After researching gym traffic from the past three years, Gold's Gym in North Roanoke found that February 7th is the exact day that gym check-ins begin to steadily decline.
Trainers say that members tend to lose focus of their goals because it's been six weeks and they're not seeing results.
Fitness Manager Julian Williams says six weeks is simply not enough time to see results.
Williams also says many New Year resolution goals are not realistic. "You have to set a goal of what you want to achieve then set a goal of how you're going to accomplish what you want. A goal without a plan is just a wish," explained Williams.
To avoid the "fitness cliff", experts say it's important to get in an effective workout in the least amount of time.
If your workouts are effective, staying at the gym for two hours is unnecessary.
Weight training is four times more effective than cardio. Not only do you burn fat while weight training, it also raises your metabolism to maintain your new body effortlessly.
Keep in mind, based off your physical ability and body fat, you can store fat while doing cardio.
Many people are under the impression that cardio is enough to see results. "Your workout needs to constantly change on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis if you want results," said Williams.
The biggest common mistake is only doing cardio which is only 10% of your results.
Optimizing your nutrition is also important. If you burn more than you take in you will lose body fat but the foods must be healthy.
Gold's Gym in North Roanoke will offer a complimentary membership for those who enroll in a training program.
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