GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
It's been one week since we all rung in the New Year, giving us days to break that resolution. However, for some who chose to shed some pounds in 2013, they're continuing that fight for a change with the help of local gyms.
With both major area gyms, Gold's and Crossroads Fitness, offering workout challenges for their members, they’re giving people a reason to get into shape.
Gold’s is offering a 12-Week Challenge where you could win thousands of dollars, and will cost you $35.
“In the past, we have a really high success rate of people being able to maintain their lifestyle,” said Trae Tripoli, group fitness manager at Gold’s Gym.
Crossroads Fitness has a 90-Day Challenge free for their members, with a chance to win a free one-year gym membership.
“Basically, the idea behind our 90-day challenge is that we want to give our members as much support as possible,” said Molly Johnson, of Crossroads Fitness.
Although, is 90 days enough to make this possible fad into a habit?
Local psychotherapist Michael Costello says it is.
“As a rule of thumb, you look at a minimum of six weeks to make something new a routine part of your life,” said Costello. “You could end up being up in the 60, 70 day range as well.”
Previous participants have proven this to be true.
“It becomes part of you lifestyle just like you would go to a meeting or getting out of bed to go to work,” said Missy Carpenter, 12-week Challenge participant.
This will be the third year Carpenter is participating in the challenge. Last year, she lost 37 pounds during the competition.
“I think it’s all mental,” said Carpenter. “You have to think this is who I am going to become, this is who I really am.”
“It’s a competition to get you jump-started towards your goals,” said Tripoli.”But what we would like to see is you continue that lifestyle after the challenge.”
A challenge that officials say is only an example of what you can turn into a habit, and add that just the power of will could go a long way.
For more information on the 12-Week Challenge, click here.
For more information on the 90-Day Challenge, click here.