SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Now that it's officially 2018, millions of people are vowing to get fit or lose weight as their New Year's resolution. It's a time when gyms start to see a boost in their memberships.
Day one of the new year seems to be the perfect time for everyone to start their fitness goals. Gyms around the area try to prepare for the incoming rush.
"This is the busiest time of year for interest out of any time," CrossFit Phos West Owner and Head Coach Megan Randall said.
From CrossFit to kick boxing, it's that time of year for fitness resolutions. But do new members actually stick to their goals?
"About 95% of our members actually attend our gym on a regular basis, so we have people sign up for an initial 3 month commitment so they get a really good idea of our programming and what we offer," Randall said.
"A lot of times we get year memberships and I would say about 3/4 of them stick around. Other times, we like the month-to-month memberships that way they get the option to give it a try for 3 or 4 months. If it doesn't work out, that's totally fine," 9Rounds Sioux Falls General Manager David Borchardt said.
Gyms want to make sure that positive relationships form with trainers.
"That side of it is where you're gonna see results, you're going to see the commitment not only from you but from us," Borchardt said.
Coaches also hope to provide motivation to new gym goers so they continue their journey.
"I think the biggest thing that people need to learn is that it's not all about a New Year's resolution, but it's about a lifelong commitment to taking responsibility for your health and wellness and an active role in that," Randall said.
Most gyms around the area are offering specials for those ready to start off the new year sweating. Some memberships are even starting at just one dollar.