Festive blowout spells party time for gyms

Members of the The Village Hotel gym enjoy a workout post-Christmas
Members of the The Village Hotel gym enjoy a workout post-Christmas
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After a Christmas and new year of overindulgence, it’s fair to say the majority of us are carrying an extra inch or two around the waistline.

Whether it was too much turkey, that second helping of Christmas pudding or one too many glasses of wine, for many 2015’s new year’s resolution is a drive to lose weight.

Members of the The Village Hotel gym enjoy a workout post-Christmas.  Pictured is Phil Allen.

Members of the The Village Hotel gym enjoy a workout post-Christmas. Pictured is Phil Allen.

And for gyms across the Fylde coast, that is expected to spark a flood of well-intentioned festive flab fighters as new hundreds of new members join.

At Fylde Coast YMCA, the club has already seen an uptake in members, with hundreds signing up to get fit this month.

Emma Ingle, YMCA marketing manager said: “January is always our busiest time, with over a third of our membership base joining and re-joining.

“In the first five days we’ve already welcomed 200 new adult, junior and teen members, who have joined in our biggest ever membership sale.”

Jimmy Whittle, general manager of TheVillage Hotel in Blackpool, said over-indulgence during the festive period was usually the cause of an increase in members.

He added: “We really expect it to get going this week. It is always January, February time. I think a lot of it is a bit of guilt from Christmas and New Year’s parties.

“You end up over-indulging and people want to get fit. You tend to find a surge in members for at least a few months.”

A survey in December revealed most of us ate around 7,000 calories on Christmas Day – around three times the recommended daily allowance for men and women.

The questionnaire, carried out by fitness club Prestige Boot Camp, showed it would take more than 10 hours of running, cycling at more than 20mph for seven hours, climbing stairs for eight hours and skipping for 12 hours to burn off the 7,000 calories consumed on Christmas Day.

So it is no surprise the number one new year’s resolution rated by the survey is to lose weight, followed by giving up alcohol, getting fit and eating healthily.

Adam Pratt, general manager at Bannatynes Gym in Blackpool added: “This week tends to be the kick-off of new members. From the first Monday after the holidays we expect a good amount of people.

“It is mainly down to New Year’s resolutions. We tend to be a bit quieter before Christmas, but then get older and younger members getting back into the swing of things in the new year.

“The main thing is everyone looks forward to it. We have new faces and people wanting to get fit. I just want everyone to get healthy – the gym is a great place for it.”

James Mitchell, of Ribby Hall Village said: “I think every health club wants a busy week – we have noticed an increase.

“A lot of it is to do with new year’s resolutions. January is the busiest time for us.

“A lot of people overindulge and want to get back to normal.

“It is always good to see new people and existing members come back.”