Gyms gear up for new year

Eat healthy, lose weight and get fit; these New Year’s resolutions have a lot in common with each other, and they happen to be a few of the resolutions people are most determined to stick to.

With many health related resolutions, local gyms and current gym members are gearing up for the increase in members during the first quarter of the year.

Wapakoneta YMCA CEO Josh Little said the Y typically receives more new members during the first quarter of the new year. He said gym usage significantly increases in January, February and March from about 8,000 people per month to nearly 20,000 per month.

Little said in order to help new members stick with their routines, resolutions and goals the staff does as much as they can.

“We do everything we can to try and engage them through an orientation and to follow up with them throughout their first couple of months, so they don’t drop off,” Little said. “There certainly is a drop off after the first quarter to the second quarter, especially as it gets warmer out.”

Little said the Y prepares for the first quarter influx every year in terms of their level of staffing and status of all equipment.

“We make sure our equipment is functional, and any kind of repair is done as soon as we can get it fixed, so all of the machines are operating as they should,” Little said.

Wapakoneta native and Ohio State University junior, Olivia Nelson, said she always works out, and does not make it a resolution, but she prefers going to the gym to working out outdoors.

“You can be in a routine and do it all year round, you don’t have to switch it up,” Nelson said. “Outside you can do more fun things, like sporty things, but I personally like running on the treadmills better.”

Nelson also had advice for newcomers to the gym.

“Start out slow,” she said. “They shouldn’t make such high goals for themselves. Start out with really reachable goals and just keep increasing.”

Erica Reynolds, of Wapakoneta, said going to the gym during the first quarter of the year can get a bit frustrating with the increase of people coming for the select few months.

“It does get hard trying to come here and do your normal routine, it’s so packed,” Reynolds said. “There’s so many people in here so you just have to work around it and then eventually it kind of fades out and it’s not as bad.”

For the full story, see the Friday, Dec. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.