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Fitness experts recap 2020 and look forward to 2021

As 2020 came to a close, Kados CrossFit saw a slight decrease in participation with the holidays but Planet Fitness said people were preparing for 2021 memberships.
As 2020 came to a close, Kados CrossFit saw a slight decrease in participation with the...
As 2020 came to a close, Kados CrossFit saw a slight decrease in participation with the holidays but Planet Fitness said people were preparing for 2021 memberships.(Miranda O'Bryan)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:32 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A new year often means new resolutions.

As with most businesses, gyms felt the weight of the pandemic, closing in March and reopening a few months later. Both Planet Fitness and Kados CrossFit said when their doors reopened, members came back in droves.

“When we reopened, we definitely saw that pent-up demand, saw a huge spike in memberships, good spike in usage as well,” said Matt Huff, regional manager for Planet Fitness. “All the regulars coming back.”

“Our normal members have been coming in pretty consistently, we’ve had some new members and then it slowed down towards the end of 2020 but hopefully it’ll pick back up again,” said Tami Aschwege, a coach at Kados CrossFit.

As 2020 came to a close, Kados saw a slight decrease in participation with the holidays but Planet Fitness said people were preparing for 2021 memberships.

“It’s been a really encouraging December already, we’re seeing a lot of normalized joins, a lot of normalized usage, and this past week has really seen a huge spike which is what we normally do right after Christmas, that’s what kind of starts our season,” said Huff. ”All the trends point towards us having a similar January like we usually are.”

For those looking for a gym as a new year’s resolution, Aschwege said to give one a shot.

“I encourage people to come in. You can do a lot of the movements in your garage or at your home but you’re not going to have that community, you’re not going to make friends, you’re not going to have that encouragement and that push to do better than your friends,” said Aschwege. “You’re not going to have those teammates that keep pushing you and encouraging you to come in, it gives you a little bit more accountability.”

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