The Strength in Friends
A few years ago, I attended a seminar in Columbus, Ohio and left feeling the most inspired I think I have ever felt. One of the coaches continued to quote Louie Simmons,
“walk with the lame and you’ll develop a limp.” This quickly become one of my favorite quotes and words that I started to immediately live by.
The goal of this quote is to surround yourself with like-minded people, with people who support you, and who are honest with you. Life is already hard enough with work, family, keeping a household up, and the millions of other things happening. Not being supported by the people around you can make this even more challenging.
Being a part of a community of people can be so beneficial for many reasons. I’m strongly encouraging you to find friends and a community that will support healthy habits! Making friends in the gym community give you a sense of belonging and help to keep you accountable. There’s just something about sweating your booty off next to a friend that’s also pushing themselves just as hard. It’s motivating, it’s bonding, and gives you pride in yourself!
Communities have been shown to:
Create a sense of purpose
Empower decision making
Inspire new ideas and creativity
Increase networking opportunities.
I’ve met so many people through all types of fitness communities; running, CrossFit, powerlifting, and strongman, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have gotten this far without some of those great friends! My advice to you would be to find yourself an exercise buddy or two! If you don’t already have one, introduce yourself to the people around you in your gym community. Take a friend or spouse with you to the gym. Have the important conversations with your family and friends about the support you want and get them involved!
Build your community!