Training with a Team Mentality: How The Right Support Keeps Us On Track
For essentially the entire history of humankind, we’ve been tribal creatures. Historically, we’ve relied on one another to feed our families, take care of the sick, raise our children, socially interact and compete with one another and much, much, more. While today we might not have the same life or death reliance on one another, we are definitely still humans, and in that, we’re meant to share experiences with one another in a social way. It's become easier and easier to live a seemingly independent life, keeping up with friends primarily via social media and other technologies, but the truth remains that we need each other for support and encouragement!
This is especially true when it comes to your fitness routine. Yes, you are strong and perfectly capable of training your behind off with no witnesses to boot. But if you’re sometimes lacking in motivation, struggling with perfecting form on a certain movement, or find yourself slacking by the last set (just us?) then finding a fitness squad to help you crush your goals is a simple way to up your game to the next level. Let’s break it down.
Motivation for Workouts
First things first, yes, sometimes it is hard to even get out the door and go train in the first place. We’ve all been there when Netflix is continuing on to the next episode and we suddenly experience the high-gravity conditions that are the couch, as we struggle to slip on our sneakers. Resistance is futile. That is, unless someone will miss you if you don’t get your butt up and go right now!
When you’ve committed to workout plans with a friend or a small group, then you know someone is going to call you out for not showing up. When people are counting on us we are way more likely to deliver on plans, including workout ones! Try making your next GB workout plans with a friend who you know will love the intensity, or schedule a run with your coworker to unwind after work.
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We all know what it feels like to get tired, or strained in a workout – the exercise is taking a toll on us, and we are struggling to keep energy high to finish. On our own, this might result in cheating a rep, quitting early, or simply not giving enough “try-hard” in each movement or exercise. The competitive nature of people, along with the upbeat attitude of a group, can help keep us pushing hard, long after we might have quit on our own. When you finally reach that point in your workout, having a partner there to say, “You got this!” can help you pump out that last set. In addition, we love to compete with our friends and push ourselves to the limit. Partner workouts are the perfect place to push it in a fun, motivating way. Think about inviting a friend over for a killer at-home workout from the GymnasticBodies Online Courses and skip the gym altogether!
There’s nothing like mastering a new movement only to find out that, in fact, you’ve been doing it completely wrong for the last three months and need to start over from square one. Form checks help you avoid this. Having an extra pair of eyes on your movements can help give you cues on your form that you would’ve otherwise missed if you were training on your own. Likewise, seeing your training partner’s form will also give you insight into how you can improve too!
Last, but not least, spending time with our friends or loved ones improves our mood. Exercise also improves our mood. Don’t you think combining the two could have some awesome benefits? Skip the happy hour and try a workout together to double the smiles. It’s great to have an excuse to spend more time together, and get super fit in the process! If you don’t have a reliable fitness squad yet, try reaching out to some of your friends, coworkers, significant other, or acquaintances. Chances are there are plenty of people around you who could benefit from all the perks of partner training!
Training with a partner or group of friends has loads of great benefits for your body and your mind! From motivating you to get out the door, to pushing your limits and improving your form, a fitness community is the perfect way to push yourself to the next level. Start now and tag a friend who you think would be the perfect motivator for you to step up your game.
There’s also a world-wide community waiting for you! The GymnasticBodies forum is a great way to connect with other individuals maximizing their at-home workouts – either just starting out on their fitness journey, or high-level athletes who are there to encourage you on your way! Another perk of signing up for GymnasticBodies online Courses is the access to an awesome team of Performance Coaches who will review your videos and support you and offer tips in your progress. You’re never alone in this life-long fitness journey – we’ve got your back!