But... But... The New Year's Resolutionists. The gym picked up in popularity, massively, on 1 Jan. And it hasn't slowed down! Even more inexplicable, the new people we see there are crazy fitness buffs, not just newcomers trying to keep to their weight loss resolutions. There are a lot of unemployed actors in my neighborhood, so it's also consistently busy: if there's a down time, I haven't found it.
There are only 2 stairmills and 10 treadmills. I think I was spoiled by my first year at the gym, when the machines were typically empty and the classes underpopulated (don't even try to get into Thursday's spin class).