With one of the most common New Year's resolutions involving exercise, The Linc is offering fitness challenges to help keep members motivated.
From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, The Linc members can do three fitness challenges, which must occur at the 1299 Lafayette St. facility. Someone can attend 22 exercise classes at The Linc, walk or run 45 miles on a treadmill or track at The Linc, and/or cycle 90 miles on a recumbent or upright bicycle.
"It's a way to assist new members with hopefully staying engaged," said Aaron Grefrath, assistant director for the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. "New Year's resolutions, as we all know, people start them and then they start to fall off, so we added the challenge to help keep them motivated throughout the New Year's resolutions time period."
Those who complete one challenge will receive gift bags. Members who complete two challenges will receive gift bags and T-shirts. Those who complete all three challenges will receive gift bags and T-shirts, as well as have their names entered into a drawing for a free six-month adult membership to The Linc.
The drawing will occur the first week of March, Grefrath said.
To register for the challenges and track progress, iPhone users can download The Linc mobile application, which is not available on the Google Play store. All other smartphone users can download the MyWellness mobile application.
After downloading the application, members can select "join the challenge." While the walking challenge will first appear on the screen, members can view and join the other two challenges.
When tracking machine progress, members can log into the exercise equipment using their phones' Bluetooth or the QR code readers.
Those who do not have a smartphone can track their distance manually while at The Linc, Grefrath said.
For the exercise class challenge, members can book and reserve spots in classes. Once they complete the class, they can declare "done" on the mobile app.
While this is the first time The Linc offered new year challenges, Grefrath said, it has offered other challenges in the summer and spring.