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Spokane gyms see spike in new year activity

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The YMCA downtown was packed on New Year's Day. The YMCA downtown was packed on New Year's Day.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's one of the most popular resolutions every new year. Some may want to save more, or maybe eat better, but for others the goal is getting in shape.

On Friday the gym at the YMCA downtown was packed. There were lots of regulars and some wanting to start the year the right way. Manager Daniel Stoltz says they see about twice as many people signing up for memberships right now versus the rest of the year. He says they're busier over the holidays, but part of that is the cold weather forcing people inside to keep in shape during the winter.

Some of those who sign up for a membership try too hard too fast and wear themselves out by February or March. Stoltz says anyone hoping to get in stay in shape should start out slow.

The employees at the YMCA say the majority of new members are looking to work on cardio and lose weight, not lift weights and bulk up. For those hoping to do cardio, the YMCA has TVs on the treadmills and the elliptical machines, and some even have touch screens with Internet access.

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