New Year sees a surge in gym-goers

Fitness instructor Steen West at Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre.

Fitness instructor Steen West at Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre.

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As the turkey’s been demolished and the sweet tub stuffed with empty wrappers, gymnasiums across Calderdale will see a rise in enquiries.

Private gymnasiums and council leisure centres will see a surge in memberships this January as people shake off the extra Christmas trimmings in a bid to get fit.

Calderdale council’s cabinet member for communities coun Steve Sweeney (Lab, Tod) said: “2013 has been a fantastic year for fitness in Calderdale.

“The council’s Active Lifestyles gym membership reached a record high with over 9,500 members.

“In January, we expect to see the usual large increase in people joining one of our six gyms across the borough and we’re hoping to beat our record in 2014.”

Calderdale council will celebrate 2014 with a ‘New Year, New You’ Active Lifestyle membership promotion - offering new customers 13 months membership for the price of 12.

Private gymnasium DW Fitness Club, Halifax, expects an increase in memberships.

DW sales manager Erica De Belin said: “In the last few days we’ve had quite a people coming through the doors. We expect to see many more through the first half of January. “

The craze to get fit in January can soon wane by February.

Erica said: “We offer six month memberships and if new members take full advantage of the induction course then the likely of sustained fitness activity is much more likely.”

As well as gymnasium exercise, gym-goers can take full advantage of ever popular alternative methods of fitness including Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and other Eastern exercise influences, offered at private and council fitness centres across Calderdale.