Gym Membership Part 2: Better gym deals
In Part 1 of our Gym Membership Guide, we discussed various ways to minimize your losses from the small print in gym contracts. In this part, rather than going into nitty gritty of long term membership contracts, here are some options to save you the hassle through signing up via shorter term memberships at popular gyms.
For example, Fitness First has a 3 month minimum contract. But bear in mind that Fitness First requires one full months notice of termination. Reader Jase also advises you hold onto your contract, as when he went to cancel a shorter contract, discovered that the gym insists there are no contracts shorter than 12 months (until he provided evidence and they 'let him off'). Also, you need to sign a "Departure Request Form" or write a letter by recorded delivery to ensure notice of cancellation is received. Unfortunately, if you are within the minimum contract period, notice may be given to coincide with the end of that contract period. You can try short term membership with Fitness First to check their services such as a free 1 day guest membership or their 2 week club membership with no long term commitment from £27.
What about David Lloyd, where according to their T&C agreements requiring three month’s written notice? In fact, various members and ex-members have had problems finalizing their cancellations. But rather than feeling ripped off, try the gym’s three month membership this summer, or their 4 week trial. Note: this offer expires 2nd August 2009.
LA Fitness also offers a free 5 day pass promotion or their no commitment 2 months gym membership and no starter fee from £79. Also, check out the HUKD for LA Fitness deal for short term no commitment gym membership.
Reader Ian also pointed out that for those fortunate enough to be living near Guildford, Hounslow, Vauxhall, Liverpool or Manchester, The Gym Group offers no fixed contract at only £15 a month, and is open 24 hours a day. Some only require 30 days notice, while others have no contract at all!
Lastly, if you are looking to save big money on a gym membership, then this is the deal for you: Health insurance provider Pru Health will actually pay towards your gym membership, if you commit to their vitality programme and attend the gym on average twice a week in the first three months. In theory, you could be paying as little as £20 for health insurance, with the added benefit of potentially free gym membership at your local gym, saving you over £200 a year. BUPA provides similar deals and are worth checking out.