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At the turn of the New Year getting fitter is usually top of most people’s priorities. But one out of every three people who join a gym in January break their resolutions by quitting after just three months. In the April issue, you’ll find tips from trainer Lewis Thorneycroft of Protégé London (protegelondon.com (opens in new tab)) to help you stay strong beyond the end of March. Here are more of his suggestions.
 
23% …find going to the gym boring
‘If your training feels a bit aimless, book yourself in for a spin class or one of the new and increasingly popular classes such as CrossFit. It will introduce you to challenging workouts. If you find it’s too much for you, you can always scale it back depending on your fitness.’
 
24% …say gyms cost too much
‘Most gyms offer flexible membership options as well as simple 12-month contracts – find out if there’s a pay-as-you-go deal. Or pay for classes on an ad-hoc basis in combination with non-gym exercises such as sprint intervals, park workouts (do pull-ups on trees or dips on benches) and climbing.’

47% …will quit because of a lack of time
‘If getting away from work in your lunch break is a problem, you can get an ultra-effective cardio workout in your office stairwell. Sprint up the stairs and walk down to get your breath back. Repeat as many time as you can manage.’


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Sam Rider is an experienced freelance journalist, specialising in health, fitness and wellness. For over a decade he's reported on Olympic Games, CrossFit Games and World Cups, and quizzed luminaries of elite sport, nutrition and strength and conditioning. Sam is also a REPS level 3 qualified personal trainer, online coach and founder of Your Daily Fix (opens in new tab). Sam is also Coach’s designated reviewer of massage guns and fitness mirrors.