I once read that studies show loneliness is as detrimental to your wellness as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
One of the most prevalent marketing words that followed the pandemic is “together.” We didn’t realize how much we took the “power of people” for granted, and in the wake of social distancing, we were left with exponentially increased rates in addiction, depression and suicide.
We are inherently created to do life with others. Even though my introvert friends will initially raise an eyebrow, even they admit that being fully alone in life isn’t ideal.
Years ago, before I opened the gym, I was a Beachbody Coach. My role was to make people healthier by selling them at-home workout programs like P90X, Insanity, etc. I had all the salesy lines: You don’t have to drive to the gym! Take it at your own pace! Workout in whatever clothes you want because no one will see you!
The problem was, I did the programs myself, alone in my living room. Nope, I didn’t have to drive to the gym. Yep, I could wear whatever I wanted. But I was… ALONE. There was no one there to cheer me on, or to high five when we were done. There was no one there to make sure I was moving safely. There was no one there to notice when I wasn’t feeling it and just hit “stop” on the DVD player, which I did A LOT.
Beachbody is still around, but there's a new era: Pelaton, Tonal, there's even a personal training mirror thingy. Same concept, same loneliness. SAMESIES.
See, there’s something really cool that happens when you surround yourself with people who share your goals and lifestyle.
Please don’t misinterpret that: While some people live by the “beast mode” mentality, others are just starting their fitness journey and both share the same goal of being better today than they were yesterday. No, they’re not lifting the same amount of weight or rowing at the same speed. But they’re both in the same class together and working toward that shared goal.
Here’s the real power of people in fitness:
- Having a fitness family means people will get you in the door. They’ll know when you show up and when you don’t. When you don’t, they’ll ask why and hold you accountable.
- Being surrounded by others will make you push harder. As we say in CrossFit, “the loudest cheers are for the last to finish.” There’s no man – or woman – left behind in this gym. We’re all in this together.
- Because you’re not going to quit, you’re going to get better results. If the power of the group pushed you to get one more rep in every class, or finish a few seconds faster, those small things add up to big results over time.
- You’ll find real-life testimonials of people just like you who made the commitment, consistently walked through the door and achieved things they never thought they could do.
- And finally, the power of people means having fun. At Together We Rise, we like to say, “We take our workout seriously. Ourselves? Not so much.” Our different class crews (early morning Zombies, mid-day Adult Recess, afternoon Adult Daycare and evening Happy Hour) can always rely on each other for support, encouragement and lots of laughs.
So if you’ve tried traveling your fitness journey alone, or if your journey is just beginning, remember that this is a road best traveled with others. Find a community that shares your values, a culture that pushes you to succeed and one that puts an emphasis on the word “together.”
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