HOW IMPORTANT IS A TEAM TRAINING ENVIRONMENT?
I heard a good quote once that went along the lines of this – “You can measure the success of a gym by how long the members stay around after the session has ended.” CrossFit has nailed the team training environment over the past decade or so with its growing popularity. CrossFit is difficult, it tests your strength, your work capacity and your technique. So why do people flock to it? Because it’s the group of people you struggle with every day. Yeah… the 6 pack and the heavy deadlift are cool, but you can get that in any gym. In general, people stick around gyms for the community. You could get supremely fit at a gym but if you don’t enjoy the atmosphere or the company, you probably won’t stay for too long. So what about the team environment is beneficial? Built-in accountability: Training with a friend, small-group or a team makes you accountable to them. You don’t want to let them down. So when times get tough, it’s the middle of winter, pouring rain and you’re looking for every excuse to skip training that day - you’ll find a reason to go. Train alone and you might find a reason to skip. Friendly competition: The comparison of group training allows you to push yourself to another level than what you COULD or WOULD do alone. Anyone that’s been through an ‘FYF’ session understands that they’re pretty brutal. You compete against other members of the gym to get work done the quickest. These sessions are our members favourite. Not because they enjoy the pain or discomfort but because they’re pushing themselves harder than they would alone. The result… more fati
gue, more discomfort and a greater sense of accomplishment once they’re finished. Enjoyment: Training in the gym shouldn’t be something you HAVE to do. It should be something you WANT to do. Shooting the shit & trash talking between sets can make the sessions seem less monotonous and keep things fun. If you’re doing something you enjoy, you’ll find every reason to train, even when you don’t feel like it. It’s important to be able to train alone, but a team will keep you consistent & enjoying your training a lot more #one22