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How to keep your exercise and weight loss New Year's resolutions

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It's no secret that eating healthy, losing weight, and getting fit are at the top of many New Year's resolutions every year.

In 2011, Americans spent $62 billion on health club memberships, weight-loss programs, exercise tapes, diet soda and other fitness products and services. Every January, new memberships nearly double and gyms count on the resolution crowd, most of which inevitably stop coming, every single year to keep their doors open.

With pricey gyms like Equinox continuing to pop up around the country with $150+ monthly dues, some think that spending more on a gym membership with better facilities will encourage them to go more. Think again.

A study found that gym members with contracts over $70 per month go to the gym on average 4.8 times per month, or approximately $17 per visit. If you're spending more, it doesn't mean you'll be in the gym three to five times a week.

Looking for a better solution to keep you motivated and committed to your goals? Try joining a CrossFit gym.

By now, as one of the fastest growing fitness trends worldwide, you've likely heard of CrossFit, the good and the bad. The high intensity, constantly varied fitness program has transformed hundreds of thousands of everyday gym goers into hybrid weightlifting and endurance athletes who are stronger and faster than ever before, regardless of age.

Some balk at the high price of monthly dues at minimalist CrossFit gyms, often set up in warehouses and storage facilities, ranging anywhere from $150 to $300 per month. However, the dues at a CrossFit gym are often significantly less than personal training and often lead to better results.

Additionally, CrossFit gyms are known for having strong communities that add accountability to your workouts. With its group class formats, athletes bond with each other by powering through difficult workouts together. Also, having accountability means that your fellow gym members are helping to ensure every one of your reps not only counts, but are there to help you improve.

Often lost in the cost of CrossFit dues is the nutrition advice provided in addition to training. With high fat, high protein diets that lead to the creation of bodies that look like Greek gods and goddesses, the unorthodox nutrition advice that becomes more mainstream by the day can lead to dramatic results in its members.

By joining a CrossFit gym to help with your fitness goals this year, you'll not only be jumping on one of the world's fastest growing fitness trends, but you'll gain a community of athletes to help keep you accountable, motivated, and transformed for 2014.

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