New year rush hits the gym

By Riley Hill

If you’re looking to get in shape for the new year, you’re not alone.

Managers at the U of C Fitness Centre say students can expect large crowds this January with the usual surge in gym attendance that comes at the beginning of the fall and winter semesters.

“Our two busiest times of the year are when everybody comes back in September and January,” said Chris Gordon, manager at the Fitness Centre.

Attendance generally thins out as the semester marches forward. Gordon recommended that students plan ahead if they want their new routine to last late into the year.
“People new to fitness tend to take on too much,” Gordon said. “If you can set realistic goals, you’re more likely to meet them.”

He added that the gym is busiest at noon and from 4–7 p.m. Choose a different time to avoid the crowds.