After the eat, drink and be merry triathlon that is the holiday season, many begin to take notice of frivolous overeating and hit the web for New Year's deals on local fitness centers.
"We have definitely seen an increase in people. There are more people in the gym at any one time. It's the new year resolution crowd," said Rachel Levine, manager of Dedham Strength and Fitness on Providence Highway.
She said that the gym's biggest crowds are in the morning between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. and then in the evening hours.
"We have very dedicated members," she said, adding that they often have 15 to 20 die-hard members waiting for the front doors to open at 5 a.m.
Right now, "spin classes are the more popular." Levine said they offer four classes each week, and are just added another instructor to teach fifth and six sessions, because currently the spin classes are have a waitlist.
Each class lasts an hour and they feature classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced levels.
When asked about the New Year's rush to keep up with resolutions, he said, "We kind of try to get people away from that mentality and to think of it more of as a lifestyle."
He said that Cross Fit Craic is not your typical gym. He describes it as more of a physical fitness training and education center.
"When people come, all they know is what they'll do is difficult," he said.
McEvoy said they focus on small group training and that people are greeted by name. He said he and his staff get to know everything they need to know about their clients.
"We know injuries and we know what each person needs. Workouts are always different. We monitor everyone," McEvoy said.
In his gym there are no TVs, no magazines and no mirrors. "It's a training facility not a health club," he said.
Since his gym is a bit different, he offers a one-hour training class to anyone who comes to try them out.
Jason Zagami, owner of Solid Body Fitness, located at 63 Sprague St., said of the New Year's resolution crowd, "This year there is more activity than last year."
He said after three years at their Sprague Street location, this is the biggest membership boost they've had so far.
"We started a running club and 24 people signed up in the first day."
He added excitedly "thirty people signed up for next Sunday."
Zagami added they have running groups for beginners, 5Ks for intermediate, and one for marathon runners.
This January has seen monthly membership skyrocket to four to five times what it would normally be per month, he said. Their classes start at 5:30 a.m., but their busiest times are at 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and in the late evenings.
Right now their most popular class is "Boot Camp", which Zagami describes as group personal training.
"We keep the classes small – at 10 people – so people get more attention."