In all honesty, working out usually isn’t easy. In fact, mustering up the will to workout throughout the week can be very difficult. So, what keeps me motivated? For one, switching up my routine certainly brings excitement and drives me to get to the gym and challenge my body. One of the most significant factors that have driven me to remain consistent over these past few months, however, is the presence of my workout buddies! In the month of May, a friend contacted me about working out together. Admittedly, I was a little skeptical about working out with her because my experiences working out with friends have not always been conducive to my progress. With this in mind, I knew that I did not have time to waste. I decided to take her up on the offer (and knew that if things did not end up working out, I could easily make up an excuse not to workout with her any longer). I did not recognize how beneficial that decision would be for me.
When I met up with her, she had already gathered a “crew” of two others, which was impressive (but not impressive enough). My interest in this new crew piqued when they began to provide me with new workouts. These were workouts that I, instantly, knew would be beneficial in assisting me to reach new heights. What I appreciated about working out with these newfound workout buddies was the fact that we were able to exchange knowledge. While they were giving me something new, I was able to do the same in return for them. As our relationship has grown over these past few months, I have been able to yield even more benefits as a result of transitioning from flying solo on my fitness journey.
I have, typically, been one to scour social media in search of fresh routines and small tricks to incorporate into my current routine. With my crew, I now have double and sometimes triple that information because they share the same desire to learn and grow within this fitness lifestyle. Additionally, while working out alone, it easy to give up and tell myself that I have done enough for the day. While working out with a crew, however, they have encouraged me to do “one (or five) more.” There have been times when they have thrown an extra workout into the rotation within the last few minutes of our sessions. All of these things only help me and contribute to my growth. More importantly than that, it helps us as a unit and what a great feeling that is.
My pastor used to say “if you are the strongest one in your crew, then it is time for you to get a new crew.” Thankfully, my entire crew is strong and the only adjustment(s) to be made within is THESE GAINS! We will never stop growing or pushing forward because there is always at least one encouraging the others to “keep going.” The ultimate message here is to get you a crew …a crew of builders that is.