Directors for the YMCA at Norton Commons said the facility may see hundreds of new members as people fulfill their New Year's resolutions to get fit. The YMCA is offering to waive the fee to join until January 22 to encourage new members.
Blaine Blood has been coming to the YMCA more often in recent weeks, spurred by friends who want to work out together.
Greg McMahon, a wellness coach at the YMCA
Mike Bramer, executive director of the YMCA at Norton Commons
PROSPECT, KY (WAVE) - Directors for the YMCA at Norton Commons said the facility may see hundreds of new members as people fulfill their New Year's resolutions to get fit.
A couple of branches in Louisville's East End could have 1,000 people sign up to join in the next two weeks, said Mike Bramer, executive director of the YMCA at Norton Commons.
"It's really like the Christmas season for the retail stores," he said. "We see two-thirds of our (new memberships) for the whole year in this two- to three-week period."
For years, people have made resolutions to improve their health, lose weight or eat right in the new year, only to fall off the wagon shortly after the calendar turns to January. Many people get frustrated and tired because they try to go to the gym every day at the beginning, said Greg McMahon, a wellness coach at the YMCA.
"(Results) are hard to get, and they take awhile," McMahon said. "But you've got to show up, and that's probably the hardest part, is showing up."
Coaches said working out three days a week is the minimum to see results, but it's a good starting point for people new to the gym.
"Your body did not get in the shape it's in overnight, so you've got to look at this as a long-term commitment," Bramer said. "The members we see who do that have the most success."
Blaine Blood has been coming to the YMCA more often in recent weeks, spurred by friends who want to work out together. It provides more motivation than trying to do it alone, Blood said.
"I feel good about the direction I'm headed in, and it does feel different," he said. "The nice thing about the new year is, you look ahead, you don't look back."
The YMCA is offering to waive the fee to join until January 22 to encourage new members.
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