Workout Friend or Workout Snob


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?Workout headphones 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?

About strengthinmoms

I am the proud mom of two beautiful boys.  During my first pregnancy I exercised somewhat but didn’t know how to adjust to my changing body.  Eventually I just stopped and let my pregnancy take over because I thought the aches and pains were telling me to stop.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was told I needed to stop teaching cardio kickboxing and go easy during bootcamp.  I was very frustrated and confused.  I was pregnant, not injured?!  So I did my research and found out that I was right - I CAN do all of the things I was doing!  I just needed to be in tune with my body and listen to it.  I maintained my fitness levels, my core and total body strength and my relaxed state of mind.  I knew that being a mom did not mean letting go of who I am - a Strong and Fit Woman.  I deserved an hour a day to focus on my mind & body and ultimately my baby and family as well. * My passion in life is to help moms get fit and maintain their strength throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  * I am the owner of Strength in Moms - Prenatal & Postpartum Personal Training in Atlanta, GA
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