Health Club Laws: California

Memberships in Health Clubs, Spas, and Studios

Which Health Club Plan is the Right One for You?

Health clubs are as individual as the people who use them. That’s why taking the time to do some research before you make your decision is a good idea—the greater your satisfaction with the club, the more likely you will achieve your exercise goals. Look for a facility that provides the equipment and services you need and enjoy.

Below are some things you should consider when checking into health and athletic facilities

Before You Sign Up, Ask Yourself:

What exercise options do I want?

___Aerobics, yoga, or spinning classes?
___Cardiovascular equipment?
___Weights?
___Swimming?
___Racquetball?
___Tennis?
___Basketball?
___Martial Arts?

What types of services do I want?

___A personal trainer?
___Sports tournaments?
___Seminars?
___Social activities?

What features am I looking for?

___Coed?
___Is child care offered?
___Sauna?
___Spa?
___Juice or snack bar?

What are my fittness goals?

___Good health?
___Weight gain or loss?
___Muscles?
___Body tone?
___Physical rehabilitation?
___Stress reduction?

What are my physical limitations?

___What exercise is best for me?
___Do any medical conditions limit my exercise?
___Should I consult my physician before making a decision?

Visit the Health Club

Before signing a membership contract, there are things you should consider about each Health Club.

Take the checklist on the right with you when you visit a Health Club. Make a note of what features that gym offers, then weigh the pros and cons before you make a decision.

Checklist

Equipment
___maintained
___clean

Satisfaction of Current Members
___with services
___with price

Facility
___crowds
___noise level
___cleanliness  (showers, lockers, snack bar, etc.)

Parking
___free or paid?

Operating  Hours
___convenient to your schedule

Instructors
___qualified
___available
___pleasant
___helpful
___knowledgeable

Security
___members’ safety
___lockers provided

Facility rules
___reasonable
___enforced

Discounts
___group rates  (corporate, senior citizen, etc.)

Source: Which Health Club Is Right For You?