It's that time of year again when millions of us resolve to make positive lifestyle changes in 2016. While many of us have long ago adopted a workout or gym routine into our daily lives, many more are just beginning. While you're searching for the perfect gym, workout, or motivation we have some interesting gym membership statistics that may give you some added incentive. Because we're GymPaws, we also answer the question, Do Gym Gloves Prevent Calluses.
Gym Membership Statistics
In quarter two where are you?
80% of those that sign up for a gym membership stop using it within the first 4 months! So while you may be dreading the crowds of newbies at the gym coming January 2016, you can rest assured that the vast marjority of them will be gone by the second quarter of the year. For those of you that are newbies, remember that the old adage "no pain no gain" isn't true and it's unmotivating. While you are going to experience temporary muscle soreness as you beging your workout or weightlifting routine, you shouldn't be tearing up your hands in the process. Do gym gloves prevent calluses? Yes!
Loyalty doesn't mean squat to the gym chains.
When it's time for New Year's resolutions, gyms, Crossfit boxes, and workout facilities usually sign up 10 times more members that the facility can actually handle. Why? They know that less than 20% of those new members will actually use their memberships regularly.
Women give up on the gym more than guys.
While the gender split is equal at about 50-50 in terms of who buys gym memberships, it's the guys that hold out longer. Of all the gym goers who stop going to the gym within the first year, twice as many women will drop out than men. This may be due in part to the fact that more men gravitate to weightlifting whereas women tend to participate in classes and cardio workouts. It's rare that you have to wait in line to use the 10 pound dumbbells in the weight training room, but you probably will wait more than once to get on that stairmaster or stepmill.
Do Gym Gloves Prevent Calluses
Before we end this post we have to address a common question for new gym goers, and even set the record straight for diehard gymrats. YES gym gloves do indeed prevent calluses! It's not an opinion, it's a fact. Calluses are actually a medical condition called Callosity. This is where the skin grows thick and hard due to excess pressure and friction. It's a natural response of the body to protect itself. Whether you're getting calluses from working out, rowing calluses, or tearing your hands apart doing Crossfit workouts, calluses are not indicative of your level of fitness or skill. Here's a great post we did earlier this year about How To Get Rid Of Calluses From Working Out.
GymPaws Gym Gloves are made from 100% Genuine Leather so you don't have to worry about them falling apart. They'll not only give you hand protection against friction causing calluses, but they'll last longer than your gym membership! Our Original Leather Hand Pads for Gym or Lifting Grips actually fit like a glove without the excess bulky material of traditional bodybuilding gloves. At around $20 they are definitely a worthwhile investment, and just might save you the discomfort of sore hands and help you stay on track with your goals!