Strength In Numbers: Accountability in Group Fitness

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So who holds you accountable for showing up?

How many times have you said this? “Monday…I will be good Monday. I will workout. I will eat right. I will…”, only to find yourself saying the same thing the following Sunday!

We all get into funks from time to time. Life happens. Stressful situations turn into legitimate reasons to sleep in and miss your body class. A holiday happy hour makes for a great excuse to skip the after-work rev class. Your In-laws are staying for the weekend and that Saturday morning bounce class you live for passes you by. And so the downward cycle starts. The next thing you know, you feel sluggish, your complexion brings upon teenage flashbacks, you are bloated, and your personality has taken a nosedive.

Have you ever heard the expression Strength In Numbers? In this case, it means a person or a group of people who hold you accountable for showing up. Here are three examples of how others can help you achieve success in your fitness and wellness goals!

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The Buddy System – Do you have the tendency to snooze right through an early am class? Invite someone who needs to get it done early too and ride together or arrange to meet at your studio of choice. It’s very hard to stand someone up when you know they are counting on you as well.

Put it on Social Media – If you avidly post on social media, put something like this out there:  “I am setting my alarm for a 5:30am rev class. I’m hoping this post prevents me from snoozing through it!” You will be forced to answer to all of your friends, virtually.

Message, Email, or Text Your Instructor – I get several messages during the week from clients/friends telling me when they will be attending a class. That puts the ball directly into my court and you better believe I will reach out to them if they don’t show up!  If you don’t know his/her phone number or email address- you can always message them on Facebook!

PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE- JUST SAY IT OUT LOUD

Putting it out there or simply saying it out loud is a great way to set the accountability wheel into motion. But the one who is solely responsible for making it happen is you! Friends, social media, and instructors can encourage you to show up—but you are the one it falls upon to seal the deal.  You are also the one who benefits from the entire thing—and that is post-worthy topic. Don’t forget to tag your buddy!

Just another benefit of DEFINE is the group fitness aspect of the studio. Group fitness can help build a foundation and structure that you can use to fuel your personal health journey for years to come. It’s inspiring and motivating to be surrounded by dedicated, like-minded individuals. It doesn’t get much more empowering than a class with an encouraging instructor and supportive people all working hard together. Group fitness is a great way to help motivate yourself and others to dig deeper and push harder in workouts.

Strength In Numbers: Accountability in Group Fitness

Jennifer Harkins

Head of Instructor Training for rev

WU, RO, TW

“Don’t stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done.”

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