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January is a make-or-break month for the fitness industry, so it's a great time to shop for deals, says David Reiseman, vice-president of Gold's Gym. Many clubs offer a free trial visit or a complimentary seven-day pass.
Look for discounts on enrollment fees, too.
SOME STRINGS ATTACHED
Clubs often offer a bonus of one month's free enrollment when you sign a contract for a year, and they will often discount monthly fees if you agree to charge your credit card automatically or prepay your membership. But that can be risky. Internet bulletin boards are rife with complaints about charges that continued after gym memberships were canceled and about unreimbursed membership fees paid to new clubs that never opened.
New members aren't the only ones who can get deals. With an industry retention rate of just 50 percent, health clubs are offering concessions to current members, too, such as letting them put their memberships on hold while they're on vacation or out of work.
Ask about package deals on personal training that are cheaper than individual sessions or premium spa services for the price of a basic treatment. Take advantage of any discounts your employer has negotiated with a particular fitness club and ask your health insurer whether it offers a fitness rebate if you join a gym.
DO IT YOURSELF
Exercising at home is even cheaper. Once you've purchased the equipment, you're done. Search
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A six-pack refers to a visible set of abdominal muscles that create a six-pack appearance when the abdominal muscles are toned and have low body fat. To achieve a six-pack, a combination of diet and exercise is recommended, including resistance training for the abdominal muscles and cardiovascular exercise to burn fat. It's also important to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet, keeping an eye on calorie intake and eating plenty of protein and fiber.
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Fitness: Six-Pack Abs for Less