things to consider before joining a gym

Getting fit not only benefits you, but also your employer. But joining a gym can have plenty of pitfalls. The NSW Office of Fair Trading offers this advice before signing up to a gym membership:

1. Shop around

Don’t be pressured into signing up on the spot. Visit a number of gyms to work out which is the best value for money, has the best facilities, service and location for you.

2. Be cautious of ‘great deals’

Be wary of special offers, promotions and verbal promises. Some deals may not be as good as they seem, once you read the fine print.

3. Read the fine print

Never take the salesperson’s word for it. Always take the gym contract home and read all the terms and conditions before you sign it.

4. Check the cooling-off period

Check if the contract has a cooling-off period, which allows you to cancel the membership in writing within a limited time period.

5. Where will you be in 6 to 12 months?

The gym may not be easy to access if you change jobs, work different hours or move house and you may still be locked into the contract for months to come. Consider a three or six-month membership – they are often no more expensive than a 12-month one.

6. Pre-paid fees

Fitness centres in NSW are not allowed to accept pre-paid fees in excess of 12 months so you shouldn’t be asked to pay for more than 12 months at a time.

7. Direct debit

Many gyms ask for payments by direct debit. You often need to provide the gym with 30 days written notice to stop the direct debit deductions. Check the contract before you sign. If the fitness centre continues taking payments, talk to your financial institution.

8. Cancelling your membership

If you need to cancel your membership, check your contract to see what is required. Even if the contract requires you to visit the centre to cancel in person, it is also wise to do it in writing. Then you can prove the date you requested for the membership to end.

9. Fitness Australia

Check if the gym is a member of Fitness Australia at www.fitness.org.au or call 1300 211 311. If it is a member it must comply with the NSW Fitness Code of Practice.

10. If things go wrong

If you have a dispute with a gym, check if it is a member of Fitness Australia. If the gym is a member, Fitness Australia will help negotiate your dispute if you submit it to them in writing. If the gym is not a member of Fitness Australia or you cannot resolve the issue, call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au for help and advice.

Related news & editorials

  1. 15.11.2018
    15.11.2018
    by      In
    It may sound obvious, but workplace hygiene starts with hygienic employees. And that begins with the appropriate routine of hand washing.
    However, who can honestly say that they know the best way to wash their hands? Check out these recommendations from the Mayo Clinic and see whether you’ve got it... Read More
  2. 14.11.2018
    14.11.2018
    by      In
    The recent reclassification of welding fume as “carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer has encouraged many to rethink their stance on welders’ respiratory protection.
    An unprotected welder operating within Australian workplace exposure standards for general... Read More
  3. 31.10.2018
    31.10.2018
    by      In
    Sprains and strains remain the most common forms of workplace injuries in Australia, according to data for 2017-18 just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Of the 563,600 people who experienced a work-related injury or illness during the 12 months covered, sprain/strain was the most... Read More
  4. 22.10.2018
    22.10.2018
    by      In
    In the weeks leading into the silly season, warehouses will be working at capacity, forklift drivers are going to be pushed to move stock quickly, and unprotected pallet racking is going to be fair game to the likes of the tired forklifts.
    According to Rack Armour, protecting that pallet racking... Read More