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OKLAHOMA CITY — Millions of Americans will step into a gym for the first time in a year this month. Gyms are trying to capitalize on the allure of those New Years resolutions by hooking you with a one-year membership.

Be careful if you go that route.

You want to make sure you’re going to get your money’s worth all year long.

Desirae Braden owns Red Rock Fitness where they only offer month-to-month memberships.

“I really believe if we can get a member in the door, we can keep them without that. We don’t have to lock them in,” she said.

The best advice is to ask a lot of questions when you are gym shopping.

You may be able to find the cheapest gym.

But many gyms have an a la carte pricing system; often, specific classes cost extra.

Before you sign ask about an enrollment fee, annual fee and cancellation fee.

Make sure and get a menu of classes and a list of pricing.

Braden says, “It’s very popular to have boot camps these days. Our boot camp is $49 per month for unlimited boot camp.”

Also, most gyms offer a personal trainer for a little extra.

It’s a great way to stay on track with your fitness goals.

Do not forget to ask about the trainer’s certification; they are not all the same.

Braden says, “Certifications are easy to come by. National certifications are not. Look at the level. To ensure that it’s not someone who just enjoys working out that says they’re a trainer.”

Check out the cost of tanning, if you’re interested in that.

Also, take a tour of the child care area.

Find out if child care is extra or included in the price.

Remember, you are more likely to go to the gym if your kids like being there too.