Gym gets crowded in January

I have been a member of the same fitness center for nearly fifteen years. I signed up the year they first opened their doors. As the membership fees have increased, so have the many benefits. Instead of just a few treadmills and stationary bikes, the facility now offers row upon row of state-of-the-art machines. I have my choice of all different styles of treadmills and bikes as well as stair climbers, rowing machines and ellipticals. They’ve added machines for strength training that target biceps, triceps, abdominals, shoulders, back and every possible muscle group. Along with the traditional weight benches and dumbbells, there are now a wide range of weight lifting options. I can use kettlebells, free weights, resistance bands, weighted poles, weighted balls or battle ropes. I enjoy the selection of group classes offered in the built-in studio areas. I’ve already taken yoga, pilates, spin and circuit training. There’s also something available at a day and time that works with my schedule and the instructors are certified fitness experts. The only thing I don’t like about the fitness center is the influx of people every January. The gym offers a membership deal that appeals to anybody thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. Suddenly, the gym is super crowded. I struggle to find a parking place, need to wait for equipment to be available and need to search for an empty locker where I can put my clothes. The group classes fill up really quickly. At least 95% of these new members stop showing up within a couple of months.
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