Jan 3, 2010 7:29 PM by Sarah Rosario
It's that time of year when people start heading back to the gym. Lafayette gym owners are calling Monday, the busiest work out day of the year. With increased staff, fitness centers are getting ready for the crowds.
Whether you call it losing weight, getting fit or staying toned, working out is the most common New Year's resolution. "It's always exciting around fitness centers in January and then it becomes kind of frustrating because people's new years resolutions don't last very long," said City Club Fitness Director Nathan Pry.
City Club gym member Shannon Hommerbocker has been working out for the last year and a half. Since she's a regular, her New Years resolution is more focused. "I need to work on my legs. I've always had long skinny legs. My nick name use to be Olive Oyl, so I don't want to be that anymore. I want to have nice fit legs," she said. Fitness instructors say the key to working out is longevity. Start with cardiovascular fitness like running or walking. Then follow up with strength training and then nutrition.
"I'm going to try to keep going but usually what happens is I'll go for a month and then I'll stop. And then I'll start going again when it gets hot, for the summer time," said Red's gym member Katie Alleman.
Trainers say the key to sticking with it, is changing it up. "I would say, look I'm going to go to the gym until the middle of February and then I'm going to get a trainer; till the middle of March. Then I'm going to try yoga from March until this or whatever, and you know just keep it revolving and keep it fresh."
Red's gym member, 63 year old Buddy Lebas said, "It's not something you can do for three weeks or six weeks and be successful. It's something you have to do for the rest of your life." Lebas has been the same weight since he's been in college. For him working out is part of his daily routine. "It's like brushing my teeth, and its fun." If it works for him, it definitely can work for you.