Here is this weekend’s Bottom Line column, the last one of 2012. Thanks for sending in you questions and consumer complaints. And, most of all, thanks for reading the columns.
So maybe you’re staying home for the holidays. Great. That leaves plenty of time to prepare for the guilt trip you’re going on next month after a December of overeating, drinking and merriment.
Fitness clubs love it when people carry holiday plumpness and big-time remorse into the New Year. New members sign up for a short trial membership or, feeling ambitious, maybe a one-year contract. When the resolve fades, quickly, they leave. When enough newbie members bail out, the clubs sometimes fold so quickly that hardcore members lose both their local gym and their investment in it.
Nandi Colon of Wethersfield contacted The Bottom Line in late November after she says workers at the nearby Retro Fitness on the Berlin Turnpike told her the club would close within days.