Attorney General Gansler Advises Consumers to Weigh
Their Options Before Joining a Health Club
just around the corner and for those who have New Year’s resolutions
to keep, it is just another reminder to lose weight and get in shape. Health
clubs, martial arts schools and weight loss centers are popular places to help
take control of your health and your weight - but for a hefty price. In the
latest issue of the consumer newsletter, The Consumer’s Edge, Maryland
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler advises Marylanders to choose their health
club carefully and evaluate all the pros and cons before signing on the dotted
Consumers who pay in advance for health club services often find
that they do not use the club as much as they had anticipated.
As a result, they end up paying for services they do not use. In
Maryland, an average of 30 to 40 health clubs close their doors
each year, often resulting in lost money for consumers who have
paid in advance.
By choosing a health
club carefully, consumers can prevent or limit their losses if
the club closes, and increase their chances
of getting their money’s worth from the club they join. When
choosing a health club, consumers should consider the following
- Is everything you’ve
discussed in your contract?
- Can you sign a short-term
- Can you make monthly
- Is the club registered
and bonded as required by Maryland law?
- Can you cancel your
contract anytime if you no longer want to be a member of
For more information on choosing a health club carefully and what
to do if your health club closes, go to www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/126.pdf.
The Attorney General’s office distributes The Consumer’s
Edge through businesses, schools, and community associations. Groups
interested in receiving the newsletter should call 410-576-6500.