When Kinger and Ellen stated that we as coaches would be writing blogs throughout the year; I smirked. Are you sure you want Mr. No Creativity to articulate something for others to read?
Of course, I was wrong in my reaction to writing as it has been fun writing stream of conscious thoughts on subjects I recognize.
So when I saw the title of this month’s blog assigned to me, it resonated profoundly.
"Why Coming to the gym ISN’T just about getting stronger…the benefits of having fun and being surrounded by our community”.
This was something I could get behind.
It was the objective 5 years ago when I walked into my first one-on-one workout with Ryan King.
No question. If you put the time into following structured programming from certified trainers, you are going to get stronger. This is nothing new. Hard work and dedication will lead to increased strength if following protocol aimed for your betterment.
From my own experience, the community provides me a sense of competition. Having played a lot of hockey throughout my life; I’m wired to compete in EVERYTHING. If you asked my wife, she would say EVERYTHING. I love the feeling of coming to the gym and giving it my all with our community. It’s a chance for our collective group to harness the fitness byproduct while trying to post a number.
Don’t kid yourself, we all want to see where Kyle finished. Ha. And we all dream of a day where we could beat him (you heard me say DREAM, right?).
Sometimes we get so wrapped into ourselves that we don’t’ step away to listen.
To really hear what our fellow community members are going through.
To understand where a fellow member could use some help.
If nothing else, letting our fellow members blow off some steam.
Sure I come to the gym to get that one hour a day to work on me, but more importantly I believe I come to gym to be a part of my fellow gym members lives. I want to participate in their day whether it be coaching, working out or ribbing an athlete.