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The New Year is just around the corner, which means gyms are about to see a big boost in membership.

At Roseville Health and Wellness some people were working out Friday morning, but it was a little emptier than usual.

Personal trainer Mark Cavallaro said the last week of December is typically the slowest of the year, but that all changes next week.

“It gets so busy the parking lot’s filled,” he said, “The biggest complaint I hear is people have to walk to exercise, (because they) park further away”

Members like Jan Verner notice the up-tick in membership, but she doesn’t mind. She and fellow member Gary Mitchell have ways to deal with the extra people.

“I come at the time when it’s typically not crowded,” said Mitchell.

Verner pointed out, “It is never so busy I can’t find something I like to do. I even go to the rowing machine sometimes.”

In fact, Verner likes the membership boost because it means more people are getting healthy. “They’ve all become my friends,” she said.

Mitchell added his fellow members are what keep him coming back for more. “When I started participating in the classes it was just motivating,” he said, “It’s more fun to be with people, I work harder.”

Even with the gym’s great atmosphere the drop-outs at the end of January still happen, so Cavallaro has this advice, “Nothing happens in one day. It’s about doing things day after day.”

He added the main reason people don’t stick to their resolutions is they go all-out right off the bat, “You’re not going to last.”

On average gyms see a 12% increase in January, but some can see a 30-50% membership boost at the start of the year.

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