I see it all of the time…friends running together. I love the support system it provides to people. In fact, I suggest it often to clients for a sense of accountability. The other day I started thinking about my workouts…. EVERY ONE of them is solo! Unless I am taking a group fitness class, I workout alone. It got me wondering the reasons why people do what they do…
Bootcamp has become as common as Starbucks in America…you can see them in every church parking lot at 6:00am. Spin classes have become about competitions and “torqueboards”, high intensity training workouts are now posted on boards or big screen TVs for the entire gym to see.
Is this about community & support or more about competition & self obsession?
Do people need the accolades of others in order to feel good about themselves? Does their opinion matter? Have you even been working out with a friend and they are having an ‘off’ day. If they bail or go at a lower intensity, you are more likely to join them. On the opposite side, if you are having the ‘off’ day, a friend may be able to pull you out of it and workout harder than you would have done on your own. As I get older, the less I focus on finishing first or being the best. I love being with my friends at events, but usually do not stay with them during the run or race. Also, my schedule is ever-changing and trying to fit another person into that schedule is tough. Personally I like to workout on my own because I like to put my headphones in my ears and lose myself for an hour at the gym or on a run. At least that is what I tell myself. Could it be because I don’t want my “workout partner” to be better then me? Is it because I don’t want to feel defeated or need to stop? Is it because I am avoiding competition?
Why do you workout the way you do?
Are you a Workout Friend or Workout Snob?