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Updated: 03/12/2018 03:27:22PM
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John Shepard, owner of CrossFit Punta Gorda, leads his “Longevity” class in their exercises.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

Michelle Rhees, Phyllis Menefee, Jan Trojanowski and Francoise Tibout work out together in the “Longevity” class at CrossFit Punta Gorda.

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Dan Trainor is a personal trainer at Around the Clock Fitness, in Port Charlotte. He also teaches group classes.

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Port Charlotte’s Around the Clock Fitness has about 16,000 square feet of equipment and group exercise space.

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Damon Bishop is the general manager of YouFit, in North Port.

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Lucas Esquivel is a wellness coach at the Englewood YMCA, giving him a chance to meet and work with many of its members.

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In the Englewood YMCA pool, members can swim on their own or participate in water exercise classes.

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By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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When it came to making New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of 2018, there’s no doubt that getting in better physical shape was at or near the top of most lists.

Eating healthier and getting more exercise both garnered 37 percent of the votes of an end of the year poll by Statista, a popular online source of statistics and market research. Those goals were ahead of saving more money, getting more sleep, reading more, making friends, learning a new skill, getting a new job and taking up a new hobby.

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