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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.