8 Reasons Why Gym Friends are the Best of Friends for Mamas
Happy Wednesday, Kansas City! We’re back at it with another Work It Wednesday from our Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie. This week she’s giving us the inside look in why gym friends are the best friends to have. So, get ready to get active and find your tribe. Take a look!
8 Reasons Why Gym Friends are the
Best of Friends for Mamas
Sometimes lots of time in the gym can mean being away from friends and family. But I am lucky enough to have made some incredible friends at the gym, and they not only make my workouts worth it, but they have become a huge part of my life. I am not sure where I would be without them. Here are some reasons why they are the best.
#1 They see you at your worst—and they love you anyway.
I mean, seriously, who looks good at the gym? Who looks good sweating it out and pushing themselves until their arms shake and they can’t do anymore reps? Well, I guess some people do. I am definitely not one of them. I sweat like a pig, I have a terrible lifting face, and while I love workout clothes, they’re not what I wear when I am dressing to impress. And yet these amazing people still talk to me.
#2 They support you, even when you don’t want them to.
I can’t begin to tell you how many of my gym friends have offered support, not just during a tough class, or when I was training for half marathons, but in real life situations. I had thyroid surgery and they were all checking on me. I was struggling with some stressors and they offered to help. I didn’t want to go run one day and they dragged me out there and reminded me that we always run on Mondays. I didn’t want them to support me at that moment, but I am so glad they did.
#3 They make you want to come to the gym.
Not feeling your workout today, but dying to chat with your friend about what happened on Dancing with the Stars last night? Better get your butt to the gym and talk about it. They’ll be glad to see you.
#4 They push you to do better.
I used to be a stuck in a rut, boring workout person. I went to the gym daily, did 40 minutes on the elliptical machine and then went home. Until one fateful Saturday when my now dear friend Larry approached me and said, in his amazing, unfiltered way “aren’t you ever going to do anything else?” Then he walked me through 3 other cardio machines that morning. I woke up so sore the next day and completely in love with my new routine. Then he started challenging me to come try some classes. I was hooked. So in a sense, I owe a lot of my fitness passion to him.
#5 They keep you sane.
My gym time is my calm time, my sane time. These people are my friends and we vent and we destress and we take out our frustrations on some weights. We shake away our stress in a Zumba class. We laugh until we cry when one of us makes a clutsy move during class.
#6 We aren’t just gym friends.
These amazing people have become part of my life. We talk outside of the gym. We have girls nights and playdates and park time and we are a part of each other’s every day. I am so blessed to have these people and know that they have my back.
#7 They become the voices inside your head.
When I am out running by myself and I want to quit, I can hear them in my head telling me that I can’t give up yet. When I hear one of our favorite workout songs on the radio I hear them all singing along. When I think about skipping a class or not going because it looks too challenging, I hear them telling me to suck it up and just go.
#8 They just get it.
There is something about pushing through a tough class with a room full of people that bonds you, whether you like it or not. There’s a comradery that comes from working out together. You can look at each other in the middle of a particularly tough class and just know that they get it. The struggle is real. And you’re not alone in it.
Now these people aren’t just limited to people I take classes with. I have friends from the gym who don’t take classes. Who I started chatting with because they lift at the same time I do on weekday mornings. People who I stopped to ask questions when I was first starting, or who asked me some when they were new. Somehow seeing someone every day and not at least saying hello seems strange to me.
I have a fantastic group of gym friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world. They have become some of my best friends and the people I talk to the most. They are my tribe. I just hope they all know how much I appreciate them.
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