Read your gym contract before signing

Published On: Jan 15 2014 02:49:30 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 05:40:00 AM EST

Picking a gym can be a workout. Different facilities have various specialties and prices targeting different customers.

Additionally, many gyms may require you sign a contract. Before signing a long-term contract at a gym or fitness facility, experts recommend investigating what responsibilities come with that document — and what options exist to break it.

“If getting fit is the top of your New Year Resolution list, be sure you understand what you are signing yourself up for before you sign up for a gym, especially if you haven’t been an avid fitness person before," warned Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "You want to make sure your contract has flexibility in case you change your mind."

While the fitness centers category on Angie’s List received mostly positive reviews in the past three years, about 5 percent of members report frustrations with fitness centers’ contract rigidity, poor service, and broken-down or too little equipment.

With some research, there are steps you can take to pick a gym or class that best fits your needs.

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