Have you been there? You know, fed up with the way you look and feel? Eager to change your life? Finally motivated to do something about it? If you have, you have likely done something about it. A lot of us in a situation like this will run right to our closest 10$ bargain gym in the attempt to change ourselves. You spend a few weeks or a few months chipping away at long tedious bouts on the treadmill (that you could do for free in your neighborhood). You quickly become frustrated with the lack of results and bored with the lack of stimulation. Then it happens. You fall of the wagon for whatever reason and now you are paying a monthly payment for something of no value to you.
People join a gym with the intention of getting the most out of their memberships, but most stop going to the gym regularly before their contracts expire. Most contracts include a monthly fee for at least 12 months from the date of joining. Since a contract is a legally binding promise to do something, you cannot simply stop paying your monthly fee if you no longer want to use the gym. In order to get out of the contract, you will either need to have the gym agree to terminate it, or else have a legal excuse to allow you out of it. It can be a bit of a challenge to get the gym to allow you to get out of the contract without a financial penalty, but in many cases, it can be done.
Determine when the contract began. Most states have laws that allow you to get out of a contract without a penalty or termination fee within a certain number of days after the contract began. These laws vary by state, so check with your state’s Department of Consumer Affairs to determine if state law will allow you out of the contract without a penalty. Some states, such as California, have laws specifically related to gyms or health clubs. If your state does allow for a penalty-free termination of the contract, follow their procedures for canceling the contract.
Review your contract. When you sign up for a gym membership, you need to sign a contract. The terms of this contract will vary from gym to gym and plan to plan, so make sure you thoroughly understand your personal contract. If you no longer have your contract, the gym should be able to provide you with a copy. If they can’t, it may be a legal violation; contact your lawyer.
Ask to speak to the manager. If you have extenuating circumstances that make it impossible for you to use your gym membership (i.e., sudden disability, a job transfer), ask to speak with a manager or another person with authority to cancel contracts at the gym.
Continue paying the monthly fee until the contract is canceled. Remember that by entering into the gym membership contract, you agreed to pay a fee every month for the length of the contract. Until you have officially canceled the contract, you are legally bound to pay your membership fee. By canceling the credit card they bill or refusing to remit payment, the gym will likely use a collections company to get the money from you and will be unwilling to work with you on a mutually agreeable cancellation of the contract. Pay your bill as scheduled until you have canceled the membership.
Confirm the cancellation of the contract in writing. Once you have either paid the cancellation fee or negotiated with the gym for a reduced or waived fee, you should follow up with the gym in writing.
At Legendary Athletics we don’t believe in contracts. We feel that binding individuals to contracts is a sure way to stunt our personal growth and endeavors. We know that our success rates are what keeps us in business. Click our link to find out more about how we can keep you from ever having to cancel a membership again.