I Hate New Year's Resolutions!
Permit me to grumble for a second. Actually, I’d forgotten about this particular gripe until I read this article in The Oregonian. Laura Oppenheimer talks about the all newbies that hit the gyms as part of their “New Year’s resolution.” Take a look:
For newcomers, January could make or break a resolution to get fit in 2008. But for gym rats, this is the worst time of year: The invasion of the "Resolution People."Honestly, I’m happy for people that want to change their life and use the New Year as a starting point, but the people that don’t stick with it and hog all the good machines, talk on their cell-phones, and simply meander, really do get on my nerves—know what I mean?
"I have some members that actually stop coming to class in January because it's crowded," says Danielle Ford, fitness manager at Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham. "They hate it."
Gyms add more new members in January than any other month, says the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.
Cascade Athletic Club, for example, expects to sell 150 memberships at its Gresham location, up from 75 to 100 in a typical month. Plus, regulars spend more time at the gym now that the holidays are over and, for some, the numbers on the scale have inched up.
At Giants Gym in Portland, owner George Kidd says he counts on happy members to advertise for him. So he needs to combat conventional wisdom about New Year recruits: "They come into the gym, they spend all this money and then they fail." Studies show more than half of new exercisers quit within six months.
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