Joining IN-SHAPE Can Be Tricky or Deceptive

So we tried to join the gym franchise called In-Shape. Tried.

We had looked into the gym a few months ago, but they required a credit card for a month-to-month membership, as they would not allow us to pay with cash. So we walked away at the time. I'm not fond of just giving my credit card # to just anyone. Especially a gym.

But then my wife developed the need for a gym for medical reasons, so we went back to see what's up. But the gym representative that dealt with new memberships wasn't there, so we were directed by the person at the desk to go online.

While on the web site, there's a promo code at the top of the web site screen that says $0 enrollment fee.

Cool! We're totally in!

So during the mildly time-consuming sign up process, we picked our options, get to check-out and then we're told by the site that this promo code (that was splashed all over the front page) is not applicable to the option we picked.

But the web page had no disclaimers about this promo code, it's like click bait! Or a loss-leader kind of gotcha!

In-Shape has a $20 a month program, which sounds totally awesome BUT they want a $100 ENROLLMENT FEE. Yes... $100 to sign up.

At this point, after being misled by the website, we called our local establishment inquiring about the special. It's then that we were told about an option that costs $30 a month (which we didn't see anywhere on the site) to save the $100 enrollment fee.


There were too many contradictions to the process of joining In-Shape, so we chose to get in shape in a different method.

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