• Be flexible. For instance, see if a club offers different levels of membership or discounts if you agree to go at non-peak hours or on non-peak days. These special rates often aren’t advertised.
• Go with a group. Consumer Reports Money Adviser notes that many fitness facilities will lower their monthly rates for large groups. One of the easiest ways to take advantage of this benefit is through your employer.
You can also gather a group of friends and ask a gym manager if he or she would be willing to cut a deal if you join together. You also might get deals on additional services, like small group personal training sessions.
• Read the contract. One of the most expensive charges you might encounter is a club’s cancellation fee. Although you might not be able to get it removed, you should be aware of the stipulations so you don’t get stuck paying a penalty for a membership you can no longer use.
You might have to let the club know you want to cancel two months in advance, for example, or send it a notarized letter to end the contract.