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By Payne Horning When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, fitness goals are nothing new, but exactly how people choose to get in shape this year may be changing. Several national surveys reveal that fewer people intend to return to gyms even after the pandemic ends, meaning the at-home workout routine that was once a necessity could now be the preference for many Americans. The fitness research firm ClubIntel conducted two surveys last year of approximately 2,000 health club members across the country. It found that as of November 30, 60 percent of those surveyed had not returned to the gym. The majority of them instead chose to continue their at-home routines. Other surveys report similar numbers. And while uncertainty over COVID-19 is a leading factor in this trend, it is undoubtedly connected to consumer spending habits as well. People scrambled to buy home gym equipment last year after quarantines were imposed and gyms shuttered as they didn’t know when the lockdown would end. Andy Venditti, owner of the Syracuse Fitness Store, said his sales were up more than 100% in 2020 compared to 2019. “There was tremendous demand for equipment,” Venditti said. “They were taking anything they could