Texas Gym Month-To-Month Memberships

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Should your Texas gym only offer month-to-month memberships? Or should you include longer terms (e.g., one-year gym memberships)?

As a practical matter, this is more of a business judgment decision than a legal issue. However, it’s probably one of the most important ones you’ll make.

Here’s why…

When the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdowns hit, per Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders, many of the gyms that only had month-to-month members closed permanently. Because few of their members returned after the restrictions were lifted.

In many cases, less then 10% returned. And you can’t pay the rent, let alone make a profit, with so few gym members showing up.

Although month-to-month members can play an important source of recurring income to your gym, as a practical matter, those who initially commit to a longer-term membership agreement show greater loyalty. Even if their contracts convert to monthly after an annual term, they’re likely to stick around.

There are many reasons for this, including friendships built with the gym owner, staff, and other members…plus a sense of community.

Of course, you have legal issues that also have to be handled. For example, compliance with the Texas Health Spa Act and the state’s biometrics law. That’s in addition to reducing liability exposure for personal injuries.

If you need help with your Texas gym membership contracts, liability waivers, and other gym legal docs (e.g., trainer agreements), it’s time to schedule a phone consultation with Business Lawyer Mike Young.

Will Your Texas Gym Be Sued Because Of Missing Legal Documents?

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I recently went to a gym for a trial workout. Although it was a great experience, the gym owner dropped the ball by not having me sign anything as a guest.

At a minimum, I should have been required to read and sign a liability waiver and release so that it would be almost impossible to successfully sue if I was injured as a gym guest.

Now if you’re a Texas gym owner, there’s even more paperwork you’ll want signed by your gym members. For example, you’ll want them to sign a contract that complies with the state’s health spa act and biometrics law.

Now there are some pretty stiff penalties for violating Texas law as a gym owner. This can include criminal prosecution and even having all of your gym membership contracts being declared void and unenforceable.

In short, it doesn’t take much to land in a briar patch if you don’t take the time to protect your Texas gym legally.

If you need help with your Texas gym legal documents for guests and members, it’s time to set up a phone consult with Attorney Mike Young.

Texas Gym Membership Contracts And Peeping Toms

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texas gym membership contracts peeping tomsA woman has sued a Houston gym because a man recorded video of her showering at the fitness facility. Will the gym owner be liable for the conduct of someone else committing an illegal act on the premises? Perhaps. One thing is clear — if you own a gym (or martial arts studio) in the Lone Star State, there are certain things you can do to limit your legal liability exposure by having the right Texas gym membership contracts in place.

Types Of Texas Gym Membership Contracts

In fact, there are at least three business contracts every Texas gym owner should use to reduce legal risks. See 3 Texas Gym Membership Agreements Every Owner Needs.

In addition to limiting liability for the misconduct of others, your gym contracts should also comply with the state’s Health Spa Act. You can learn more about this by reading 7 Things You Must Include In A Texas Gym Membership Contract.

Where To Get Help With Your Gym’s Legal Agreements?

If you own a Texas gym and need help with your contracts, set up a phone consultation with Business Lawyer Mike Young today.

Related Resource: Click here to learn more about how we can help you and your Texas gym


3 Texas Gym Membership Agreements Every Owner Needs

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Texas Gym Membership Agreements Every Owner NeedsDo you own a Texas fitness center or a martial arts studio? There are three Texas gym membership agreements you’ll want to have to protect yourself.

1. Standard Membership Contract. This contract is standard only in the sense that you’ll have it signed by members when they join. Yet it’s customized on the front end by an experienced business lawyer to protect you.

Related Article – 7 Things You Must Include In A Texas Gym Membership Contract

What you need will vary based on various factors, including:

  • activities at your facility
  • types of memberships
  • payment methods
  • whether minors can be members or guests

In most cases, this agreement must follow the Texas Health Spa Act so that it’s enforceable.

Related Article: Texas Health Spa Act Security Requirements For Gyms And Martial Arts Studios

2. Waiver, Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk Agreement. This agreement must contain provisions to protect you from liability when a member injures himself. And for other losses too (e.g. theft of personal items).

And you’ll want a variation of this agreement for non-members. This protects you when they use your facility on a trial basis or as guests of a member.

3. Media Release. Members and non-member guests should sign a media release. This release lets you use video, photos, etc. taken of them at your facility for marketing, etc.

Related Article – Does A Texas Martial Arts Contract Have To Comply With The Health Spa Act?

Where To Get Help With Texas Gym Membership Agreements

Do you need any of these three Texas gym agreements? Or do you want your agreements reviewed for compliance with state law?

It’s time for you to talk with Business Contracts Lawyer Mike Young. Schedule your phone consultation today.

Related Resource: Click here to learn more about how we can help you and your Texas gym