You want a place that makes you feel comfortable; that's clean and well maintained, with friendly staff members.
You also want a place that's conveniently located. Trust me on this, if the facility isn't easy to get to, you will find excuses not to go.
Visit a club at the time of day you'd normally work out. Be sure to talk to other members. Is the place packed? Are all the machines taken? If so, you might want to consider another club.
Here in Washington State, health clubs must give you a written list of all membership plans and prices, including special offers. State law prohibits "lifetime" memberships and dues can only be raised once a year. You have three business days after signing a health club contract to cancel and get a full refund.
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