If you’ve decided to get fit in the new year, here are a few tips

The best way to keep up with your fitness goals is to stay consistent, according to Trainer Tracy Stolle. (Melanie Occhiuzzo/Southside Daily)
The best way to keep up with your fitness goals is to stay consistent. (Melanie Occhiuzzo/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — At the beginning of the new year, the ever-popular tradition of making your New Year’s resolution begins and trying to get in better shape is a common one to choose.

Tracy Stolle, personal trainer and marketing and sales consultant for 24-7 Fitness in Virginia Beach, has some important information to share for those looking to start working out in a gym to reach their 2019 fitness goals.

“I see this every year, it gets so crazy,” Stolle said, referring to the amount of people who are looking to get in better shape in the new year.

But despite that, she sees those types of people coming in year-round — there’s the springtime when people are trying to get ready for the beach and the fall time when people are trying to get started with the new school year and then there’s the post-holiday rush, she said.

Stolle said she thinks people tend to get really busy around the holiday season and put off getting that gym membership until January, causing the rush.

Stolle has been in the business since 2007 and has a wealth of knowledge to offer including a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, an ACE Certification. She also worked as a personal trainer and fitness director since 2007.

“It has to be a lifestyle change,” Stolle said, adding a big reason why people tend to quit their gym goals is because they aren’t seeing fast or immediate results.

The trainers are a big part of the process and they are supposed to be there to educate you, she said.

Finding the perfect fit

When you’re going to find a new gym, Stolle recommends looking for the following things:

  • Decide when you’re going to workout and find a gym that fits the time and location where you’ll be when you want to go.
  • Check out the atmosphere. Are people friendly? Do they offer orientations and introductory training sessions to help you learn?
  • Look at the equipment and classes offered. Is there a variety of machines and classes available for use that match your needs?
  • Learn about the trainers on site. Are they nationally certified? Do they offer a wide variety of training options for your needs?

Finding a gym that meets all of those criteria and then using your gym’s resources is the best way to keep up with your fitness goals, Stolle said.

She recommends building a repertoire with your trainer so they know how to help you with your goals, taking advantage of introductory training sessions and orientations, and looking into the other services the gym may offer.

Stolle also emphasized the importance of finding a trainer who is nationally certified and has a degree because that trainer will have the training and tools to help you best achieve your goals.

Finally, Stolle leaves this with one parting piece of advice: “Stay consistent, it is the best way to see results.”

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