Community & Stepping Outside your Comfort Zone

Dated: May 12 2020

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Since February, I have seen a major shift in my mind, body and soul.  And no, I’m not contributing the majority of this to quarantine although it has impacted me in some ways.  I never in a million years would’ve guessed I’d be saying this, but I attribute a lot of it to joining a gym.  Sometimes seemingly little decisions, like joining a gym or other group, can cause big shifts in your life and that's what I want to share with you today. I've also got two questions you should ask yourself when you're looking to get more involved in our city. Don’t worry if you don’t want to join a gym, these lessons will still apply.

 (Here's my gym, TrvFit in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Oh, how I can't wait to get back there in person!)

So, how did a girl who hasn’t worked out in years, get so involved with a gym?  Well, for starters, I dipped my toe in.  I signed up for TrvFit’s 21 Day Program in hopes to be a tiny bit more trim for a trip to Mexico I was getting ready for. (By the way, they still do this program monthly if you want to try it out!)   I won’t lie, my first class was nerve wracking!  I don’t know anything about working out and was definitely not conditioned for physical movement whatsoever.  Truly though, by the end of the class, my endorphins must’ve been kicking in because I felt so accomplished and I couldn’t wait to go back. 

I’m so glad I pushed myself to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.  Not only have I learned so much from the coaches about nutrition and fitness, I’ve also gotten to know myself a little better. I realize now that my procrastination for working out came from a “I can’t do that” mentality because I’ve never really been the "gym go-er" type of person. Getting to the end of these classes really proves that mindset wrong. When you start to stack up those types of wins, your confidence builds.  Recently I heard motivational speaker, Ed Mylett, say something that really clicked with me about confidence.  He says that when people don’t keep promises they make to themselves, their confidence suffers.  When you do something that you told yourself you would, you’re building trust with yourself that you do what you say you will. For example, I said I would do at least 4 workout classes per week.  When I accomplished that goal, I simultaneously gained more trust and confidence in myself.

That’s all good and well to workout and achieve my goals, but for me, that wouldn’t be enough. I’ve tried workout schedules and setting goals in the past, but could never stick with them. After all, I could lower my goals or stop setting them and then I wouldn’t be breaking promises to myself, right?

That’s where the importance of community comes in.  At my gym, you’re treated like family.  You’ll notice that from your first day there. The coaches immediately know your name and talk to you like a friend, not a customer. Seriously, my FIRST DAY they knew my name, what area I lived in and where I worked. Now, a couple months in, I’ve become friends with quite a few of the members too and stay in touch on social media outside of class. When you join a community, you build relationships that you want to continue growing.  Half the reason I want to log on for a TrvFit Zoom class now, is just to see their smiling faces! I really can't wait for things to get back to normal because TrvFit also does community events for their members, which will be even better than Zoom parties.  

Overall, if you’re looking to add some positivity and new friends to your life, I’d highly recommend finding a community to get involved with.  Making new connections can be hard in a city, so it’s important to put yourself out there. I would’ve never guessed at the beginning of this year that I’d have “gym friends” and that I’d start working with a non-profit (HerHub), but I just decided to put myself out there.  And gosh, I am so glad I did because I’ve begun to make some really great relationships out of it.

The first question I would ask if you’re looking for a new community to get involved with is, “What is lacking in your life?”.  Do you need someone who understands a specific phase of life you’re in? Do you need someone to hold you accountable in your fitness goals? Are you craving new friendships? The answer to that question will help you find your niche to search for.  Maybe it’s a Mom’s club, a new gym, a networking group, etc.  I promise it’s out there!

Next, I would ask “What can I bring to the table?”.  It’s shocking how much it can improve how you show up when you do nice things for others, even if it’s just offering up a smile and asking “How are you?”. Knowing that you’re coming through for the people in your community and that they value you being there, will make it even easier to stick around. Really, that’s what communities are made of…people helping people. 

I promise people in Toledo want to get to know you.  If you need a place to start, the TrvFit family is always looking to make new friends! We also just launched a new women's platform through Women of Toledo, which you can check out at 419herhub.orgI’m always up for sharing other resources, groups and communities I know about as well, so please reach out if you need some direction. 

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Kaitlin Keiser

Hey there! I'm Kaitlin Keiser. I work with buyers and sellers in Northwest Ohio who are looking to set down some roots in a place that will fit perfectly with their busy lifestyle. I've been a Rea....

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