If you go enough classes consistently at a studio, you tend to recognize the regulars. Sometimes I wonder if it’s weird if I say hi or ask what their name is. I know it isn’t, but believe it or not, I’m sometimes shy! So I was really happy when my fellow classmate decided to say hi to me! We have been taking pretty much all the same morning classes at Pure Barre Boston and been next to each other a few times. It seems silly we haven’t said hi before today.
I go to class to workout and be in my zone, but I also go to a studio to build a community. I love being able to know that when I talk about how tough the pretzel was the other day that they don’t think I was eating stale pretzels. Or when I talk about how I was exhausted after running 100 repeats, they don’t think that I was running 100 times around something. Or when I talk about how I fell asleep in savasana, they don’t think I was being lazy at some strange work meeting. Or when I talk about how the chilled beams were raining like we were in the rain forest, people don’t think I was trying to do a rain dance with some popsicles.
Each community gives me a different way to stay motivated. I don’t want to limit myself to one community because the more variety to life-the better! One may help me work on my flexibility while another might work on my endurance or physical strength. But no matter which one it is, they all help me stay motivated. Whenever I am in a running rut, I look towards Dave or friends to keep me company during my run. If I can talk to someone, it keeps me entertained sometimes more than music or people watching (I rarely run with music). Since my friends are always there to help me get moving so I like to be there for them. This is why I smiled today when Kristina said there was no way she would have gotten up if she didn’t have me there waiting at the end of my street for her. I was glad that I helped her get her seat out of bed to get her workout on.
Do you like to build a community where you workout or would you rather use your workout time as YOU time?