When you hear people (or gyms) talk about how their gym “has a great community”, you might say “Well, that’s fine, but I’m not really at the gym to make friends. I just want to get in, get my workout done, and get out”. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, below is our list of reasons why we believe that being part of a community is key in getting and KEEPING results in the gym.
- It gives you more of an emotional connection to your own fitness.
When the gym isn’t just associated with a stoic workout, but with laughs, catching up, and bonding over a tough workout, you have more of a connection to your own goals, too. Whether you’re intro- or extro-verted, we all could use a network of fellow humans to stay mentally “in it” when the going gets tough.
- It’s an effortless accountability system.
Having a friend say “Hey, where were you today?” when you miss your normal class time is a lot more convincing than seeing your alarm go off with a message “Go to the gym”.
- It normalizes prioritizing your fitness.
When you’re in a community of people who prioritize working out and eating right, it makes it seem more “normal”. Especially if you come from a background where people give you a side-eye for living a healthier lifestyle, the group can offer support and a reminder that you’re doing the right thing for YOU!