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Are 30-minute personal training sessions the new trend?

Remember in the late-1980s movie “There’s Something About Mary” when Ben Stiller’s character picks up a hitchhiker who says he has a better idea than the then-popular “8 Minute Abs” video by trimming a minute and finishing it in seven minutes?

That is not the premise behind 30-minute personal training sessions that are gaining momentum across the country. There is much more behind the 30-minute options than just under-cutting the traditional hour-long segment.

That isn’t to say that everyone is a promoter of cutting a session in half. Of course, there are pros and cons on both sides.

Read on to see what personal trainers, managers and a professor of exercise science have to say on the 30-minute vs. 60-minute personal training sessions subject.

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New year brings new members

If you check out any local newspaper in the first week of the new year you would be hard-pressed not to find at least one, if not both, of these stories: people going to the gym for a New Year’s resolution and the influx of new gym memberships, due to the aforementioned lifestyle change. 

The tone of either of these stories, and the fact that they are still being reported, hasn’t changed too much in recent years, but the reasons, when the deluge happens and what gym owners do to keep them certainly has. 

Some of the reasons for the changes include tough economic times, a heavier emphasis on kicking a sedentary lifestyle means less people using the turn from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 as a reason to get to the gym, and the influx of new members is now spread over all of January and into February and later. 

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"Love Your Muscles" In Support of Augie's Quest

Crunch Fitness is once again calling on the fitness community to "Love their Muscles" in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's efforts to help find a cure for ALS. Read about this and more in This Week in Fitness.

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