Working out with a friend can help push you to your limits, challenge you to do more or even just get you moving in the first place. Most people experience that lack of motivation, the unending excuses to not workout. The little voice in your head telling you that you can always workout tomorrow. We’ve all been there at least once and for some it can be a daily struggle to get yourself going. Having a friend, sibling, partner, relative or even a co-worker to push you and invalidate those excuses can make all the difference. It can make a workout less like a chore and more like a ‘social meeting’.
If one person can have an impact on you, imagine the power of a group. A ‘squad’ can be what you need to motivate you to be your best. How does this happen? Even if you don’t know one person in the group, you can reap the benefits. You become part of a community of people all working towards common goals. Whether it’s building strength, losing weight, or improving coordination, you are all trying to better yourself. Even at different fitness levels, you are all enduring the workout together, as a team. Seeing others around you doing that extra burpee or even struggling to lift one more rep, can help you push yourself to your very best.
This is seen every day in the group classes. The bootcamp crew become friends over time, bonding over the tough workout or even shows or events. A sort of accountability develops. You build that sense of community within the group and soon it becomes a part of your every day life. You miss it when you can’t go to class. It is no longer a chore to workout, but a way to keep up with the ‘squad’. Another motivator is seeing results in others. Over time you might see someone from the group losing weight or lifting more and that can be a significant motivator. It’s easy to get discouraged, extremely easy. But seeing the success of the members of the group can help give you the push you need. Having a positive environment of motivated people can really impact your own success.
Whether you join a group class on your own or drag a friend along– sometimes quite literally dragging that friend– you will gain much more than a good workout! You will become part of a community of strong, likeminded people.