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The Fit List

Why Build Community: How It Helps with Fitness Goals!

dwayne july

Photo by Nelosa/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Nelosa/iStock / Getty Images

I know you've heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. My mother always used to say “Your income will be directly determined by the 5 people you hang out with the most.”.  So it seems to me that Community is really important. We rely on community to raise our children and  also to help determine our income bracket, but why don't we rely on a community to help us with our fitness goals. As an industry most fitness professionals have only really pushed personal training. But Why is that the case? I became a member of a group of forward thinking fitness professionals and in 2013 when I opened up my facility that was something that I focused on and was determined to build. I had to build a community, an environment that the individuals within wanted nothing more than to see the person beside them succeed. I had to build a community not for myself but for the people who believed in me helping them get to their fitness goals. See prior to opening up my facility I worked as a personal trainer in a big box gym and yeah it was a great feeling when I helped my clients lose some weight or attain a goal that they set. But that was it, I felt good, my client felt good, we high fived and went on our way. Maybe that client decides to stay and continue working but a lot of times they are satisfied and walked away.  Unfortunately what happens in a situation such as this is that the person stops doing the behaviors that got them to achieve the goals in the first place, and revert back to where they were running from. It’s common sense right…… you can’t do less and expect more? That doesn’t add up.It’s a harsh reality but what I’ve realized in my many years in the industry is that people don’t value fitness the way they should. I know we've all heard them…... you know what I'm talking…. about the excuses! I work, oh my kids, I don’t have time or whatever version of excuse that seems justifiable to you. When you have a community though, individuals realized very quickly that they are part of something bigger than themselves and others are depending on them to help with their success. you are only as strong as your weakest link so we built strong bonds with our community. from the moment that we moved into our facility in 2013 we've kept a running tally of weight loss that we've helped our members achieve. 3 years later where are 925 pounds lost and Counting. and with this community I'll be no time before we hit 1000.

Photo by Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock / Getty Images

What Can We Learn from Steph Curry

dwayne july

The way that Steph Curry has played this NBA season has taught me a great lesson as far as fitness goals and goal setting in general. We all know that Steph Curry won the MVP award last year and his team won the World Championship. Last year seemed to be a pretty good season by everyone's account and no one would fault Steph Curry from taking it easy during his offseason and basking in his glory. No one will fault him... but himself so he went out and he grinded, he worked at his craft, he worked on his dribbling and his shot making. Quite honestly this season, I think that not only is he  the runaway candidate for the MVP award this year but I would also argue that he is in the running for the most improved player in the NBA. How can someone be in the running for the most improved player in the NBA after winning the MVP award the year before? That says a lot about a guy.  Last he was deadly from three-point range. This year his efficiency has gone up, his PPG average has gone up and he has lead his team to and NBA record 73 win season. Now that the NBA season has come to an end he is the only person in NBA history to hit 400 3-pointers in a season. So because I recognize and appreciate greatness I wanted to give this man his due. His work ethic has made me think about how it relates to the fitness industry and fitness in general.  It made me think about the client that has set goals accomplish them and then stopped working at new goals and has become complacent. It also let me think about the client that stops short of accomplishing their goals because they don’t want to continue the grind to be great.  Along those same lines he has reaffirmed for me the reason why I continue to be a student of the industry and always learning new ways to help improve our members lives through health and fitness. The thing that I admire the most about what the Curry has done this year is that he challenged himself to be greater.  That's the thing that I encourage everyone reading this blog to strive for in their lives. Strive to be better.. Strive to challenge the status quo…..Strive to prove the naysayers wrong and most importantly Strive to be great!! Great not for anyone else or anyone's approval but Strive to be great for yourself!!!

 

 

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