Joining a gym? Don’t become a victim

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DENVER -- The annual American tradition of joining a gym has already begun.

After the holidays, millions of American’s flock to gyms of all sizes in an effort to reduce waist sizes.

“Yesterday I made slutty brownies which were chocolate chip cookie dough layered with oreo's layered with brownies,” Ariel Hollieaugh, a gym member at Armbrust Pro Gym said with a laugh.

Hollieaugh is eager to get back into the swing of things after a month off.

“The last couple of weeks have been really bad,” Hollieaugh said.

But the Better Business Bureau says be careful. In 2009 nearly 8,000 complaints were filed against gyms nationwide.

In 2014, Colorado’s Attorney General received 24 gym related complaints.

Most of the issues centered around the contract and appropriate fees associated with membership.

“Do your research that's the number one thing,” Nathan Ressler-Aragon with BBB said.

“Number two tip is read the contract,” Ressler-Aragon added.

Some of the big questions you should know before signing up include

1) Will my membership be automatically renewed?
2) What’s the monthly cost after the introductory offer?
3) How can I cancel this?

“Location is super important you want to be somewhere close to your home and to your office,” Ressler-Aragon said.

If you are someone unsure if you’ll be in the gym come July a month to month membership may be best says Olivia Moschetti, a trainer with Armbrust Pro Gym said.

Moschetti says joining a gym is also about joining a culture and every gym is unique.

“That's my favorite part of this gym is it’s a pretty awesome atmosphere,” Moschetti said.