I even lost a couple clients from it (which is just fine), when they realized that our program wasn’t the program they needed given their experience and background. This past week I have been going to a gym that I won’t name, but it is one of those 24-hour type gyms that don’t have attendants at it. My brother has a membership there and I wanted to be able to have that bonding time with him once in awhile.
The gym is beautiful, incredible brand new treadmills, elliptical, and weight machines. The place is spotless, and the bathrooms shimmer and sparkle. But for me there was something missing…Call it the magic, the sparkle, the energy, the fun. There has not been more then 8 people at this place when I’ve gone. There is no music playing and everyone is wearing his or her headphones. Nobody is smiling; nobody is talking to anyone else. My brother and I push each other and we get a great workout, since we are following a great workout plan, even so the environment is one that I personally wouldn’t want to workout to on a regular basis.
When I workout I feed off the energy of others…It is the reason I LOVE being part of sports teams or workout groups. We all having “boring” and “monotonous” times in our day, but I believe workouts shouldn’t be one of them. This principle I have known for awhile for myself, but working out this past week in a low energy “dead” place really made me appreciate what I have and what my clients have at our five Fit Moms Transformation Centers.
It makes sense why I am told on a regular basis that coming to the Center and working out is their top highlight of the day. It isn’t because the rest of their lives suck, it is that exercise makes you feel good, and even better when combined with awesome and fun people to share the experience with. If this is the type of environment you want, I challenge you to go out there and find it. Unless you live in a very small town there should be at least one place in town that is high energy, highly supportive, and lots of fun.
In conclusion, there are times when silence and being alone is awesome and needed, but for most of us most of the time, life is best when connecting and feeding of the encouragement and energy of others. Don’t let your workout experience be any different.
If you live in the Madison area and can relate to working out in a “dead zone” or maybe you haven’t worked out before but realize that working out in a high energy place is much better, I would encourage you to send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and share your story, I will personally get back to you.