10 Ridiculous Ways to Get Out of Your Gym Membership


So you want to join ClassPass (duh!) – but you’re stuck in a contract with your gym that you can’t wiggle your way out of. Hey, we get it – but we also have some (awesome, wacky, crazy, ridiculous) ways you could sneakily break out of your gym membership. 

PS: We don’t actually recommend or endorse doing any of these – but hey, it might be worth a shot!


Pretend that you’re moving

Check the fine print in your contract — if you’re “moving” to an area where your gym doesn’t have a location, there might be a loophole that lets you terminate your membership without the added fees. Of course, you’ll have to come up with some kind of document to prove it. We hope you’re good at photoshop!


Complain to the manager every time you go. 

Always have a problem. Always ask for something free (or cough, to end your membership) – and when the employee won’t budge, ask for the manager. Every. Single. Gym. Visit.


Have a snack… while working out. 

What better way to cool down after a heated dispute over your gym contract than with a nice spaghetti and meatball meal, amIright?


Threaten legal action.

You could claim that the salesperson who signed you up misrepresented the terms of the contract to you, which is ground for termination. Bonus points if you have a lawyer friend who can send a scary legal document stating that fact to your gym’s headquarters.


Protest with a sit-in.

Make it clear you’re not going anywhere until someone lets you out of that contract — or until you’ve caught up on all the primetime shows you’re missing out on since you had to give up cable in order to make payments on this membership. (Sigh!)


Prove you’re a potential hazard.

You’re clearly putting everyone around you in danger — does your gym really want to assume that kind of risk?


Start stealing out of the locker room

Don’t like steal from other gym members, but need lotion? Take the big one from the counter. Shampoo? Conditioner? Towels? Eh, they’re all there…


Ask again. And again. And again.

Never underestimate the power of pestering — your gym might be willing to bend the rules and let you out of your contract just to get you to stop begging.


Cry. A lot. 

Have a complete, total breakdown at the front desk. Act like your toddler niece or nephew and throw a tantrum – fall to the floor, bang your fists on the ground and wail as loud as you can. 


If all else fails, call your mom.

If ya just can’t win, ring up the #1 person on your speed-dial: mama. She always knows what to do! (And we bet she might just march into that gym and shake a finger…)

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Danielle Page is the founder of ThisIsQuarterLife.com, a blog that provides necessary information for navigating the awkward phase of adulthood known as “quarterlife.” Danielle’s work has been featured on Woman’s Day, Your Tango, Mandatory, The New York Times, Thought Catalog and the Huffington Post.

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