Fitness

Five Reasons to Join a Fitness Community

October 6, 2017

Up until a couple of years ago, I would have laughed at you if you told me I would be a part of a fitness community. I have never had a gym membership, took any group fitness classes, or cared about other people watching me and my terrible form. However, I started working out at home with Tone It Up, and found an online fitness community that I really enjoyed. Then, I came across The Barre Code and developed a passion for group classes.

Today, I see fitness studios popping up everywhere. We have barre studios, Crossfit, cycling, boxing, yoga, and so much more just in Plano alone. With such a huge variety, now is the time to check them out and find a community that you can be a part of. There are also a variety of online communities that encourage you to post videos and photos and engage with other people, like Tone It Up.

Here are a few reasons I think everyone should be a part of a fitness community.

Friendship

Once you find a workout that you actually enjoy, you start to notice the other things you have in common with your workout buddies and develop friendships.

I developed some incredible friendships through The Barre Code and Tone It Up. Fitness initially brought us together, but our common love for chocolate, dancing, singing and more is what keeps us connected.

Accountability

When you are a part of a fitness community, you are held accountable by other people. Whether you make plans to meet someone up there or are just there at a regular time every day, people expect to see you. Working out with others also motivates you to push harder and hold moves longer.

When I go a few days without visiting The Barre Code, I have people that miss me and check in on me. I also know I can hold chair a lot longer next to other women struggling with me then when I am at home with no one watching.

Challenges

Most gyms, studios, and online programs host challenges to get you extra motivated a few times a year. Challenges motivate you to work harder or take more classes than your usual schedule allows. Typically, you have the chance to win prizes too. The excitement and energy surrounding a challenge is contagious and will help you push yourself.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for a fitness challenge.

 

Events

One of the best parts of community is spending time together. Most fitness communities host events for their members to workout and spend time celebrating together.

Every event I have attended has been so fun. The Barre Code hosts events each year that brings in all the girls from various “regular times” and allows us a chance to work out together. Then, we can grab a couple of drinks and catch up.

Even online communities host events. A few weeks ago, I went to the Tone it Up Tour and spent a wonderful afternoon with fellow Tone It Up girls. Check out my Ariana’s recap of the event.

Fun

Lastly, being a part of a fitness community is fun. The challenges and events are just part of the fun. When you find a fitness community to be a part of, you will develop friendships and accountability. Working out with others is more motivating and fun than by yourself.

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26 Comments

  • Reply meaghan October 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Great post! Love the Barre Code!!!

  • Reply Maria - Dapper House Designs October 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

    So true! I tend to work our harder and longer whenever I am working out with other people I enjoy being around.

  • Reply Angela Tolsma October 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Oh gosh, this is exactly why I joined a yoga studio. I just really need to work on my networking within it! I love the workout community and how positive it is!

  • Reply ChrissyAdventures October 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I completely agree with you! For the challenges, the motivation, the inspiration, and the accountability- these are all good reasons to join a fitness community.

  • Reply Morgan Shaw October 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    It is interesting you have a chance to wi.n prizes and made friends from the gym! I never heard of any of these places perhaps because I don’t exercise or because I live in the uk? Morgan

  • Reply Ariana Travelstead October 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Oh my gosh what a wonderful way to sum up ALL the amazing ways you can join a fitness community. Love it! And it shows that there’s something for everyone. Thanks for the shoutout Jess and I am so thankful that TIU brought me to meet you <3

  • Reply Cassie October 6, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve never joined a fitness community but I can definitely see how inspiring and motivating it could be. Sounds like a lot of fun to be a part of

  • Reply Mary October 6, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    What a great community you belong to! It is always so much easier to exercise with friends!

  • Reply Julie October 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Love this! Love you!!!

  • Reply Stephanie October 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    These are all such great reasons to join! I love the accountability part because it truly aids in motivating you when you don’t feel like working out. I have yet to find a fitness community where I feel comfortable in

  • Reply Kylie October 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Fitness communities are the best! I joined Tone It Up a few years ago to prep for my wedding and loved all the encouragement! Great read!!!

  • Reply Ananda October 7, 2017 at 12:17 am

    such a wonderful group!! you all look so happy and vibrant! great community!

  • Reply Jenny T October 7, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I love this article and your advice. I am part of a fitness community made up of neighbors and friends. It makes working out 100 times more fun and we always WANT to show up to see each other and our instructor.

  • Reply ivana October 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Those are some really nice reasons to start to thing about this theme, thanks for sharing xo

    http://www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

  • Reply Lifestyle Blog October 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great reasons, I find fun the most important as it raises your mood instantly. And I would add perseverance too. Being a member of a fitness community really help you to be perseverent.

  • Reply Mallory October 8, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I do Class Pass right now with my best friend and love it since we can bounce around from studio to studio. I’d love to find a fitness community though! It sounds like there are so many subsequent benefits other than fitness!

  • Reply Eloise October 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I usually love working out at home, but miss the comradely lately! I moved a year ago and while I have made new friends I’m wishing to have a more close friendship near by that I can see on a more frequent basis (A good friend!) I have been thinking about joining a fitness community to help make this possible ; )
    thanks for the post!

  • Reply Susannah October 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    That’s so cool that you’ve found your people! I think I need to look into a fitness community!

  • Reply Anushka Wickramaratne October 8, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Aaaahh, yes! I love finding my tribe during community workouts. There’s nothing better than sweat dates! And you definitely have to show up or explain your absence the next day, haha.

  • Reply Carol Cassara October 9, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I think it’s an amazing idea! Especially for people who prefer to workout with friends or with company. It’s definitely going to motivate you to workout more.

  • Reply Stephanie Suire October 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

    So FUN! You shared some great reasons to be a part of a fitness community. I know that it also pushes me outside of my comfort zone and allows me to try new things!

  • Reply Heather October 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

    You’re so right! The accountability and friendships make all the difference.

  • Reply Mai Lyn Ngo October 9, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Community is everythingggg!!! So glad you’re part of several groups. It’s so fun!

  • Reply Lauren Knippel October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

    These events look like so much fun! Meeting new friends is definitely a huge perk to a fitness community : )

  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health October 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

    yess so many great reasons to join a fitness community…and you really make great friends!!!

  • Reply shamira west October 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    These are all great reasons to join a fitness community! Great Post!

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