Fitness goals common New Year’s refrain

Cal Zimmerman’s New Year’s resolution shouldn’t be difficult to achieve.

He has a routine every year: Gain about 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, burn it off in January and keep it off until the holidays. It’s a cycle has lasted about 50 years, the past 10 at East Coast Health & Fitness.

“Being fit is great for the mind and body,” Zimmerman said. “There was one time I stopped working out for while, because I didn’t think I had the time. That made me feel overweight and sluggish, so I haven’t stopped working out since then.”

Some people will have a tougher New Year’s resolution — to get out of the opposite routine, one in which they work out some of the time or not at all. That means gym memberships usually spike in January.

East Coast sales and marketing manager Jenna Garzoni said about 1,000 people have memberships at the gym, and about 350 are up for renewal every December.

“You have a lot of students that make up that number that will renew their memberships to get ready for spring break, and then they’ll taper off until they come back to get ready for the summer,” Garzoni said. “Other people are also a little gluttonous around the holidays, and they want to get in the gym until there’s nicer weather in the summer.”

Anytime Fitness co-owners Clint and Jennifer Frazier, two weeks removed from achieving their 2014 New Year’s goal of opening a gym, said their next resolution is to help people reach their fitness goals. About 200 people have signed up for memberships at the gym in the past month.

“I’d say about 80 percent of people that have come in here interested in becoming a member aren’t sure where to start,” Clint Frazier said. “That’s where we come in, so we’ll do everything we can to help people stick to their resolutions and reach their goals.”

Christina Vosters recently joined Anytime Fitness to prepare herself for her rookie season as a professional golfer.

“I’ve got to work on my cardio and endurance because a lot of tournaments last four days,” she said. “It’s not only about getting ready for the first tournaments in March. I want to have good health and longevity and be a good example to others, too.”

Nick Blazanin, of State College, has been off and on a workout schedule for months.

“I worked out at Penn State, but there were times that it was almost impossible to get on a piece of equipment in the afternoon,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for Anytime Fitness to open since August, because it’s walking distance from where I live, and I can come in here more frequently and not be in such large crowds.”

Blazanin’s goal is to lose about 15 pounds in 2015.

“It’s all about setting small goals for yourself and not hating it so much,” he said. “You can’t let those little negative things creep into your head that will keep you from getting in shape. You’ve got to think about how good you’ll feel when you’re in shape.”