When you think of the phrase “fitness community,” what comes to mind? While the term can have many different meanings and can be interpreted in various ways, it simply refers to a group of people or even a feeling of togetherness, with a unified goal toward physical fitness.
What is a Fitness Community?
When you’re a Member of a gym like EōS Fitness, the gym itself can be considered a fitness community. Individuals gather together to burn calories, get stronger or relieve stress through a variety of group fitness classes, free weight workouts, cardio sweat sessions, and more. The group atmosphere of going to the gym and being with like-minded people working toward fitness goals is a great example of a fitness community.
If you’re in the gym frequently, you may already be familiar with the other regulars and know them personally from your time spent working out. You say hello to the staff, acknowledge your “cardio buddy” on the next machine that seems to always have the same schedule you do, or nod to the fellow weightlifter whose name you might not know, but you’re familiar with their lifting routine. These people, who surround you day-in and day-out, can be considered part of your fitness community.
Why is a Fitness Community Important?
When you’re exercising alone, whether it’s at home, at the gym, or anywhere else, it’s easy to get frustrated with your fitness progress or not push yourself to optimum performance. When you’re having an off day, you might hurry through your workout routine and slack a little on holding yourself accountable.
Alternatively, if you have another person or group of people who support you and encourage you, who lend an ear when you’re struggling, or simply don’t let you slack off, you’re more likely to put in the work, push yourself, and feel better overall.
Some people have the intrinsic motivation to push harder through their workouts, while others need a little something extra to stay motivated and have the shared experience of achieving fitness goals together.
That’s why a fitness community is important. For each individual, it can mean a little something different, but in general, it means having support and encouragement to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Benefits of a Fitness Community
Joining a gym like EōS Fitness not only gives you access to the equipment, group fitness classes, and other resources to help you along your health and wellness journey, but also provides an atmosphere in which you can meet others who are on the same path.
You might be a gym regular with a regimented workout routine and dedicated workout time slated on your calendar each week, or you might be just getting started working out—either way, you can benefit from a fitness community.
Possibly the best benefit of a fitness community is motivation. When you’re feeling sluggish, you might need something extra to get you to the gym. Busy at work and just want to relax afterward? Muscles still sore from your last workout routine? You can most certainly benefit from extra motivation, and that’s just one of the benefits of your fitness community.
When you’re working out regularly, you start to notice physical changes in your body, as well as the positive mental and emotional improvements that accompany an exercise regimen. Seeing results can give you an internal sense of motivation, but when others in your fitness community also see how well it’s working for you, they are undoubtedly going to continue that encouragement.
You may also need some inspiration when you are feeling particularly challenged one day (or week, or month). Being part of a fitness community enables encouragement among members, to keep one another on track and support everyone in the group along their fitness journey.
The fitness community at EōS can also help newer Members get familiar with the gym and amenities, and keep you on the path to achieving your fitness goals.
When you’re just getting started working out or going to the gym, it may take time to develop a workout schedule that works for you, your body, and your energy level. Until you get into that routine, though, it may be challenging to stick to it and put in the hard work to turn it into a habit. Having a group of like-minded people to hold you accountable for your health and fitness results is certainly a benefit during these initial challenging times, as well as through other difficulties that may arise.
Starting a new exercise regimen or joining a gym can be intimidating, but once you realize that everyone is there for self-improvement, you’ll feel more comfortable being a part of the fitness community. When you continue to show up and work toward your fitness goals, you’ll feel continuously better about yourself and your progress, and your self-confidence will soar. That can-do state of mind will likely spread to other parts of your life as well.
Have you tried a variety of gyms, group fitness classes, or workout routines, but still dislike working out? Perhaps you simply haven’t found “the right one”—meaning the workout or activity that feels more fun or enjoyable than others. Yes, fitness is challenging, but you should also enjoy it. Once you find that exercise type or class that you really enjoy, you’ll know. Or you may simply enjoy the variety itself, not choosing one particular type of exercise or workout.
Access to Professionals
Working out in a fitness community like EōS Fitness not only gives you access to other fitness-oriented people, but also Personal Trainers ready to help you take your fitness to the next level. From an introductory session to ongoing training, they’re available for you.
To get a feel for the fitness community available to you at EōS Fitness, sign up for your Complimentary 7-Day Pass.