"Your vibe attracts your tribe." - Anonymous
Live For This Fitness is not your average gym. I’ve been trying to put my finger on what it is about LFT that makes it stand out among the rest. Yes, they have amazing coaches and programming. Yes, they always have fun and informative events and clinics. Yes, they’ve helped so many people transform and change their lives…but what is that thing, that je ne sais quoi, that makes LFT so magical?
Then it dawned on me. It’s the BOOMers! For those of you who don’t know what a “boomer” is, they are the members of LFT. They are the ones pushing right along side you, striving to be their best. They are the ones you briefly lock eyes with during a particularly long planking session who give you that extra boost to keep holding. If the coaches are the heart and soul of LFT, the boomers are the blood coursing through its veins and the air filling its lungs.
The community at LFT is unlike any I’ve ever experienced. Not only do I receive full support and motivation from the coaches, I regularly receive it from my fellow boomers as well. I feel so lucky to have built such camaraderie with so many people (special shout out to my 6:15am peeps!). Most notably, the women I’ve been working out with are some of the strongest, fiercest, most encouraging and inspiring women I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. When I’m struggling they help lift me up. When I’m attempting a new challenge or max rep they are cheering me on. When I’m hesitant to try something new they assure me I can do it. When I make new strides they are the first to notice. I do all I can to be this for them as well.
One of the best things you could do for yourself is to link up with the amazing boomers that surround you at LFT. It may feel more comfortable at first to zone out and go at everything on your own. That was how I always used to workout. I never really reached out or paid attention to those around me. I’m also not “chatty” when I workout. What I’m encouraging isn’t to become chatty or to socialize more…this is really about joining forces. This is lifting each other to new heights.
It may not be second nature for you to connect with others in the gym so here are 7 things you can do to reach out to your fellow boomers and ensure you grow #strongertogether.
Compete if you must but don’t compare - Let’s be honest, if you keep returning to the Boom Room for more…you’re a pretty competitive person. I think we all are. Healthy competition can be powerful motivation and it’s great to notice the efforts of those around you. Just be careful that you are competing in a healthy way and not comparing yourself to those around you. I’ve seen many situations where someone is completely down on themselves after a truly awesome performance simply because they saw that someone else was a little faster or stronger that day.
Remember you are only trying to outdo what you did last time. The only way you can truly compare yourself to someone else is if you both started working out on the same day, maintaining the same consistency and you have the same lean muscle mass and the same body fat % and the same genetics and you both consistently eat the same diet and sleep the same amount and you have the same injuries and mobility. Do you see how impossible this is? We are all different and that’s a wonderful thing. Don’t compare your chapter 5 to someone else’s chapter 20.
If you notice someone improving tell them! - I make it a point to high-five and compliment everyone I see doing something great. Whether they’ve given their all on the rower when they were already tired or they’ve achieved a new max rep, I will let them know I see them. Whether it’s a person I’ve never met before or someone I workout with regularly, I’ve never been met with anything but a grateful smile and “thank you”. Hell most of the time I high-five people for just showing up! Be each others biggest fans.
Give encouragement when needed - We all know what it feels like to be at the brink of giving up. If you happen to see someone with that look of struggle, take a moment from your workout and give them some encouragement. Shout across the room if you don’t want to stop what you’re doing. But if you have the chance, go over and stand or sit with them and tell them you believe in them! You might be exactly what they need to keep going.
Hold each other accountable - Most everyone participating in the 90-DTC has an accountability partner (or even group). It is a huge asset to share your goals with someone else so they can be watching your progress. It may feel a little intimidating at first but having someone call you out when you slack and praise you when you stay on track can really fuel your drive. The more accountability partners the better. Also be that person for them and be honest and straight forward at all times.
Show up consistently not sporadically - It makes a big difference if you show up to the same classes with the same group consistently every week. Many boomers stick to a set schedule rather than showing up to random classes. This offers them the opportunity to bond with each other more and watch each other's progress. My schedule is so consistent that when one of my boomers is out of town or skips a day, we all miss them and can feel a shift.
Share stations or equipment - People love LFT, so sometimes it’s a little crowded on certain days. Don’t hesitate to share a barbell or a station with someone and create a flow together. You can alternate exercises and share the space in almost any situation. Additionally, grab extra mats for those who need them, help rack someone’s dumbbells or help add a cookie to their barbell when you see someone setting up. These sort of gestures help everyone in the boom room feel more connected.
Connect outside the Boom Room - Try making connections outside of LFT. Start by attending some of the awesome events held each month. This month alone we have the Ladies Booty Boot Camp, the Presidents' Day Workout and Coach Lance's Rowing Efficiency Workshop. There are zero reasons you shouldn't attend all of those...well maybe skip the ladies booty night if you're a dude (sorry!). Find your boomer friends on social media sites, exchange emails or numbers. It’s wonderful to learn more about each other outside of the gym and see what else makes them so special.
I wholeheartedly encourage you to try these methods and connect more with your fellow boomers. You will feel the difference. Take advantage of the incredible and rare community at LFT. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again we are always #strongertogether!
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Coach Loni also runs the LFT blog, bringing you informative, uplifting and motivating articles and videos to help you achieve your goals and live your best life.