THE most exercise many will get this week is lifting a fork to the face, but some in the city are trying to squeeze some fitness into the festive season, one gym reckons.
Taminda gym owner Jake Douglas said his CrossFit clan will be keen to snatch more than another plate of food as he keeps the doors open throughout the holiday period.
While fitness can a take a back seat at this time of year, Mr Douglas said most of his members stay pretty keen.
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“I don’t think we’ll be very busy, but if they know the option is there they might come and get a little sweaty before their next big feast or whatever they’ve got coming up,” he told The Leader.
However, predicting the ebbs-and-flows of the business has been a bit hit-and-miss for the gym-owner, who’s seen his enterprise boom, despite scorching summer heat and initial reluctance in the community.
“Last summer, I thought we’d die out because of the heat and more people just came through,” he said.
“I think when CrossFit started, a lot of people were scared of it, they didn’t really know what it was.
“Now there’s more information about it and more education about what we do and everyone's got a friend who’s tried it now.
“It’s come leaps and bounds worldwide, but, especially in Tamworth they can see it as a proper strength and conditioning program, not just a fad.”
Mr Douglas said he didn’t expect numbers to drop-off a great deal as the year winds down and hasn’t seen rush of New Year’s resolution members in his years at the reins.
“Tamworth is a funny place,” he said.
“We don’t really get a New Year’s resolution so much, I think country music kind of holds that off.
“For the people we have, our main community, they stay pretty strong all year round.”
It may be a case of year-round strength, but Mr Douglas said it was okay to treat yourself in the festive season and wasn’t thinking how many burpees a second serving could cost.
“Just keep an eye on it,” he said.
“The last thing I want is someone feeling guilty about what they’re eating while I’m around.”