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Michigan AG says be smart when getting a gym membership

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A popular new year's resolution is to get healthier. Often that involves a gym membership. Now the state is reminding people to be smart when signing up for memberships to avoid unwanted expenses.

Every year the state receives complaints against gyms regarding discrepancies between what sales staff tells customers, and what contracts actually guarantee.

In 2016 the state received 84 complaints against gyms and fitness centers. In 2017 that number climbed to 595.

Megan Hawthorne is the press secretary for Attorney General Bill Schuette. She said there are a number of things to be wary of when getting a gym membership.

“Read any contract carefully before signing, don’t let yourself feel rushed you can ask for an unsigned contract to take home and review and once you do sign a contract make sure you keep a copy of that so should you be asked to pay an additional fee or want to cancel your membership you have the document that you signed.”

Hawthorne said it’s also important to look at and understand refund and cancellation policies to make sure you don’t get stuck making payments for a membership you no longer want.

More tips can be found here.