By Ruth Gordon

Avoiding peoples eyes, uncomfortably running on treadmills next to strangers, and struggling to dispel body envy are only a few of the ways that Gyms make us feel unwelcome. Walking into a gym is almost always a battle: you against everyone else. It’s difficult enough to motivate yourself to work out, forcing yourself to step inside of a gym can be even harder.

We wanted something different at CORE Personal Training and Pilates Studio. As an instructor, I knew the power of giving someone one on one attention. So instead of large groups where each individual gets lost in the crowd, I limited our classes to 6 people. I then found fellow instructors who were not only passionate about training, but cared deeply about the people they were working with.

From the welcoming nature of CORE grew something I wasn’t expecting: a community. Although I knew how much easier it would be to work out when you had people on your side, I wasn’t expecting the level of strength and power that came with it.

After friendships form within groups, there is a certain amount of accountability that occurs. If you skip your work out, you’re letting down everyone that takes that class with you. You show up because they will. You show up because they won’t let you stay unmotivated.

Encouragement, motivation, support, comradery, these are all part of what makes these small group trainings so great. Whether you want to give up in the beginning, the middle, or the end, your workout buddies will not let that happen. Every member at CORE cares about one another and wants one another to succeed. These connections make you want to come back again and again.

Since that seed of comradery at CORE was planted, it has grown and flourished. It has taken over the studio as fast and as effectively as an unruly weed. I’ve seen members improve their golf game, increase their mobility, realign their body strength, and change their life. Not because they were working out, but because they were part of a community that believed in them.

In life, we rarely go alone. We get drinks with our friends, we eat dinner with our family, we go on vacations with our loved ones. These experiences are all better because they’re shared. Why should working out be any different? Next time you go for a walk or a run, grab a friend. You’ll run longer, you’ll run happier, but most important of all, you’ll run easier.

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