Health Clubs Informative - Memberships
Another article I found in regards to Health Clubs. It states that complaints have risen 90% in the last few years.
The two biggest problem areas are contract disputes and billing issues and it talks about NOT paying with a DEBIT CARD
Some pretty good advice in there so you can be informed when you sign up and how to properly cancel.
A few tips:
Check out the facilities
Don’t give in to pressure
Read the entire contract
Know the membership details
EDIT: Something else I found interesting about the contract/ membership: They can be sold. If your contract is sold (assignment) you will have to dispute it the finance company, not the gym.