Are you in it to win it, or to enjoy the ride and take it at your own pace?
21stcentury brings along many different exercise techniques, trends, and phenomenon. The line between professional and recreational is getting thinner as more and more people find themselves pushing hard, working out every day, and what separates them from the professional can sometimes be only the matter of competing. But with competition so fierce, it’s hard to do it alone. To make it big, we all need the support of our team, our squad, or our tribe. It’s not anymore only about the workout we choose, but also about the lifestyle and connection you build with likeminded people.
The (wannabe) Pros – Carefully macro-ed diets, training plans that track everything from heart-rate to bowel movements, and plenty of excuses to skip social events – “sorry dude, got a game tomorrow” – these guys devote themselves to their sport. They train to compete and excel against other people, they strive to outperform, demolish records, and be the best in their disciplines.
All aboard the Gainz Train – men and women with body proportions that make Disney characters feel insecure. They commonly reduce the amounts of cardio exercise to lose weight and instead focus on lifting heavy in a never-ending quest for bigger muscles and more aggressive bicep veins. The #girlswholift and #guyswholift are more likely to have a body positive attitude as high as their blood pressure, and great mental strength as pushing limits is on their plate every day.
The warriors – cross-fitters, spartan-racers, and any ‘go hard or go home’ enthusiasts are known to push limits and find accomplishment in overcoming all hurdles that are placed in front of them. They love training outdoors, and if they don’t come home covered in mud, bruises and with at least 2 fingers missing, was it even a workout?
The socials– people who enjoy trying out new things, new sports, and classes at the gym. They are not afraid to reach out and make connections in various circles, from HIIT, box, and cross-fit to yoga. These people find the balance between a healthy lifestyle and an active social life.
Lone Wolf – those who are in it on their own, who don’t feel like they need the support of a group and are capable of achieving their goals alone. There’s definitely nothing wrong with wanting to do your own thing and switch off the world around you.
The moral of this story is that whatever group you identify with, having people behind you who share your goals, your passions, your pains, can help you with your fitness journey. But also remember not to take your tribe too seriously – laugh at your quirks, your excesses, and those of others. If you don’t feel like you fit in with any of the groups above, don’t worry. There’s so many different groups outside of these mentioned above and even if there isn’t one you’d get excited about yet, being a lone wolf for a while is not a bad thing.