Members seeking to cancel a gym membership must look for specific clauses in the contract that allow cancellation, said Dean Dunham in an article in The Daily Mirror. Some gyms allow members to cancel within a certain time period. Some contracts may allow members to cancel due to special circumstances.Know More
There are gyms that give members only a few days to cancel. Others give members up to 30 or 60 days to sever ties, according to Amy E. Feldman of CBS Philly. Some contracts release members who are injured. A sudden loss of a job is another circumstance that could be considered grounds for cancellation. Members wishing to cancel should follow all of the gym's procedures for initiating the cancellation. For instance, a gym may stipulate that members need to submit a written letter stating the reason for canceling. The gym must be given this letter within 30 days to be valid.
It's prudent to read the full contract and understand the gym's policy on cancellation before signing up for membership, said Bob Sullivan of Credit.com in an MSN Money article. Consumers can take a proactive approach by planning an exit strategy in advance. Cancellation terms in the contract can be discussed during the initial meeting with gym staff. Upon joining, new members should ask the gym for a copy of the cancellation policy.
Declining automatic payment deductions prevents the gym from taking direct deposit payments from a member's bank account should a problem with cancellation arise, Sullivan said.Learn more in Is This Illegal?
Prices and features of gyms vary based on location, so Daily Finance advises that it is best to contact directly local gyms for information on their membership prices. A 2014 article in Men's Fitness compares chain gym membership deals across the United States.Full Answer >
Gym membership prices are typically not negotiable. However, some fitness centers offer work exchange agreements, meaning that in exchange for being able to take fitness classes, the prospective gym members agree to do certain tasks, such as cleaning the exercise machines and putting fresh towels in the locker room.Full Answer >
When cancelling a contract agreement, one should look over the terms and conditions of the contract to review which circumstances are necessary for one-party and dual-party termination. One must draft a clear and concise letter stating the reasons for terminating the contract, setting a clear timeline, says the Law Dictionary.Full Answer >
The Norfolk, Nebraska, YMCA charges $30.75 per month for adult membership as of February 2015; rates for YMCA gym memberships vary by location. Children between the ages of 1 and 11 can get a membership for $14.25 per month in Norfolk.Full Answer >