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Another year, another (ho hum) resolution
By Matt Stone

January 7, 2006

We’ve all 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.

For the majority of those who make such claims, motivation dies off quicker than the New Year’s buzz.

Yet, for 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 alternatives. 

“This is the most crucial time of year,” said Margaret Smith, an owner of Just For Her. “(They) want to start the new year off (right).”

“My busiest time of year,” noted Rose Courtney, a certified fitness trainer.

With many 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 Aspire Fitness.

People 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.

Finding a way to get fitness-seekers to work out is only half the battle, after which their spirits must be maintained at a high level.

“You have 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.

Chuck Howard, owner of Champions Personal Training, believes in starting people on their weight-loss program well before the New Year.

“Instead of a resolution, it’s a solution.”

For 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 himself.

“It’s quick, effective and fun.”

While many trainers implement these new and fresh methods, not all the popular training types are modern.

“People are interested now in Pilates and yoga,” said Whiteford.

Pilates, a 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 of mind.

Styles of working out have become more varied as well. Circuit training--moving from one workout station to another--is utilized by many fitness centers.

“I’m finding even more of a shift to small-group circuit programs,” said Howard.

There are 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.

“Keeping track of what they’re eating,” Whiteford said, “I’m finding that’s the most important part.”

“Adjusting portion size or quality of food,” added Maggie Baldwin, owner of Curves for Women

A regimented diet will help, especially coupled with exercise.

“It’s not a quick fix,” said Baldwin, “but does it work? Absolutely.”

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.









































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