Everyone needs a tribe. Especially in modern times when technology has done as much to disconnect as connect us from one another.
With the right tribe, you can be the best you possible.
You likely know that belonging to a supportive group of people is important for your mental and emotional health. But it is also key to your physical health as well.
There does seem to be a direct correlation between the decline of social connections and the decline of health and fitness:
"As social capital has declined over the past several decades, so has our health. We see a pretty linear relationship in the number of overweight and obese adults as a percentage of the population up until the late seventies and early eighties. Then that number began to skyrocket and continues to do so. The food supply has a lot to do with that, as does technology and the continued expansion of suburbia. You have to wonder if the decline in community involvement and social organizations has had a role as well?"
That's where community-based fitness can play a tremendous role in helping reverse this trend. By providing a "third place" where everyone is comfortable and supportive, a gym community can provide the social connection that many of us are missing and allows us to step beyond the expectations of our everyday roles.
“...in a third place, people expand their identities beyond those expectations and associate with their neighbors in a different way. This informal connection creates residents who care about and engage with their community and each other, and who spend time together casually for the pure pleasure of it."
The incredible thing about our 30A CrossFit tribe is how success in the gym translates to success outside the gym. The support of other tribe members leads to incredible accomplishments and that taste of success sets us up for success in all aspects of life.
It has become such a powerful part of being successful that we ask the question that John Berardi asks in this post on the Precision Nutrition website. "If you’re struggling to meet your fitness goals (or any other goals in your life), it’s about time you did a social support inventory. Figure out if the people in your life are lifting you up or holding you back. And if you’ve got no one to motivate, support, and inspire you, isn’t it about time you did something about that?"