Signing Up for a Gym Membership

Maybe you’ve been a member at your gym for quite awhile. But do you remember how it was the first time you signed up?

For those new to their fitness journey, it’s an important first step. For some, it can be really intimidating.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind with any new gym membership.

The Application

Along with the typical info requests, you’ll want to be sure to note both the waiver and the contract. Most waivers will be the same. Be sure to consult your physician before starting any kind of program. It’s your responsibility to watch and monitor your health. It’s not the gym’s responsibility for any kind of injury that happens when you’re there (i.e. you can’t sue them).

As for the contract, you should see how much of a commitment is needed. Is it pay by month? Do you have to sign up for an entire year?

You don’t want to lock yourself into a long-term contract when you might not be that crazy about the location and facility.


What are the pricing options? Most gyms will have differently priced bundles. For instance, does your gym membership allow 1 person to work out with you?

If not, how much is the guest pass?

When you’re charged, are you charged monthly? Is there a lump sum payment? Is there any sort of grace period for late payments? What’s the cancellation fee (and what other stipulations come into play when cancelling)?

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask if there’s any financial assistance. Gyms like the YMCA do offer reduced pricing depending on your situation.


Most gyms will ask you to take a picture for their records. That way, the front desk can confirm it’s you whenever you scan in.

You don’t need to “dress up” fancy, but it’s worth noticing in case you’re having a bad day and didn’t expect to have your picture taken.

Extra Amenities

What else is included? Do you get a free personal training session? Do you have access to classes?

Most gyms will have showers and locker space, though you’ll most likely need to have your own lock. Don’t forget your code!

Is there a pool? How about a tanning bed?

If it’s a large gym facility, most likely they’ve partnered with a massage therapist and/or chiropractor. You might be able to get a discounted rate for being a member.

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