It's a week and a half into the new year. This is usually a time when people are working on their resolutions to lose a few pounds, but this year the bad economy means bad news for those New Year's resolutions.
The start of a new year usually means big business for gyms with people determined to shed those pounds they gained during the holidays. There are some new clients with the new year, but Haffis Banire says with the drop in the economy he's also seen a drop in business. He's lost nearly 30% of his cliental from this time in 2008. "This year it's a lot different. Their resolutions have to be between cutting back work-outs or paying bills," said Banire. Recently Banire cut prices and he's giving more deals so his clients can afford to keep coming.
The Falls Tennis and Athletic Club haven't lost as much of their membership, but there are still some people who can't afford it. "Everybody's feeling the hurt, you know. People that want to work out, we're a luxury, so usually that's going to be the first thing that goes," said Suzie Schumacher who works at The Falls where they've started a no contract option. "We've found a lot of people are scared to commit. They don't know. Their jobs are so vulnerable," said Schumacher.
They've also seen a shift in what activities people are most interested in. "A lot of tension and stress relief is what we've found people are looking for," said Schumacher. That's why they've started focusing on yoga and pilates. They are stress relieving activities during a very stressful economic time.
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