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Each January, millions across the nation make an impermanent oath of some kind â€” a New Yearâ€™s resolution.
For many, that resolution means a trip back to the gym â€” to run, walk, box, Zumba or Jazzercise.
Regardless of whether those commitments last one year or one week, one fact remains â€” the new year gives a big boost to local gyms.
Gyms throughout Catawba County say the new year brings a steady stream of new customers looking to get into shape.
â€śItâ€™s our busiest time of the year,â€ť said Michael Query, a staff member at Planet Fitness in Hickory. â€śWe double the amount of people who work out every day. Itâ€™s just night and day difference.â€ť
Planet Fitness, located off N.C. 127, prides itself on providing a â€śJudgment Free Zone.â€ť
It caters to first-time users, providing trainers and instructors who work to make sure new users are operating equipment safely and properly, Query said.
Memberships are cheap, too, starting with a $10 start-up fee and $10 monthly payment after that.
â€śItâ€™s great for people wanting to come in and try things for their New Yearâ€™s resolution,â€ť Query said, adding that there is no cancellation fee.
In Newton, The Perfect Workout also sees an increase in new members around the beginning of the new year. Owner and fitness director Sharon Rashidi said business usually picks up around mid-January.
She said residents with New Yearâ€™s resolutions need to start slow, at first.
â€śThey need to start slowly and not go gung-ho, because it can lead to injury and them getting burned out,â€ť she said. â€śEase into it slowly and build yourself back up.â€ť
She added that itâ€™s always smart to start with cardio and add light weights after a while.
Area YMCA officials say their facilities in Conover and Hickory also see growth around the beginning of the new year.
The YMCAs, located off U.S. 70 in Conover and off 1st Street NW in Hickory, are currently participating in a New Yearâ€™s campaign to attract new members, said Angela Chapman, executive director of the Hickory Foundation YMCA.
â€śWe try to do everything we can to help people stay with those New Yearâ€™s resolutions,â€ť Chapman said. â€śThey get three free appointments when they join to work with a trainer.â€ť
Chapman added that the YMCA does see an â€śinfluxâ€ť of members this time of year. She said the personalized training helps with new members.
â€śThey can get in here and feel comfortable,â€ť she said. â€śThey can work with a trainer and find a routine that works for them.â€ť
Places to work out
The Perfect Workout, Newton
Planet Fitness, Hickory
Hickory Foundation YMCA
1st Street NW, Hickory
Adrian L. Shuford Jr. YMCA
U.S. 70, Conover