It has been one week since 2019 began, and New Year’s fitness resolutions are once again in full effect, leaving the three Ames Racquet and Fitness Centers bustling with members.
Brett Halverson manages the memberships of the Ames Racquet and Fitness Centers, but most of his time is spent in the south fitness center located at 3600 University Blvd. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all happening around the same time of the year, Halverson says that they tend to see an influx in membership going into the New Year for a variety of reasons.
“It’s not really that long [of a time period], but stress levels goes up, activity level goes down,” Halverson said. “A lot of people don’t eat the greatest over the holidays, so it’s just a good time to start regardless of whether it’s for New Year’s Resolutions.”
It’s not just new members that are heading to the gym more often during the start of the year, though. Halverson said that the gyms also fill up because some existing members are coming more often.
One big challenge of New Year’s Resolutions, though, is trying to stick with them throughout the entire year. Halverson said that since Ames Racquet and Fitness opened the new facility in South Ames in the summer of 2017, he has seen memberships stay fairly regular. The fitness center has an assortment of exercise options for their members in their facilities, and Halverson said that’s one reason why he thinks members are sticking with the gym longer than they had before.
But even if Halverson does not see some members regularly, he said that this does not mean that they are not exercising. When the weather gets nice, it’s common to see people who would normally be at the facility five days a week, only come in two or three and begin doing more outside activities.
The three locations of Ames Racquet and Fitness have a variety of ways their members can stay active. With over 100 classes that are free for members, personal trainers available and equipment throughout the facility that they can use on their own, Halverson said the main goal is to help their members find what they enjoy doing in terms of exercise and reach their fitness goals.
“A lot of the biggest impacts for people when it comes to exercise are the things that you can’t even necessarily measure as far as energy level and sleeping better and reducing stress and all of those things,” Halverson said.
Halverson said that frequently he’ll have members approach him and ask if they should start running if they want to add more cardiovascular activity to their routine. He follows by asking if running is something they enjoy doing, and most of the time, they say no.
“You have to do something that you like to do because there’s no reason that you shouldn’t like exercising,” Halverson said. “If you want to incorporate a class, incorporate a class. One of the most important thing is that you’re here.”