This past week I was reminded of one of the most important parts of my fitness journey. I was at the gym the other day, waiting for a power rack so I could do deadlifts. Someone had one more set of squats to do. As he finished his last set, he introduced himself and we had a conversation. I’d seen him in the gym before but we never spoke.
During the conversation, he mentioned how great the environment was. My gym has a decent amount of powerlifters, weightlifters, and people who like to lift big weights. He gave an analogy that really stuck with me.
Imagine two guys riding a motorcycle in the middle of the road. Each guy is riding their motorcycle as fast as possible to push the other guy to ride faster. That’s what it’s like when you’re surrounded with people who have similar passions as you and are trying to keep improving.
Fitness is an individual journey but being surrounded by like-minded people can add fuel to your journey. Even though I don’t have training partners, I believe I’ve benefited from being in an environment with people who are not only strong as hell but also hungry to get better. That’s why I’ve said the gym you go to matters.
Now you have two choices…
You can move to an environment filled with people that have or are trying to achieve your goals. Your other choice is to create that environment. You create that environment by showing up to the gym every day with the mindset that you’re going to work your ass off to achieve your goals. It may not be obvious because you’re so focused on your workout but people notice the work you’re doing. I can guarantee someone will be motivated by what you’re doing.
This idea goes beyond the gym. If you’re an athlete, you should train and compete with someone who will push you to get better. If you’re a yogi, take an advanced yoga class.
This isn’t to say that your focus should be on what others are doing in the gym or any fitness environment. Your focus should be on your workout and progressing in your fitness journey. Keep moving towards your goals and surround yourself with people who support you on your journey!