Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Offers Important Advice to Consumers Joining Health Clubs
As part of National Consumer Education Week, Attorney General Greg Stumbo urges Kentucky citizens interested in joining a health club or gym to check for details before they sign up.
In particular, Stumbo suggests consumers considering long-term memberships determine whether the facility is bonded. Health clubs are required by law to register each year with the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection. Health clubs are also required to post a surety bond if they collect money in advance for memberships of more than one month at a time. The bond is used for making refunds to prepaying consumers in the event the health club closes. To encourage “annual” or one-year memberships, clubs sometimes offer discounts to consumers.
“I encourage Kentucky citizens to seek a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “However, I also encourage them to take a few minutes before signing a membership contract to check the financial health of the club. This is an important step in protecting your investment.”
In 2006, the Office of the Attorney General filed suit against the following health spas for failure to register with the Office and/or post bond:
- Ladies Workout Express of Elizabethtown
- Contours Express of Berea
- Curves of Wilder
- Curves of Taylor Mill
- Bardstown Fitness of Bardstown
- Contours Express of London
Prospective members who are interested in paying in advance should ask for the details including the name of the bonding company. Consumers are also urged to contact the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection toll free at 1-888-432-9257 to verify registration and bonding status.