Fitness a New Year's resolution? Tips to picking the perfect gym for you

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Are you trying to kick off the New Year on the right foot by getting into the gym?

The Better Business Bureau wants you to be picky when it comes to finding the right fit before signing up for a gym membership.

They also warn fitness resolution-seekers to do their research, as some of the New Year's deals could cost you more in the long run.

Make sure you read the fine print and know how much you will actually be paying after the initial deal.

Also, they say it is important to check about auto-payments and what it takes to cancel your membership. We don’t always admit it, but many people don't keep up with their resolutions, so you don't want to end up paying for what you aren’t using.

To keep you going, the BBB says make sure to find a gym that fits your needs.

“You want to know your needs, know your goals. Do you want to lose weight or tone up? Say you might want cardio, and the elliptical or treadmills. Or you might want a great weight room,” Stephen Mayer of the BBB said.

He said you should look for classes that are available at different gyms, as well as their times. Consider whether they will work with your schedule.

“Do your best to tour that facility during the time you would normally be using it to see how busy it is going to be, if the weight room is available, if the equipment is available. Certainly take advantage of those free trials and check out the gym before you sign on the dotted line,” Mayer said.

Better Business Bureau's complete list of tips:

• Know Your Needs. Determining your goals in advance will help you select a facility that is most appropriate for you. It’s also a good idea to check with your physician before embarking on a new fitness regiment, especially if you have a medical condition.

• Free Trials. Gyms often give a one-week free pass for potential members; this is a great way to see if the gym is a good fit for you.

• Know the True Cost. Gyms often use special introductory offers to encourage new members, but the price could go up more than you budgeted once the initial period is over. Make sure you understand what the regular monthly fees will be and what they include.

• Check Reviews. Read what previous customers have to say, and see how the businesses respond to complaints. Check to find the right gym for you.

• Ask About Cancellation. Read the contract carefully before signing. What happens if you move or the gym goes out of business? Will your membership renew automatically at the end of the term? Can you get out of the contract altogether and under what circumstances?

The BBB recommends doing your research outside of the gym, look at reviews on the BBB’s website or find out what others who have worked out there before think.

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