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Gym Memberships Are Up in the New Year

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Just a few weeks ago, gyms around Bismarck were pretty bare, but one week into the new year, they're packed with people.

Losing weight is often times at the top of New Year resolution lists, and gyms are seeing an increase in members.

"We could have up to 500 memberships in the month of January," YMCA Executive Director Bill Bauman said. "It's a busy time for us."

He says January and February are their busiest months.

Allen Schauer from Wilton renewed his YMCA membership on January 1st.  At 74 years old, he still makes it a point to hit the gym at least 3 times a week.

"I do 35 minutes on the bike and I start at level one. This time I only made it to level 8 but I usually try to get to ten," he said. "It's just motivation for myself."

Ilishka Delisle at Anytime Fitness says they ring in the new year with about 80 new members.

"I think maybe its just a philosphy of our culture. New year, new you. It's a new year, it's my time to start something different, to do something different than I did last year which I think is great as long as people are trying to do something better and something greater than they did last year. I think thats the biggest thing, people want to reinvent themselves," she said.

Both Ilishka and Bill say their members do drop after a few months, but that the best way people can stick to their resolution is to find a workout buddy and set small goals.

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