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Lose Weight, Not Money

December 30th, 2008 by flanews

Three out of every four Floridians will make a resolution to get fit in 2009. Joining a health club can be a big commitment and cost hundreds of dollars. As Whitney Ray tells us, people looking to lose weight could lose money instead if the gym they join isnt licensed and bonded.

Hear it Here: Lose Weight, Not Money

Golds Gym Trainer J.C. Collier is entering his busiest season.

January 1st everyone wants to get it rolling, said Collier.

Selecting a health club is a big choice for people looking to get fit in 2009. Shannon Williams signed up at Golds.

You can pretty much get in and get out without any hesitation, said Williams.

But not everyone who signs a contract and pays a deposit is as happy with their decision. Last year 370 health clubs in Florida went out of business. The Florida Division of Consumer Services said when gyms close new members can lose their deposits.

If its not a licensed facility, if it hasnt been paying that bonding requirement, then the consumer could be out a lot of money in the event the place goes bust, said Terry McElroy, a spokesman for the Division.

People should also ask about fees for specialty classes and equipment, and before you sign a contract its a good idea to check the equipment you want to use at the time you want to use it, to make sure its available.

April Smith changed gyms because her old gym was crowded.

There was always like a 15, 20 minute wait for these kinds of machines, said April.

And knowing her gym is in good shape with the state will help April focus on keeping herself in shape. To find out if your gym is licensed and bonded you can call the Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-HELPFLA thats 1-800-352-9832.

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