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Gym memberships expected to skyrocket for New Years

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Have you decided on your New Years Resolutions?

For many of us, at the top of our list is getting back in shape. In fact, shredding the extra pounds is the number one resolution going into 2014.

Fortunately, gyms across Michiana are prepared for the workout band-wagon rush!

Nick Hintz is what most of us would call a "gym rat". Everyday, without fail, he's pumping iron, and he's not to thrilled about the New Years Resolution season, when gyms get an overload of signups.

Pretty soon, he won't be the only one trying to get to all the machines. "It's packed for about 2-3 hours for about 2-3 months. Then it goes back to what it is now, nobody here. It gets a little aggravating when you come in here and try to do your routine, and people take over the machines that you're at or they just jump from machine to machine. " says Hintz.
    
In 2013, Anytime Fitness signed up 150 new clients at its South Bend location. But be warned if you're a New Years newbie signup. Time Magazine reports the two biggest resolutions "getting back into shape" and "eating healthy" are the hardest to stick to.

Personal Trainer Ken Haggard of Anytime Fitness says after about a month, the New Year crowds die down, but come spring break season, it picks back up again.

And that's the problem. Haggard says you need to be disciplined. "To see results in two weeks, that's not going to happen. But we try to teach lifestyle rather than a choice. At least 3 times a week to see results, and you have to be consistent with it," he says.

Haggard says the biggest reason why people quit hitting the gym is they get bored with the equipment. So to keep clients on target with their personal weight loss goals, Anytime Fitness has a system that clocks you in. If they haven't seen you in a while, they keep you accountable with a courtesy call as to why they haven't seen you.

Haggard says their most important philosophy is getting people to want to come to the gym and not leave once the New Year's rush is over. "The most important thing is taking your time, baby steps," says Haggard.

Other 2014 New Years Resolutions that made the "most popular" list were to quit smoking, drink less alcohol, sleep more, and spend more time with family members.

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