Staying Accountable

“It seems like just a year ago when I made my first trip back into the Works. Oh yeah, it has been a year Last year on February 14 I came back to the Works after a long absence. When I came back I decided to enter a “check in” on Facebook. As a joke I claimed that this was “one day in a row.” To my surprise several of my friends commented and gave me support. So day one, turned into day two, which turned into day three and on and on.

The staff at the Works is AWESOME!! And the others that go there are terrific too! It doesn’t take long to get to know the people there. I am part of the early morning crew who wait outside the door for 5AM to have the gym open.”Member Doug B (see more below)

One-year ago this morning, as a joke, he posted that check-in on Facebook when he came in after some time away. We noticed and acknowledged him… now, past 52 weeks  he continues to show up bright and early almost daily AND CHECKS IN ON FACEBOOK! We look forward to his early morning check-in and our Welcome Desk staff welcomes him, too!  

Congratulations, Doug on your consistency for AN ENTIRE YEAR! Looking forward to where this journey takes you! 

Our Personal Training Manager Weighs in on Accountability: 

We understand; most people do not enjoy exercise. This places an important emphasis on accountability and how you can stay on track to progressing towards a happier and healthier you. Most of us need something or someone to help keep us going even when we feel like giving up. This accountability can come from a number of different sources. A lot of my clients use their MyZone belt’s to help ensure they are working out at a safe yet effective intensity, all the while being able to see what their friends are doing for exercise. Many times, they will also rely on myself to help keep them motivated even when they are not working with me. 

Another effective means of staying accountable is by finding an exercise partner. This can be someone you physically enter the gym with, or it could be someone you know will check in with you to ensure you aren’t missing those crucial exercise days. This exercise partner could also be someone you simply attend a small group training or Group Exercise class with. You always have the option to utilize technology which has proven to be an effective way to stay on track. Whether it be checking into your gym via social media like Facebook, or utilizing health and specific fitness apps like MyFitnessPal, the tools are available to you!

How do you stay accountable?!” 


Corey Bastianelli BS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Personal Training Manager
The Works Family Health & Fitness Center
P: 603-742-2163 ext. 809


Member Testimonial Shared by Doug B.

April 9, 2017

“It was the middle of February and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Like many people I have struggled with my weight and food addiction for years.

I have held a membership at The Works for several years and have gone through periods of time when I came there regularly and a lot of times when I didn’t.

The evening of the February 13th by God’s grace I decided that tomorrow I would go to the gym. So I got up early in on the 14th. Packed up my gym bag and headed out.

My wife was a huge inspiration for me to get started. I added her to my membership last year and since September she had been going there daily.

She walks the track above the basketball courts. Even through her health issues she has been so faithful to go every day and says she feels stronger for doing it. So what was my excuse??

As I went in I was greeted by the young lady at the desk as she checked me in. There was no condemnation for not having been there in probably close to a year except to bring my grandson to the pool occasionally on Sundays.  I was welcomed as though I had always been going there!

The staff at The Works is awesome! Everyone treats you like you are important!!

As I entered on that day I decided to post a “check in” on Face Book. I thought I would make a little joke about showing up at the gym today. So on my “check in” I wrote, “Well here I go again, this makes one day in a row!” Some of my friends responded to that post by clicking the “like” button and writing positive comments.

That first day I did cardio only. I walked on the track for about 10 minutes and then walked on the treadmill for probably another 20 minutes. But I did it!! I made it there which is the biggest challenge for someone like me and perhaps for a lot of people.

…My experience at The Works is awesome!! I know there are other gyms that might be less expensive on the surface level; however, when you see the value that The Works brings there is no doubt that this is a much better deal. Comparing The Works to those $10 a month gyms is like comparing a Prius to a Cadillac there just is no comparison.

The Works offers so much that the other places can’t even compare to, like racquetball courts, tennis courts in the spring and summer, cardio and spinning classes and so much more!  My grandson loves the pool! I taught him how to swim there as I have been bringing him there since he was 3 years old, that was 6 years ago.

The staff there are all professional and extremely helpful! I go in at 5AM every day and I am now part of the early morning group of people who stand at the front door waiting for it to open. It’s amazing how fast you can make friends there and get to know the others who are on their own journeys as well.

I can’t recommend The Works enough to people. You have to see the whole facility to see the real value they bring!!

February 14th, 2018: One Year Anniversary Wrap Up

I can’t tell you how much better I feel! What it makes a difference it makes to exercise daily! I still have goals to meet with weight loss and nutrition but my daily exercise at the gym is a necessity! The staff at the Works is AWESOME!! And the others that go there are terrific too! It doesn’t take long to get to know the people there. I am part of the early morning crew who wait outside the door for 5AM to have the gym open.