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Avoid the traps of a gym contract

Avoid the traps of a gym contract

Losing a couple pounds can mean losing a lot of money. Beware of signing a gym contract -- here's why.


5 Misleading Ads That Can Wipe Out Your Wallet

The motto of my show is "save more, spend less, and avoid ripoffs." But what if you can’t recognize those ripoffs when you’re faced with alluring advertising pitches? Here are 5 kinds of misleading ads to watch out for. Pay your home off in half the time! You can pay ...

Don't let your gym give your wallet a workout

Have you made a New Year's resolution to eat better and exercise more? Be careful your wallet doesn't get eaten alive by gym salespeople. The health club industry basically has 2 business models. In the good one, you pay month-to-month or quarterly with no real contract. In the sleazy business ...

Fitness Club scams to watch out for

Fitness Club scams to watch out for

When you want to join a gym, you've got to be careful that YOU get the workout, not your wallet! Here are some tips for protecting yourself when doing business with health club chains.

Employers offer bribes to get you to eat better, exercise more

Would you accept a bribe to get healthier? Years ago, an employer that I had health insurance through offered 2 different programs where they would pay me money to eat better and exercise more. If I completed an online questionnaire designed to get me to develop healthy habits, I got ...

Bally's to send refunds to 1,000 customers

Bally's Total Fitness has agreed to issue refunds to former customers who wrongfully paid when they received bogus "past due" notices from the health club in the mail. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has gotten the health club to agree to refund money for some 1,000 state residents. Rather predictably, ...

Bally Total Fitness goes bust again

Bally Total Fitness is going bankrupt for the second time in little more than a year. Clark has long trashed the health club over their suspect business practices. Bally's is known to use high-pressure sales to get you to buy a membership. Once they have a contract, they do what's ...

Be on the lookout for sweet deals at the gym

One effect of the economic slowdown is that health clubs are faced with cancellations and fewer people joining up. They're desperate for members, so be on the lookout for special offers -- and try to negotiate them even further down from there. Yet with opportunity, there is also hazard. Some ...

Consumer Reports ranks best and worst gyms

The Feb. 2008 issue of Consumer Reports rates health clubs, with the worst rating going to Bally's Total Fitness. Bally's got bad marks in staffing, classes and equipment, plus the worst possible score for locker rooms, cleanliness and crowds. On the flip side, the best club is a chain that's ...

Bally's in Bankruptcy

The workout facility Bally's is going to be filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy but will stay in business. There are a few things you have to keep in mind when you are searching for a work out club though. Don't sign a contract! If the club feels confident that they have ...

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