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Gym memberships on rise following new year

Published 10:01am Saturday, January 5, 2013

As many people resolve to lose weight in 2013, many local gyms are seeing spikes in membership.

Elite Fitness, Anytime Fitness and Total Fitness at Russell Medical Center have all seen an increased interest in fitness since Jan. 1, 2013.

“We’ve been super busy since the first of the year,” said Monty Breland, owner of Elite Fitness.

Manager Shawna Haynie said Anytime Fitness has not only been busy with new enrollees, they’ve also seen a rise in the purchase of personal training sessions.

“We’ve absolutely been busier,” Haynie said. “We’ve had more people sign up for personal training and gym memberships.”

Haynie said Anytime Fitness is currently offering a new year special. Every member who enrolls will receive a free month of membership and tanning.

Elite Fitness is also running a membership special. They are offering memberships at $25 per month without sign up fees.

Cara Tidwell, fitness coordinator at Total Fitness, said Christmas gift cards are available until Jan. 15 and Total Fitness is offering packages at varying prices for non-members and members.

“We have packages for members with a gym bag, T-shirt, water bottle and four 1-hour personal training sessions for $150,” Tidwell said. “We are also offering a one month membership, 30-minute personal training session and water bottle for $50.”

Tidwell said a membership to Total Fitness includes a variety of classes from water aerobics to Zumba and comes with customized exercise planning.

“You’re not walking in blind. We help educate you how to use the equipment and what would be appropriate to help you reach your goal,” Tidwell said. “A month to six weeks later, we offer a free reassessment. We’ll review what you’ve been doing and reassess what you need to do to reach your goals – I think that’s exceptional.”

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