Watch for These Hidden Fees When Signing Up at a Gym

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated January 11, 2018

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January 11, 2018

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Joining a gym is a wonderful thing to do to make sure you are exercising and keeping your body healthy. People sign up in order to stick to their resolutions to lose weight, get in better shape and just generally add more activity into their lives to keep their hearts and waistlines in good shape. However, before you sign on the dotted line, you should be aware of how much a gym is really costing you. Many gyms will advertise prices that sound great, but it’s good to watch out for some hidden fees that you may not be expecting.

Ideally, you won’t be thinking about quitting a gym right after you sign up. However, if the gym turns out not to be the right fit, then you might be in a position where you want to move to another workout facility. Beware, though, because many gyms have it written into the contract that you’re obligated to remain a member for six months or one year. If you leave before that time period, you may get charged a hefty fee.

Gyms might advertise a low monthly rate that sounds attractive but beware of the sign-up fees that go along with it. They often charge a one-time fee that can amount to a few hundred dollars just to get you as a member, on top of the low monthly fee. Make sure you are aware of any sign-up fees upfront.

Another cost that sometimes surprises gym members is the annual fee. In addition to the monthly charges, many gyms will charge a yearly fee for being a member. Make sure to ask when you are signing up if there are additional fees that you will be charged automatically or expected to pay when you become a member. Don’t forget to try these other ways to save on your gym membership, too.

Lastly, when you use a gym you will likely want to take advantage of the lockers and showers before and/or after your workout. Ask if the gym supplies towels and lockers, etc. for free or if there is a charge per item, per day, etc. These might seem like small costs but they can add up over the month!

Joining a gym is a great choice for your life and health, but make sure that you are aware of the impact it will have on your wallet before you choose which one to sign up with.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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