‘January Joiners’ – A term many will have heard of and if you’re a regular gym goer, you will have likely seen a fair few of them already this past week or so. It is not hard to work out why this term has been coined. January is the start of a new year and therefore the start of a new lifestyle … Or at the very least, just the time to lose a few of those pounds piled on over the Christmas period.
Considering that joining a gym can have such a positive impact, it is surprising that the term ‘January Joiner’ is often said with somewhat negative undertones. Maybe this is because statistics usually show that large numbers of ‘January Joiners’ lack the commitment to keep up their attendance beyond the first couple of months or so? Or maybe it’s just those grumpy regulars feeling annoyed at the fact there is always that extra little bit of competition for the machines? Whatever the reason, there is never a need to feel ashamed about joining a gym, no matter the month!
If you are feeling a tad worried however that you are likely not to keep it up, here are our top 5 tips to help you slash the stigma and be MORE than just a ‘January Joiner’. We will also provide you with handy links direct to membership information at local Bolton gyms as well, just to make it that little bit easier for you to join if you haven’t done so already :
1. Join With a Friend or Family Member
– There is strength in numbers. Literally. Taking yourself off to the gym first thing in the morning or after a long day can prove too much like hard work after a while for many, which is why joining with a friend or family member is often one of the best forms of motivation. Ensuring you stick at it and don’t give up before you really get going.
2. Sign Up For a Gym Induction
– If you have been a member of a gym before, this is often a step that many choose to skip. Most of the equipment is either the same or a variation of what you are used to and if not, it is usually not that hard to get to grips with. However, inductions are free and are strongly advisable for all new members. People often find themselves too nervous / scared to use some of the more technical equipment as they may not know exactly how to use it and are worried others may judge them – If this is you, an induction will help combat this!
3. Take Part in Classes
If the gym itself starts to become too tedious for you, then you will often find that many gyms have full schedules of classes to take part in, all included in your membership price.
Why sign up for a class?
– They can be more fun than working out on your own.
– The instructors and other class members will spur you on.
– It can be a social occasion, as well as exercise.
If classes are make or break for you, then be sure to check what a gym has to offer before signing up for a membership!
4. Go To ‘Sister’ Gyms
I’m sure there are quite a few of you out there who are not even aware this is an option available to you, but various franchise gyms allow you to attend other branches across the country as part of your membership. In some cases however, you may have to pay a higher price for a more extensive package and it is also important to make sure you’re clued up on your ‘parent’ gym’s regulations, as there is usually a stipulation in ratio of time spent at ‘sister’ gym vs. ‘parent’ gym.
Why make a trip to a ‘sister’ gym?
– A change of environment can help prevent the boredom of going to the same place over and over again.
– It can also make going to the gym more of a day out for you.
The only exception to this is if you are a member of an independent gym of course, then unfortunately this does not apply.
5. Set Yourself Goals
– This may go without saying, but the importance of setting goals and giving yourself a purpose for attending the gym cannot be underestimated. Your goal certainly does not have to be weight orientated, which is what may be implied; simply leading a healthier lifestyle, toning up or even not wanting to waste your money can also count. If you do not set yourself a goal or purpose, then there is a higher chance you will give up.
6. Personal Training Sessions
– As we have just mentioned in the last point, gym memberships can be rather expensive for some, so we fully understand that the additional cost of Personal Training sessions are not suitable for everyone. If you really want to see results however, then a PT’s job is to design and tailor your workout specifically for your needs and what you want to achieve – Something to consider investing in if you need that extra boost!
LINKS TO MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION (Bolton, UK)
– David Lloyd : Chorley Street, Bolton, BL1 4AL
– Nuffield Health : 7-10 Eagley Brook Way, Bolton, BL1 8TS
– Total Fitness : Waters Meeting Road, Bolton, BL1 8TT
– DW Fitness, Bolton : Unit 3, Burnden Park, Manchester Road, Bolton, BL3 2NE
– JD Gym, Bolton : Unit 1, Morston Point, Manchester Road, Bolton, BL2 1HA
– The Gym, Bolton : Bolton Gate Retail Park, 9 Turton Street, Bolton, BL1 2SL
– Xercise4Less : Unit 3, Central Retail Park, Orlando Street, Bolton, BL2 1HQ