Behind-The-Scenes Secrets That Gyms Don’t Want You To Know

Don’t Get Suckered Into Sign-Up Fees

In many cases, gyms will often ask for a one-time sign-up fee when registering for a membership. While some gyms may request a payment of upwards of $200, as it turns out, these fees are often negotiable or even non-existent. Gyms may use the allusion of these payments to make newcomers feel as if they’re getting a deal when they’re still getting ripped off.

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Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

If you threaten to back out of a gym membership because of the sign-up fee, the salesperson will often lower the fee or drop it completely. They would much rather have a year-long commitment from someone than a one-time fee.