Gym memberships spike in January as people try to get fit

Gym memberships spike in January as people try to get fit

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"We have more of a family fitness atmosphere," said Sloan. "We have more of a family fitness atmosphere," said Sloan.
Both gyms were packed with people getting into shape. Both gyms were packed with people getting into shape.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Local gyms are seeing an influx of people trying to get healthy for the New Year, but unfortunately gym owners say many will quit before completing those fitness goals.

In the month of January gyms see the most members sign up than any other time of the year, and that is exactly what is happening at both the YMCA and National Fitness Center in Knoxville.

Both gyms were packed with people getting into shape.

"Everyone's got the new year's resolutions," said YMCA health and well being director Erin Merten. "They are excited to get fit and take care of themselves."

Owners at both gyms say their goal is to help people stick with a healthy life style all year, and not just for a few months.
      
"A lot of times people come in with big goals and big expectations," said National Fitness Center president Lee Sloan. "What I usually tell most people set that big goal, but break it down into small goals they can accomplish in short periods of time."

There will also be plenty of attractive deals to get you to join gyms. Both gyms 6 News went to try to please a wide range of groups.

"We have more of a family fitness atmosphere," said Sloan. "We have more that 25 to 30 ages an older, all different body types."

"Here we try to form a people connection with all of our members in hopes they will continue these habits that they've developed for the first couple of months," said Merten.

They are expecting large amounts of people to sign up in the next two weeks. Something that is great for business, and great for people looking for a healthy New Year.

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