With the holiday season over and the new year well underway, it’s that time of year again. Time for those ambitious New Year’s resolutions: eat more vegetables, drink less alcohol and go to the gym more often.
As a result, long-term gym-goers may notice their fitness clubs are more crowded than usual.
January sees an influx of people to the fitness industry, as people set new goals for themselves or are feeling guilty about gaining those extra pounds over the holidays.
“I ate and drank so much during the Christmas break,” said Keegan Marcantonio, a regular at one LA Fitness gym in Burlington. “December is always a busy time for everyone, I didn’t get to work out as much as I wanted to, so I am happy to get back to my gym routine.”
At this time of year, gyms are offering specials for those ready to work up a sweat. Staff have noticed a jump in the number of people signing up.
“The increase in clients from December to January is crazy,” said Karina Budhrani, membership coordinator at Movati Athletic. “We had a promotion going on during the first couple weeks of January, but I’d say our clientele has gone up by over 40 per cent from New Year’s resolutions alone.”
Andrea Cameron, a personal trainer at LA Fitness said she is excited to see all the fresh faces working out.
“It’s great to see so many new people starting their fitness journey,” Cameron said. “Coming into the new year, I was able to gain some new clients and I am so stoked to help them reach their fitness goals.”
Tristan Parkinson, who recently signed up for Movati Athletic at the beginning of January said she loves the busy atmosphere.
“The energy in the room is great. Since I got my membership here, I’ve gone almost every day,” Parkinson said.
Cameron points out that progress will come to those who put in the work.
“It doesn’t matter how experienced you are,” she said. “You can achieve your fitness goals as long as you dedicate yourself, stay on track, and keep yourself motivated.”
While some see the sudden spike as a positive, others aren’t happy with how busy the gym has become.
Josh Frampton, a regular gym-goer for the past eight years said, “Every year I dread coming to the gym at the beginning of January.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” he continued. “It’s nice to see people wanting to work out and better themselves, but the gym is crowded, and it takes so much longer to finish your workout because everyone is waiting to use the equipment.”
The waits probably won’t last. Frampton expects many will lose motivation and abandon their goals after a few months.