Group Fitness: A camaraderie of people to help you achieve your goals
In order for it to last in the long run, physical activity has to be enjoyable. Obviously you need to work hard, but it’s also about having fun and feeling good about yourself.
Among the things that help people to keep going and get that sense of well-being and accomplishment, one of the most important ones is camaraderie.
Camaraderie in Group Fitness
Camaraderie: the spirit of friendship and community in a group fitness environment, like the camaraderie of soldiers at war who keep each other upbeat despite the difficulty of their circumstances.
Imagine this scenario: your alarm goes off early in the morning. You get up, eat something and get ready to work out. You go to the gym and lift weights alone, looking at yourself in the mirror. While resting, you watch everyone else do the same thing, each one of them focused on their own workouts.
When you are done, it’s time for cardio. You reach the treadmill and run for about half an hour, trying to distract yourself with the TV and with whatever it is that other people are doing. Sometimes you don’t even hear your voice (or anyone else’s) during the whole time you’ve been there. You finish your workout and go home.
Friends through Group Fitness
Now let’s picture something else. The alarm part is the same, but you are not going to the gym, you are going to a Group Fitness. It’s outdoors (if the weather allows it), so you’ll feel the fresh air and the sunlight. When you get there you see the same people you’ve been working out with for the past few weeks. Everyone is your friend by now; some more than others, but all of them support each and every person’s personal goals.
The workout is different every day, but you and your friends tackle the same challenges, share the same frustrations and difficulties, work together or against each other, reach and overcome your personal limits, and get encouragement when you conquer something that was hard for you.
You finish with a smile on your face and go home, with a deep sense of accomplishment and well-being, eager for your next workout.
I’m not going to ask which one of these two options sounds better. There are people who love the gym, but they are not the majority. My point is: camaraderie and support from like-minded people can work as an amazing motivator to push you forward and make you keep going. You can actually enjoy your workout and have fun while doing it. That’s what a Group Fitness environment is all about.
A Group Fitness brings us camaraderie at its best
A Group Fitness group can be very diverse. You can find people who are training for a marathon, trying to lose weight, who have never worked out in their lives or who are fitness experts looking for a new challenge.
Even though each person might be there for a different reason, all of them want to improve through physical activity. During a workout, everyone is giving it their best, working at maximum capacity, and that’s enough to earn the empathy and support from the whole group.
And it’s not just about the support, it’s about friendship as well. Think of all the like-minded people you can meet that maybe you’d never meet otherwise. The fact that everyone in that particular group chose to commit and be there already shows you have something in common. More than workout buddies, you can make true friends in a Group Fitness.
Don’t underestimate the impact camaraderie can have in your performance. If you lack the motivation to workout, or if you just want to experience something new, think about signing up for a Group Fitness. Chances are you won’t regret it.
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