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Bay St. George YMCA membership spike regular occurrence after holidays

Athlete Ryan MacNeil Lamwood is being spotted by friend Megan Gabriel while he bench presses some weights during training at the Bay St. George YMCA in Stephenville.
Athlete Ryan MacNeil Lamwood is being spotted by friend Megan Gabriel while he bench presses some weights during training at the Bay St. George YMCA in Stephenville. - Frank Gale

While an influx of members are expected at the Bay St. George YMCA in Stephenville once students go back to school, it doesn’t bother Ryan MacNeil Lamswood, a regular user of the facility.

Cheryl Johnson, operations director at the facility, said there is the usual “after-Christmas” influx with an uptick in membership that takes place around the second to third week of January and can run right into February.

She said it’s a combination of people making New Year’s resolutions and others who have been away for a while wanting to get back into good form.

“Some members usually take a little reprieve during the holiday season, so it’s just a little damage control for them after some overindulgence,” Johnson said.

For MacNeil Lamswood and his friend Megan Gabriel, hitting the gym is a pretty regular thing as both are involved in hockey, and MacNeil Lamswood in golf and curling so they like to keep in good condition.

He said he’s never had an issue with being able to get a workout done at the facility as there’s lots of equipment to do your workout on.

“It’s a great way to kill an hour or two,” MacNeil Lamswood said. “Everything is here and you just work away.”

Johnson said with the recent addition of a circuit room at the facility, it’s much more user friendly – especially for newcomers.

This is an area where both men and women can work out on equipment, which she said is less likely to cause injuries for those starting out. She said free weights can be intimidating and users can eventually make their way to that area if they desire.

While there are spikes in membership at certain times of the year, Johnson said their membership level is pretty consistent for most of the year and certainly viable enough to keep the facility in operation with a large variety of programs offered there.

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