September 30, 2015

Look Around You…

Look around you. When you are at the gym, that is. What do you see? More importantly, WHO do you see?

I think almost all CFers can attest to this: You may have started at CF all by yourself (oooh, according to all the hearsay about Corps Fitness, that’s scary!), you may have started already knowing someone who was a member (a little bit of comfort there), or you may have started with another buddy (I’m only going if you go too!); but no matter what the circumstances were when you joined, you soon became engaged in a camaraderie far bigger than you could ever have imagined.

You took on the physical challenge of Corps Fitness classes for a happier, healthier you. But in no time, you realize that you are part of something much bigger than just yourself….you are a part of a team.

The evidence of these special bonds, camaraderie and friendships are everywhere; a group getting together to take on their first half marathon, a pair dedicating training time and effort to do a Half Ironman, a large group committing to do a Tough Mudder back in the earlier days of the TM, gathering as many as available to hike the Pinnacle, and even a group of friends getting together for a fun run and friendship along the way. Is it hard to see why these friendships get established?

The saying goes something like “Surround yourself with people who make you want to be a better person.” At CF, it’s difficult to just be a warm body who checks in, does their workout as an individual, and checks out; maybe you can get away with that elsewhere, but not at Corps. We motivate each other, we encourage one another, we have each other’s backs. We have accountability to work as hard as the person next to us, and at our most unmotivated times, we get ourselves to class because of our Corps Fitness team members who we know are waiting for us to walk in the door. It’s the Corps Fitness way. It’s a well known fact that Corps Fitness classes will push you to physical limits that you might not have thought you’d ever reach, but it’s easy to see why you can reach beyond those expectations. Look around you…. Look and see all the people who make you want to be a better person!

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