Why canceling gym memberships can be difficult

Canceling gym memberships

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT/WXIX) - About three quarters of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get fit end up quitting before they reach their goals.

So what happens if you change your mind about that expensive gym contract you signed back in January?

Truebill.com is a service that helps people fight recurring charges, and it sees a spike in new subscribers looking for help canceling gym contracts from January through at least April.

The Better Business Bureau says contract and billing disputes with gyms are common.

While some gyms make it easy to cancel, many make you jump through hoops, like sending a certified doctor’s letter, explaining why you can’t exercise, or they make you prove you’ve moved away.

Even with those explanations, you’re likely still on the hook for a cancellation fee.

Never sign a gym contract without reading the fine print.

Of you do find yourself in a fight with a gym, check to see what protection your state’s laws may offer.

Many give you a certain number of days to cancel a new membership without penalties.

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