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Far too many people lock into costly unbreakable contracts and then end up never using the gym. This guide will take you through whether you need to pay at all, and if you do, how to shed the pounds while saving £££s at the same time.

This is a full list of the latest free trials, pay-as-you-go deals and no-frills gyms from £10-ish/month. Plus see what to watch out for with contracts, and what to do when membership goes wrong.

Don't commit unless you'll use it

Come January, many of you pledge to get fit and join a gym. But a few months later, as resolutions fade, half of you disappear from the treadmills. Enthusiasm for the gym wanes like the novelty of a turkey Christmas dinner, which is why the pros have coined the phrase 'gym turkey'. They see you down the gym a few times, then you're gone the rest of the year.

Don't be a 'gym turkey'

Gyms aren't cheap. Those surging with good first-time fitness intentions should remember there's a decent chance motivation may dwindle.

If you're locked into a contract, you could be paying £100s a year for nowt.

Never think a gym costs £50/month. If you're considering a year's contract, always multiply it by 12 and think of it as a yearly cost.

Remember, £50/month over 12 months is £600. And don't forget to factor in any administration or joining fees to the monthly charge.

If you're throwing away cash on unused membership each month and are out of contract, cancel, otherwise you're only keeping your wallet trim as these #gymfail tweets show:

"Paid for the gym for 3 years at £69/month - nearly £2,500. Think I went twice for the odd swim in the 3 years." That's £1,250 a workout!

"Paid £270 for a year's membership, went for one swim. Most expensive swim ever."

"I used to pay £102/month for a family gym membership for 1 year, and I only went about five times."

"I bought a year's membership at LA Fitness and NEVER attended. What a waste!"

Top ways to lose pounds, not £££S

Don't get weighed down by the cost of gym membership.
Gym sales staff are pros at getting you to sign on the dotted line but you can get the gym to work hard for you instead.

We've a range of ways to get you on the right track for less such as free passes, short term posh membership and cheap as chips no frills memberships:

You can grab completely free gym passes

Before you join the gym, grab a free trial to test whether the new fitness regime's for you. Here's a quick warm-up with:

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