Panama City gyms give advice for New Year's fitness goals – The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Rachel Tersigni, manager of Sequence Fitness in Panama City Beach, said there inevitably will be a wave of new members at the start of the new year, eager to fulfill resolutions for weight loss and increased activity levels. 
But how can these new gymgoers stay motivated throughout the entire year and not fall back into old habits?
Tersigni said it is important that they not only set attainable goals, but track their progress along the way. 
“I think it depends on activity level, (but for) someone who is just getting into fitness, showing up to the gym three times a week (to do) cardio and some strength training to get their muscles activated and used to being up and about (would) be the best way to start,” she said. “As you go, add new goals.” 
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Located on Richard Jackson Boulevard, Sequence offers members a variety of amenities, including group fitness classes, a full weight room, cardio equipment and childcare. 
It boasts two membership packages: the VIP package, which includes access to everything and costs either $499 a year or $39.99 a month; and the basic package, which allows access to only gym equipment and costs either $399 a year or $29.99 a month. 
Among those who were working out at Sequence on Wednesday was Liesl Diehl, a Panama City Beach resident, who said one of her New Year’s resolutions is to become healthier before she takes a vacation toward the end of next year. 
Diehl, who was undergoing a fitness assessment that morning with Carin Zachman, one of the gym’s personal trainers, noted that it was her second day at the gym.
“I’m going on a honeymoon in October to Italy and I would really like to be Instagram perfect,” Diehl said. “I (also) just want to be more fit, more active and more able to keep up with my kids.”
As she moved, testing out the variety of workout equipment available at the gym, Pamm Chapman, a group fitness instructor, led a Body Pump class with about a dozen participants in a room about 20 yards away. 
Like Tersigni, Chapman agreed that she notices a wave of new members at the start of every new year. She also said many come in with unrealistic expectations. 
“I love it anytime (anybody) wants to start a new fitness regime because as you get older everything starts breaking down,” Chapman said. “(New members) need to probably start out more moderate and then work up, as opposed to going full-force every day of the week.”
According to a press release from FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center, Forbes reported that about 80% of people quit their New Year’s resolutions by February. 
The release also notes a handful of tips to prevent this from happening. They include making smart goals, determining why the goals are important and finding an accountability partner. 
Along with agreeing that setting good goals is important, Ginger House, owner of Burn Boot Camp in Panama City Beach, said she believes regular gymgoers should be more welcoming to new members. 
This creates a sense of community that can help those working toward a New Year’s resolution stay on track. 
Unlike Sequence, Burn Boot Camp does not have an open gym, but offers eight 45-minute camps throughout the day for members. The most popular membership is the unlimited package, which costs $129 a month, House said. 
“There’s a lot of unrealistic expectations, (but) once you have the right education (and) the right coaching, motivation and understanding, you’re able to see yourself chip away at realistic goals and ultimately make it a lifestyle instead of a six-week adventure,” she said. “The fitness community, in general, needs to gatekeep a little bit less and be a little more welcoming and have more of a community mindset.”


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