Here's the skinny on saving money on gym memberships

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If getting fit is one of your 2020 New Year’s resolutions, January is the best time to save on a gym membership.

Getting fit can be expensive, but experts say you don't have to over-spend, you just have to choose wisely. "A gym that is not hoping you don't come and keep paying, but hoping that you come all the time. And if you don't, we'll figure out a way to make it work," says Michael Michaelides, owner, Crossfit Downtown Atlanta.

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Consumer Reports has these tips to help you pay less.

Number one, sign up for a trial run. Most clubs offer free trial passes. So take some classes, try out the gym's equipment, locker room and see if you like the community.

Secondly, research prices and search for deals online. Discount websites usually have major deals on fitness classes, trainers and local gyms. "Somewhere that gives you an opportunity to try them out for free. And then doesn't offer you any kind of contracts. Everything is month to month," says Michaelides. Experts say this forces gyms to work hard to keep you coming back.

Number three is negotiate a deal. Consumer Reports suggests you go straight to the gym's manager instead of a salesperson. They may be more likely to work out a better membership price. "Just talk to them. most gym owners are in this because they want to help people," says Michaelides.

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