Getting Fit For New Year

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 4, 2006 at 3:37 PM EDT

If you spent part of your day running, stepping, or lifting, you may have been one of many people who are using the new year as a reason to get back into shape.
"It's the time of year where people, with New Year's resolutions, they want to get in here," says Matthew Bedosky, of the Court Jester Athletic Club.
Bally's Total Fitness in Johnson City says it expects 10 new memberships Monday, and 50 by week's end.
Also in Johnson City, Court Jester Athletic Club says it will likely get 50 new memberships by the end of the day.
It's also a busy day at American Family Fitness and Aerobics in Vestal.
New members are trying to use the beginning of 2006 as redemption for eating a little too much over the holidays.
"It's generally, you know, I'm trying to shed the Christmas pounds. Things like that," says Jeremiah Perkins, of American Family Fitness and Aerobics.
"This week is definitely the busiest week of the year. It's sort of like if Wal-Mart has a Christmas week, this is like our Christmas week," says Bedosky.
But Action News found out not all these new members stick with their lofty New Years resolutions, and some stop going to the gym only weeks after they start.
Even though this is the busiest week of the year for new gym memberships, the training staff at Court Jester Athletic Club says simply starting a workout program for the new year doesn't necessarily mean immediate results.
"They think all of the sudden, they're going to jump into a gym, and they're going to see instant results. If you don't have a game plan, you just come in and lackadaisically go around. Chances are you're not going to see the results," says Robert Eichelderfer, of Court Jester Athletic Club.
The personal trainer says the key is sticking with a long term game plan.
Hitting small goals first is the way to see the best long term results, and not waste that new membership, and new year's resolution.
Court Jester Athletic Club says it's had a 30 percent increase in membership sales from last year.
Bally's Fitness is offering no money down for its new year's membership rush.

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