Gym regulars dreading January, resolution crowds

Posted at 6:49 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 18:49:35-05

CINCINNATI – The new year brings many resolutions for people who plan to get fit.

Most gyms will be packed starting Jan. 1, and some regular “gym rats” said it’s a time of year they dread because of the crowds.

A Nielson survey found that 37 percent of people resolved to get fit in 2015. For about a month each year,  the regulars have to take on crowds some described as “hectic,” “frustration,” or “god-awful.”

“After work, I would literally never come in because you can never get on a machine,” one gym regular said. “It’s crazy.”

One gym veteran, James Moore, said he was planning to either work out at home during January, or join a smaller private gym with a more serious clientele so he gets “just a little bit more control over my workout.”

“It’s good to get out of the house after work and go to a gym, whether it’s privately owner or corporately owned, and get exercise and talk to people and smile,” he said. “It’s good for us.”

By February, regulars said they expected the turnout would be back to normal.

For those who do really plan to stick to their fitness resolutions, trainers say to make others aware of the commitment and get a workout partner who can provide motivation.