Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County- We are now one week into 2013, so have you kept up with your resolution?
Many who vowed to be fit in the new year continue to crowd the gym, forcing those who already use their membership to share the work out space.
Cynthia Scalisi, of Wilkes-Barre, says "it was crowded. The first few days after the holiday it was jammed." If you belong to a gym, you know just what she is talking about. "They need it. People need to move around. People need exercise and this is a lot of fun," says Scalisi. She's been doing Zumba at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA for a year now and says this is the time of year you see the treadmills in motion and the classes full of people fulfilling their new year's resolutions.
Mountain Top resident Ed Warakomski says "this time of year people may feel like they overindulged a little bit for the holidays and there are a lot of resolutions probably," but the influx of people doesn't seem to bother the long-time members some even say it's inspiring. Jack Mulory, of Edwardsville, says "it helps the people in the Y. Helps to keep the facility open for everybody. It's great."
Off camera we heard some grumbling about the lower rates for the new comers, but overall most people said they enjoy seeing the new faces around the gym. YMCA Membership Director Kim Greenip says "we are always trying to think of ways to do something special for the members because we do value them and we want to keep them here."
Exercise is at the top of Edwardsville resident Charlene Modlesky's resolution list. The mother of four promised herself she'd make better use of her membership in 2013. Modlesky says "well right now they are in school, so that is the perfect time and I find time between appointments and I need to make the time, I need to make the time for myself."
Whether you're new to the work out world or your fitness routine is like riding a bike, all of the members agree this resolution is a great way to stay healthy throughout the New Year. "Once you get so much of your body worked and fit that alone is going to motivate you to continue," says Modlesky.
YMCA employees say the crowds pour in around lunchtime and right after work, so they are the times of day to avoid if you want to get in and out quickly.