Gym memberships increase with the New Year

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Now that the holidays are over, many are regretting those extra indulgences, and many of us are making New Year's Resolutions to be healthier.

Even though it's only the second day of 2015, gym-goers are already packing local fitness clubs in the hopes of taking the weight off.

Brian Schwahn decided to join Highland Fitness in this New Year.

"I've been wanting to join a gym for about one to two years now, losing weight on the treadmill, but the next step is the muscle mass," says Schwahn.

New gym memberships skyrocket in January and early February, but quickly die off after that. The main factor for the decline is the lack of commitment.

"Sometimes during the winter, it's easy to get distracted and easy to forget about that treadmill at home. By paying a membership, I'm hoping to get my money's worth out of that membership and that'll keep me working hard toward my goal," says Schwahn.

The colder weather also plays a factor.

"The weather is huge, when it's negative fifteen degrees like it's supposed to be, with the wind-chill and the snow, I wouldn't want to be outside either," says Casey Wicks, Personal Training Director at Gold’s Gym in Eau Claire.

Kelly Remis is a Weight Loss Expert at Highland Fitness in Eau Claire.

"We like to look at it more as a lifestyle change, building those habits, day by day, and step by step, however that is per person," says Remis.
Experts say it's a good idea to find someone to help guide you in the right direction.

"When our members come in, we really try to get to know them individually and what works for them," says Remis.

"We keep tabs on you and make sure you're using your membership," says Wicks.

“We don't want it to be a boring workout. it should be changing all the time, it's not going to be the same workout twice. It's fun and fitness should be fun," says Hillary Sanwick, a personal trainer at Highland Fitness.

Brian is going into his new membership with a positive attitude.

"Hopefully I'm going to get my nephew involved, and do some working out together, and hoping to get some cousins and my brothers down here, too, and have a little bit more fun," says Schwahn

Trainers say it's important for you as an individual to feel comfortable in the gym atmosphere. They also say to not go into it alone. Finding someone to work out with is a good idea to help keep you on task, but in the end, it all comes down to what you want for results.

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