Elevate coaches are here to see you improve, share your successes and failures and provide guidance to help you meet your goals.
This is why we coach. It is also why we continually strive to get better as coaches.
But did you know that your workout partner, squad or even people who train at the same time you do is a powerful factor for your long-term success?
A wide range of studies have indicated that exercise communities provide a powerful combination of benefits including:
- healthy competition
But it seems modern day life is moving away from human connections as we become further immersed with the immediate. Hence the trend of anthropological arguments about the health effects of human isolation and the need to connect with one another.
The idea that we are living in a way that goes against biology certainly predates iPhones.
The Eighteenth Century French Philosopher John Jacques Rousseau described humans as happiest when we were “noble savages” – when humans collectively lived together to survive and before we started to live to gather stuff.
For those of us who grew up before the Internet and X-boxes, I think we can remember the “noble athlete or adventurer.” We didn’t wait to be told to move, play or grab whatever sporting equipment was in season and gather with our tribe until the sun went down. We did it for the love of doing it, and it was great.
According to our biological needs to physically and socially develop, it was one of the most important things we could do as human beings.
Even though physical and cooperative human interaction is not necessary to survive, the deprivation thereof starts to erode our physical and mental state.
At Elevate, we frequently talk to you about movement because we know consistent practice within a supportive community is key to physical and mental happiness.
When life hits its more challenging waves and you consider skipping your workouts, we are going to try to convince you to prioritize your practice – partially because that movement and the social support you’ve developed is important in times of stress. Keeping your movement practice sacrosanct will make the harder waves easier and shorter.
What you need to thrive as a human is simple:
- nutritious food
- restful sleep
- routine– challenging and appropriate movement
- positive relationships
Social networks that consist of workout buddies may also speed recovery. One study found the ratio of testosterone to cortisol – a good indicator of systemic recovery – was higher in athletes who socially watched post-game video with friends than in athletes who watched post-game videos in a group with strangers.
What’s more, the “social group” performed better in competition a week later.
Here are a few ways to foster these relationships (we need to work on these, too)
- put your phone away, be present (this is why we don’t have programs on mobile devices)
- challenge a team mate to complete a goal together
- make movement the center of some of your social commitments
- let the people you suffer alongside know that you value the experience
Relationships forged through shared sweat and suffering can add meaning and focus to your workout time.
And, besides, isn’t commiseration and celebration better together?
Elevate – Performance | Health | Wellness. We’re a fitness facility based in Albuquerque, New Mexico specializing in science-backed training, community building and a love of movement.