7 Things You Need to Know About Quitting the Gym
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Your current feelings toward the gym: You came, you saw, you conquered--but honestly you just really prefer to run outdoors. If only saying “I quit” to the super-scary gym manager weren’t so damn uncomfortable. Here, seven steps to making a clean break.
REVIEW THE FINE PRINT
Remember how they waived the $99 enrollment fee when you joined? Yeah, that’s because you promised to give them six months' notice if you ever decided to quit. Don’t worry: The point of reading the paperwork is to search for the ties that bind you to the gym…and the loopholes that let you out. (Hello, doctor’s note.)
PRACTICE YOUR “I QUIT” SPEECH
Whether it’s in front of a mirror or a friend, rehearsing the reasons you no longer need access to a treadmill can boost your confidence so you don’t cry--er, cave--in front of the “disappointed” front-desk girl.
NO REALLY, TALK TO THE MANAGER
The guy at the front desk will say he’s out of pocket, but really he’s just in the back taking advantage of his “executive” status (aka a free pass to tone his abs during work hours). Sit outside his office if you have to. This is his job.
SKIP THE SMALL TALK
Yeah, yeah, the new class schedule includes water aerobics and the ellipticals are finally equipped to stream Bravo and HBO. Hey, you’re not in the boss’s office for chitchat. You’re there to move on. Keep your head in the game.
MAKE IT CLEAR YOU CAN’T BE WOOED
What’s that? The manager just offered you the option to freeze your membership? Plus, a complimentary personal training session if you stay? No matter the perk, you need to put blinders on. You’ve made your decision, and remember, they’ll stop at nothing to get you to stay.
GET YOUR CANCELLATION IN WRITING
Just in case the manager pulls the old switcheroo and pretends your breakup never happened. Jerks.
LAST RESORT: DISPUTE THE CHARGES
Take that, automatic payments.
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