LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It's almost a tradition at this point - millions of Americans heading to the gym to start on their new year's resolution of getting in shape. This year, millions will start the journey again.
However, due to the pandemic, some may be less comfortable heading to the gym right now. Local gyms are adjusting their expectations for this New Year's holiday.
Steve Shook, owner of Parkwest Fitness, says the gym has about 70% of their normal memberships. They had been steadily increasing since they re-opened earlier this year. As people begin their resolutions, he expects much of the same.
"What we think we'll see more of is just that continual gradual bump bak up to the levels of usage and revenue we were experiencing before the pandemic," Shook said.
One gym that didn't lose as many memberships during the pandemic was Corn Country Cross fit. Owner Stephanie Okeafor says their small size helped.
"We were a little bit lucky in the fact that we weren't so big yet," Okeafor said.
"I was able to send home equipment with all of our members, or at least the ones who wanted to participate at home."
Both owners are emphasizing cleanliness to draw back members and gain new ones, as well as running special promotions for the new year.