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Fitness clubs or gyms may be defined as any person, firm, corporation, organization, club, or association engaged in the sale of instruction, training, or assistance in a program of physical exercise or weight reduction, which may include the use of a sauna, whirlpool bath, weight lifting room, massage, steam room, or other exercising or weight reduction machine or device.
Some states have enacted legislation to regulate fitness club activity due to the substantial number of contracts for fitness services in which certain practices and business and financing methods which have worked undue financial hardship upon its citizens. Such legislation may govern such issues as the buyer's right to receive a copy of the club's rules and regulations, right to cancellation, return of deposits and down payments, assignment of contracts, and other issues aimed to prevent unfair business practices. Laws vary by state, so consult the local law in your area for specific requirements.