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Downtown YMCA preps for influx of regulars

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the start of the new year, which for many people means making resolutions.

One of the most popular resolutions is to hit the gym, and as we found out, the influx is about to begin.

On New Year's Day, you can't miss the sound of people working out at the downtown YMCA. Gyms across the area are soon expected to be packed, as New Year's resolutions begin. 

"Usually our big turnout happens, like, the second week of January," said Annabelle Pike, the wellness director at the YMCA. "Most people are getting back in their work routines the first week, and then the second week the resolutions really kick in."

To get ready for the new people that will be hitting the gym soon, many facilities, like the YMCA, are already taking proactive measures.

"We definitely increase our staff at the beginning of the year, so that we can make sure we're accommodating all needs of the new people coming in," Pike said.

But, not everyone sticks to the resolution of losing weight and working out. Chase Bowen said he stuck to his goal in the past by getting a wellness coach and a routine.

"I think the important thing was I stuck with it and stayed and kept coming back," Bowen said.

Because even a little effort goes a long way into keeping you on track to tackle the gym resolution.

"[I] give it more than a month," said Frederick Lavender, a regular at the gym. "'Cause usually, before you know it, after a week or so they're gone."

"Start out easy," Pike said. "Start out comfortable and you'll be more successful in the long run."

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