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Fitness resolutions; one day at a time

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Posted By: Camila Orti

With every new year comes New Year's resolutions, and losing weight seems to be on the top of many people's lists.

Gym rats are familiar with the fact that January is one of the busiest months for exercise facilities.

Staff at Good Life Fitness near 3rd and Van Dorn streets say the new year has brought in about 100 more people a day than usual.

"January 1st is the start of everyone's new year and really trying to make improvements on their health and fitness, and yeah it's very busy," owner Steve Auxier said.

But not all of those people packing the gym will make it past March. Auxier says there's a 65 percent drop-out rate after about 12 weeks.

"You're trying to get past that magic date, the hardest part is walking through the front door," Auxier said.

Good Life regular Melissa Daharsh agrees. She walked in the door just over a year ago, and hasn't left since.

"In my first four months here, I lost probably 20 to 25 pounds and over 11 percent body fat," Daharsh said.

Daharsh and others agree it's the intense group classes that keeps them coming back.

"It's really more of like a team atmosphere so everyone's high–fiving and encouraging each other to do better," Daharsh said.

"You work out your whole body in an hour and it's not boring," Tamra Filbrandt added.

They're talking about boot camp classes, which some fitness experts say are great for people looking to shrink their waistlines.

Boot camps combine cardio, strength training and intervals for a calorie–smashing workout.

"The boot camps burn a minimum of 500 to up to 800 calories per session," Auxier said.

But no matter what your fitness goals may be, experts say it's all about taking baby steps.

"Just focus on the daily progress and not so much on perfection and your success is much higher," Auxier said.

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