VAN WERT –– Search the internet for reasons why people hate to exercise and here’s just some of what you’ll find: 1) It hurts, 2) I don’t know what to do, 3) I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of others, 4) I don’t like feeling sore the next day, 5) It’s intimidating, 6) It’s boring, 7) I tried, but I didn’t get good results, 8) I don’t have the time, 9) I don’t like to sweat, and 10) I’d rather watch TV.

In an effort to increase activity levels and improve public health, Anytime Fitness has spent the past several years analyzing the reasons why people are reluctant to exercise and devising new programs and strategies to make working out more fun and effective.

The result is a relatively inexpensive package of benefits for new members designed to transform exercise from something that’s dreaded into an energizing habit that more people look forward to.

“The most common complaints that I hear about exercise are ‘I don’t know how to use the equipment; it’s boring; I don’t have the time; and, it hasn’t worked for me in the past,” said David Sabo, managing partner of the Anytime Fitness gym in Van Wert, Ohio. “So, we’ve come up with solutions for all of those excuses.”

“Every year, millions of Americans resolve to lead healthier lifestyles, but fewer than 10 percent achieve their resolutions,” continued Sabo. “Those who succeed in making big changes are able to do so because they’re receiving excellent coaching and support, and they’re genuinely having fun at the gym. When that happens, suddenly exercise becomes a priority and, somehow, you find time that you didn’t think you had to take care of yourself.”

Andy Dye, a member of Anytime Fitness recently shared his personal wellness journey.

“I was a student at BGSU finishing up my senior year, and graduation was right around the corner. At the time, I thought things were fine. Mentally, I was prepared for the real world and everything that I wanted for was finally lining up. Physically, I was at an all-time low, and I knew that I had to make the decision to change my lifestyle completely if I ever wanted to accomplish my personal goals.

At the time I weighed over 300 pounds, and my lifestyle was simple. Monday through Thursday- I ate Hot Pockets on my way to campus, performed hours of deskwork and rarely had the energy for anything else. Most days ended with a visit to Little Ceaser’s and a few hours of video games. The weekends weren’t much different, and my choices only got worse, from frequent bar visits and more late night fast food.

I constantly blamed my schedule for my decisions and knew that I had to maximize my time between graduation and starting my new role in the automotive industry. Luckily, I was able to lose 15 pounds from dieting and a few small changes, and by the time I began my new role, I was ready to take my journey to the next level.

I visited Anytime Fitness while they were still in the process of opening their new facility, which was conveniently opening three miles from where I worked. I remember meeting two employees that day, Jenn and Brian, and little did I know that they’d both play a huge role in my success.

Anytime was different in a good way. The attention I received was genuine, and they focused on each member individually.

I took advantage of my Fitness Consultation with Brian (PT Manager) and we sat down for over an hour, constructing a plan that involved many steps.

Fast forward two weeks- and with Brian’s help I was finally waking up early and working out consistently for the first time in my life.

I met with Chad for personal training every Monday and Wednesday, and took advantage of group classes everyday in between. At the beginning, I was consistently losing four pounds a week and I was extremely motivated to continue the drive. Jenn ran the club at the time and always had new ideas that I could implement to improve my diet, which really helped me get to my goal weight of 160 pounds!

Two years ago I could barely walk the length of a football field without stopping to rest. I’m now a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and proudly stand at 190 pounds, 30 pounds heavier than I was 6 months ago when I decided to focus on building muscle.

I have a beautiful girlfriend who was able to watch my lifestyle transform during my journey, and without losing the weight that I did, I would’ve never had the nerve to ask her out. She is very supportive, although she may say I’m obsessed from time to time.

Thanks to the crew at Anytime Fitness, I’m now living life to the fullest.”

“Andy is a great example of someone who gradually made big changes and is much happier, and healthier, than he used to be,” said Sabo.

Finds of a recent Anytime Fitness survey which surveyed 1,000 adults concluded that 9 out of 10 people who have worked out with a fitness coach experienced positive results.

The survey also concluded that people who work with a fitness coach and who track their activity levels are five times as likely to achieve their fitness goals compared to those people who do not.

Taking the first steps toward a healthier lifestyle is the hardest part, Sabo says. After that, it gets a whole lot easier.

“The secret to making big changes is recognizing and appreciating little victories,” Sabo says. “Getting started can be scary, but with the right type of coaching and support, anything is possible.”

“Most people say the reason they don’t exercise more often is that they don’t have the time,” said Sabo. “How you spend your time and what you do is up to you, but if you’d like to make positive changes in your life, our gym is a great place to get started. A year from now, you’ll be glad you did.”