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As far as gym gimmicks go, the one at midtown's Halevy Life is pretty great: If you commit to training three times a week for three months and you still haven't improved significantly, Jeff Halevy (of Today Show fame) will write you a check on the spot. It's supposedly the only studio in the world that has a money-back guarantee—but does it work?
In a conversation with Well + Good, Halevy explains that by hiring highly educated trainers (they've all completed a B.S. in exercise science and have experience working with a college or professional sports team), the responsibility for improvement is placed on the gym, not the client, meaning the gym should also be responsible for the financial burden.
As far as determining "improvement," you'll be evaluated in five areas: lean mass, fat mass, cardiopulmonary fitness, movement capacity, and strength at the beginning and end of your three months, and if you haven't improved in at least three of the categories, you'll get your money back. Intrigued? Sign up here.
· The New York City Gym That Refunds Your Money If You Don't Get In Shape [Well + Good]
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