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Local gyms ready to help people reach fitness goals in new year

Gyms in 2021
Gyms in 2021(Kelsey Marier/KOLO 8 News Now)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 4:29 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - As 2021 begins many are looking at new fitness goals, hoping to get in shape, and stay there.

”We have anywhere from, in our morning classes, 35 to 50 people that log in every morning.”

Amy Badger runs the group exercise business Bodies by Badger. Aside from one-on-one personal training, everything is done virtually now.

“Sometimes Zoom is the best way to start because no one’s watching you work out, you can feel comfortable in your own skin in your own home but still see the instructor and get the motivation you need to get started.”

It also allows for much larger class sizes. But there are still options for those who want to get out of the house.

“January is always the time for people with the new years resolutions they want to come out and get fit and get healthy. With COVID it’s hard with the restriction in Maine it’s 50 people max.”

Michael Towle and his wife Melissa Smith co-own Gold’s Gym in Bangor. Group classes are capped at 25 people, leaving 25 slots open for self-paced exercise.

“Learning to pivot, that’s kind of been the 2020 thing where it’s not going to be traditional but at least getting in here and then we can guide it from here.” says Towle.

Gold’s also offers virtual classes through their app.

“Has a library of all the classes we have. You can download the app it’s free for our members and come on and work out from home.”

No matter how you approach fitness, getting yourself moving is a great antidote to the 2020 blues.

“It’s been really hard on people.” says Badger. “Not even so much physically, but mentally for people. They need this.”

“Once people start seeing results. That’s when they really start falling in love with a gym.”

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