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Resolutions result in gym time

People are less than two weeks into their New Year's resolutions which means gyms in the area are at their busiest. Statistic Brain, a research website, notes that more than 21 percent of people said their New Year's resolution is to lose weight ...

Body Lift Fitness holds public and private group sessions for participants at their downtown Dickinson location. (Press Photo by Kalsey Stults)
Body Lift Fitness holds public and private group sessions for participants at their downtown Dickinson location. (Press Photo by Kalsey Stults)

People are less than two weeks into their New Year's resolutions which means gyms in the area are at their busiest.

Statistic Brain, a research website, notes that more than 21 percent of people said their New Year's resolution is to lose weight and eat healthier.

Matt Mack, facility operations manager at West River Community Center, said that traditionally January through March is the busiest time of year for the facility, while the traffic tapers off in March when people either start going outside more or give up on their resolutions.

Heather Dressler, trainer and owner of BodyLift Fitness, said that people are more mindful this time of year.

"I think in all fitness aspects there is always an increased awareness in that first month (of the year)," she said.

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WRCC and BodyLift Fitness are in the midst of an eight-week boot camp. All five of BodyLift Fitness' classes are full with 14 people in each class.

Dressler said that having a long-term program, like a boot camp, incentivizes people in a way traditional exercises don't.

"This is why we really like a boot camp because it is an eight-week program that you sign up for, and then it holds you accountable to show up for every session instead of doing it on your own, and you don't have anybody to check in with you," she said.

Dressler said she and the other trainers text boot camp participants to make sure they stay on track and come to the sessions.

"We're more of a community," she said, including that the staff makes an effort to know everyone by name and the trainers hold them responsible as well as their friends and partners in the sessions.

The WRCC's boot camp is also full, and Mack said they plan to add another session soon for people to sign up for.

WRCC is offering triathlon training this year, which Mack said was a first for the facility.

"We are doing a self-paced triathlon now too. That is new this year as well," he said. "That's something to keep people on a program for 40 days and try to hold them to their goals that they are trying to accomplish."

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The triathlon, which consists of running, biking and swimming, is a self-paced program at the WRCC and costs $25. Participants can sign up at the front desk of the facility and track their training in their preferred category: Ultra Ironman, Ironman, Tinman, Olympic and Sprint. If the competitor reaches their goal for their division they will be given a t-shirt.
Both facilities also offer help with weight loss.

Dressler does nutrition coaching, a year-long program to change people's association with food.

"It's more of a learning process, and that means you are more likely to make it a lifestyle change," she said. "I love the program. I think it's a really big game changer compared to just telling someone to consume only this many calories."

The program is done online with a curriculum-style learning with daily reminders, check-ins and tasks to do with Dressler-which she said is a bonus for people who might not have the time to visit in person.

"It's very convenient," she said. "They check in with me daily. We have a coaching atmosphere. It's more convenient because you don't have to come in and sit in front of me."

The WRCC has their own in-house trainers and dieticians, which Mack said is helpful to those with concerns.

"We try to get our personal trainers out there so that the public can see them, and if they have questions or things like that, they can answer those questions and possibly get them on a workout program," he said.

On Friday the community center will be providing free dietician advice for individuals who have signed up for a 15-minute slot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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For more information on membership, sessions and events call the WRCC at 701-456-2070 or visit

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For more information on BodyLift Fitness and the programs they provide visit www.bodyliftfitness.com or call 605-484-4969.
Body Lift Fitness holds public and private group sessions for participants at their downtown Dickinson location. (Press Photo by Kalsey Stults)
Body Lift Fitness holds public and private group sessions for participants at their downtown Dickinson location. (Press Photo by Kalsey Stults)
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