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Approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February, gym managers say

GARY ALLEN - Excell Fitness manager and personal trainer Tony Lelack instructs Jillian Fair on a core exercise last week.

Newberg fitness facilities typically see a small spike in sign-ups around January, while some gym goers stick it out for the long haul.

According to Statistica, an online statistics research center, 45 percent of 2018 New Year's resolutions were to either lose weight or get into shape, but according to U.S. News & World Report approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Some of the statistics are that women are more likely to bail than men, only about half of the members go on a regular basis and nearly half of the gym members work out together.

Excell Fitness had an increase of 50 new members that joined for the New Year. However, the number of cancelations after yearly memberships lapsed amounted to 20 people.

"I consider new memberships versus cancellations, so we have a lot of cancelations this time of year because here people are signed up for 12-month membership. If they signed up last year then they are eligible to cancel at this point in time," said Tony Lelack, Excel's manager and a personal trainer.

One of the ways to keep people working out is enrollment in group programs. One study found that 95 percent of those who started a weight-loss program with friends completed the program.

Lelack agreed with this data: "We try to get them into a group program of some kind. If they try to do it by themselves the odds are against them (staying with it). If they are taking group exercise classes or work with a personal trainer the odds are that they will stay with it."

The Chehalem Park and Recreation District does not track their numbers month to month, so officials weren't sure if New Year's resolutions affected attendance numbers.

"It feels (like) they generally do not necessarily get more users signing up. People do start to tend to use it again if they are already members until around spring break," said Kat Ricker, public information coordinator.

This coincides with the statistics from Statistica, which states that participation starts to drop from late February through April.

"They cancel because their thought is that they will come in five days a week, which is not reasonable, get frustrated and just leave," Lelack said. "They are not just seeing the goals that they want because they think that they can do it on their own. Two or three days a week at first is plenty, especially if they haven't done anything for five years."

Anytime Fitness sees a jump in March. Managers there said they feel that is because it takes time for people go from thinking about joining a gym to actually doing it. However, the gym in the Springbrook Shopping Center did see a jump in January and expect that February will be the same.

"They stick with it a good month or two. … I will start to (make) calls and let them know that we are watching and tracking their workouts. When we do that about three-quarter remain," said Jonathan Flores, club supervisor.

The results? According to Newberg gym managers, January is not necessarily the busiest month for new gym membership, but it seems to remain an even flow through March. After March there may be a downward trend and less lines at the treadmill.

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