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Gym trade down

Voyage personal trainer Shelley Mayes says you don’t need to rug up like this in winter, the gym is nice and toasty.
Voyage personal trainer Shelley Mayes says you don’t need to rug up like this in winter, the gym is nice and toasty. Georja Ryan

COME winter, an alarm clock can become your worst enemy, especially when it's screaming at you to get your butt to the gym.

Throughout the cooler months, some Southern Downs gym-goers trade their sneakers for slippers and choose hibernation over exercise.

Voyage Fitness manager Jaron Cumerford said he had noticed a drop in numbers coming through the doors this season.

"We normally see about 200 (members) through the door each day but we've had on average about 110," Mr Cumerford said.

He said 6am was usually the busiest time during summer. Winter, not so much.

"When it's cold at their place, it's the getting out of bed that's the hardest part," Mr Cumerford said. "But it's all a mentality and as soon as you're in the car or get into the gym it's all good and it's warm (in the gym).

"You've just got to get up and do it."

Mr Cumerford said the flu and dreaded colds floating around did not help in the motivation department.

"People start getting sick and it gets dark earlier in the day and then people don't want to leave home."

Mr Cumerford said gym memberships tended to slump around this time, too.

There had been five more cancellations than sign-ups at Voyage so far.

"The June-July school holidays are pretty quiet too," he said.

Warwick gym-goer Colin O'Brien said his trick to finding the motivation to trade his warm bed for a treadmill was to not even think about it.

"Just get in the car and go," Mr O'Brien said.

"Once you're there, five minutes and it's hot anyway."

Tell us how you get motivated to hit the gym in the woolly months on our Facebook page.

Topics:  gym, jaron cumerford, voyage fitness, winter


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