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Consumer Reports: Save on your gym membership

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(WMC-TV) – This ought to come as no surprise; Consumer Reports did some digging and found more people join health clubs in January than in any other month.

Duh! It's resolution time! What's not duh is how the magazine's experts and Andy Wise can help you save big on a gym membership.

Consumer Reports reveals some clever ways to chip away at expensive gym memberships.

Amanda Walker, Consumer Reports Money Adviser, says, "Don't rush into anything. You might get the best deal if you sign up late in the month, because health clubs often have monthly sales quotas."

Another tip: ask for a free pass. Many gym owners let you try before you buy.

Anthony Tarricone with Equalize Health Club said, "See if it fits you. Because whether it's ten dollars or a hundred dollars, if you don't use it, it's a waste of money. So really, find a gym that's most convenient for you and you feel most comfortable with, that meets your needs."

Once you decide which club to join, make sure you negotiate.

"Sometimes they'll cut the price if you pay yearly instead of month to month, or ask if they'll throw in a free wellness assessment or a personal training session," advised Walker.

There could also be savings in numbers. Some gyms offer a discount if you sign up with a group, so try rallying friends or co-workers.

Before you do anything, check your insurance.

Some plans, like United Healthcare, reimburse members several hundred dollars a year if they join - and use - a participating fitness center.

You can also keep an eye out for gym deals on Facebook and Twitter and look for offers on saving sites like Groupon, Living Social or Gilt.

So if your resolutions include getting physically fit and fiscally fit, you just might be able to do both at the same time.

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