6 Reasons to Join a Gym in the New Year

Have you ever walked through a gym and been intimidated by all the dumbbells, barbells, and machines that put you in awkward positions? You're not alone.

If you've never lifted weights before, it can be intimidating. And when you consider the many different types of exercises, the amount of weight to lift, the number of repetitions and sets, and the amount of rest between sets, you might think you need a PhD to understand it all.

Gyms have changed and are more welcoming than ever. Once the place where only athletes and hardcore fitness enthusiasts with big muscles went to show off their bodies, gyms are now filled with everyone from Mr. Olympia to the grandma next door.

So why not you too? Here are six reasons why you should join a gym.

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