Millions of gym members now have new rights to cancel their gym contracts, after several large gym chains were forced to make changes by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
If your circumstances change so gym attendance becomes difficult or unaffordable, then you should now be able to cancel your contract early.
Three of the UK’s largest gym chains (David Lloyd Leisure, Fitness First and Bannatyne Fitness) have agreed to now let their members cancel their contracts early in certain circumstances.
The three gym chains have agreed to:
- Make it easier to cancel or freeze contracts: if your circumstances change so gym attendance becomes difficult or unaffordable (for example you lose your job or suffer an injury) then you should now be able to cancel your contract early.
- Make it clear if your membership is fixed or ‘rolling’: many gym memberships automatically continue on a rolling basis, even after your agreed contract term expires.
- Be more transparent: gyms now have to make key membership features (such as your initial membership period and your cancellation rights) clear in the sales process.
Gyms are notorious for often locking members into long contracts with no get-out clauses, so this is welcome news (especially as gym membership can easily cost upwards of £500 a year).
Cut the cost of the gym (or cut the gym completely!)
If you don’t want to get locked into any type of contract, it’s worth considering pay-as-you-go gyms. Have a look at our guide – not only are pay-as-you-go gym schemes more flexible (you’re not limited to one gym) they sometimes work out cheaper, too!
Also don’t forget that there are many ways you can start getting fit for free – try a home workout routine.