So…I joined a new gym. I started to get complacent and unmotivated to go lift, which is so NOT me. I tried to get to the core of this lack of motivation, and finally it hit me. I’m not inspired when I go to the gym anymore. I’ve been going to the same gym for years so I know a lot of people there, but the staff is meh, the gym is dirty, and things are ALWAYS broken and never get fixed. Umm…I’m pretty sure I’m paying monthly dues, right? Sometimes I swear there’s no one running anything in that place. And as many times as I’ve complained about broken equipment, nothing gets fixed. It’s stagnant. To be a successful gym in today’s world full of gyms, you need to adapt and keep up with the demands of your members. Well, I want and need my motivation back because the gym has always been my happy place, a place that means health and wellness and remission for me. So I realized that what I needed was a change of scenery. I joined another gym, it’s massive, it’s clean, the classes are kickass.
There’s something about working out around like-minded individuals that helps keep your own motivation and inspiration high. I constantly compete with myself to keep improving and get better and better, but it’s still helpful when you’re surrounded with people with similar goals. I totally understand why Crossfit people refer to “community” when talking about their ‘box’. They motivate and inspire one another, share in the individual successes, and keep competing against themselves to keep improving. If we aren’t moving forward in life, changing our ways, achieving and learning new things, we are stagnant. We will never change, and therefore never grow as individuals. And I’m sorry, but staying the same is boring. Who wants to be the same person now that they were like 3 years ago? Life moves forward, seasons change, so should people. The whole point of getting older and maturing is that you should always strive to be better than the person you were yesterday.
What I’m most excited for with this change in scenery is how I can expand on classes and fitness challenges within. One of my May purge goals is to try new things that challenge my muscles and this gym has enough of those types of classes. Yesterday I dragged my mama with me and we did this calisthenics class, followed by an abs and stretching class. Today I trained some legs, did a Spin class, went outside for 10 minutes, attempted to wipe down my disgustingly awesome sweat, got my yoga mat, grabbed a new shirt, and did a Pilates class. What’s that beautiful cliché, change happens outside of your comfort zone. Preach on cliché. Because the past couple days you’ve rang true for me, and I feel more like myself than I have in a while.