done it: gotten on the New Year’s
resolution bandwagon. You know what they
are: I’m going to stop smoking, save
more money, be more considerate of
others, lose that extra pound (or two)
-- the list goes on.
majority of those who make such claims,
motivation dies off quicker than the New
at least one of these lofty promises,
hope abounds. Kyrene Corridor residents
may not know it, but a wide selection of
fitness options virtually surrounds
them, including traditional gyms,
personal trainers and other
the most crucial time of year,” said
Margaret Smith, an owner of Just For
Her. “(They) want to start the new year
busiest time of year,” noted Rose
Courtney, a certified fitness trainer.
of the people who make self-improvement
resolutions self-conscious about their
appearance and hesitant to go to a gym,
a niche of personal trainers will bring
the workout to you.
“A lot of
people don’t like to go to the gym,
especially if they’re really overweight
or not confident about the way they
look,” said Karen Whiteford, owner of
with fewer inhibitions about their looks
may have other binding commitments that
prevent them from exercising at a
conventional fitness center.
“I go to
people’s homes; mostly I train people
who don’t have the time to go to the
gym,” Courtney said.
way to get fitness-seekers to work out
is only half the battle, after which
their spirits must be maintained at a
to get into the person’s brain and see
what’s holding them up,” said Courtney.
Psychological deterrents aside, people
have to be completely committed to
reaching their goal.
Howard, owner of Champions Personal
Training, believes in starting people on
their weight-loss program well before
the New Year.
of a resolution, it’s a solution.”
traditionalists, their efforts will not
begin until Jan. 1. While losing weight
has been a common New Year’s resolution
for ages, the forms of exercise have
evolved. There have been innovations,
such as the one Howard implements at his
center. Champions boasts the only
interactive virtual reality training
west of the Mississippi, as well as
personal programs developed by Howard
quick, effective and fun.”
trainers implement these new and fresh
methods, not all the popular training
types are modern.
are interested now in Pilates and yoga,”
technique developed over 70 years ago,
focuses on the spine, proper breathing
and flexibility, with an outcome of a
balanced body. Yoga mirrors Pilates in
that it aims for tranquility and peace
working out have become more varied as
well. Circuit training--moving from one
workout station to another--is utilized
by many fitness centers.
finding even more of a shift to
small-group circuit programs,” said
other ways to lose the weight, such as
dieting. No matter what kind of program
you consider, it is advised to consult
your doctor first. Starting slow and
working sugars and fats out of your food
are typical beginnings.
track of what they’re eating,” Whiteford
said, “I’m finding that’s the most
portion size or quality of food,” added
Maggie Baldwin, owner of Curves for
regimented diet will help, especially
coupled with exercise.
a quick fix,” said Baldwin, “but does it
The great thing about New
Year’s resolutions is they are easily
recycled. So if you find yourself
unsuccessful by the end of the year,
don’t worry: there’s always 2007.