Whenever we set out to make a change or stick to a routine, consistency is key. But staying on track is not for the faint of heart. That’s where your tribe comes in.
Have you heard of the “The Filthy 50”? Yeah, it’s as scary as it sounds. It’s a nasty little bugger of a workout. Mainly because it attacks your arms, legs, and abs. But worst of all, to keep going, it attacks your brain. Your motivation needs to be fierce. That’s where your tribe comes in.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, who you surround yourself with is just as important as what you do for workouts and your nutrition. Goal oriented people are driven. Driven people are passionate. Passion motivates. When my tribe focus on a goal, I’d steer clear. We’ve been even known to push each other and there’s a possibility I once said, “You only have 10 more…!” Well, maybe. I plead the 5th.
The community you settle within is so important. My friends know where my priorities lie. If I get asked to grab lunch and I tell them I’m going to kickboxing, chances are they will join me. One of my besties is a Zumba instructor and others ran our first Spartan with me. My husband and I are in sync, on the same shelf, in the same book, on the same page. When I tell my Zumba friend I’m going to a weights class, she cheers me on. When I tell my Yogis I’m going for a run, they ask if they can join. We cross paths, join each other or stand on the sidelines drenched in support.
I also look for my tribe for accountability. I post what class I’m going to and ask others to join. I’ll text friends and find out their schedules. I crave accountability.
I am told by people that I’m the reason that they are heading to a class. Or I’m the reason they are branching out and trying new workouts. I love being the motivator. But what they don’t realize is that it is an even stream flowing both ways. I use their strength to flash flood my way to the next level and the next and the next. I couldn’t be available for them if I wasn’t available for myself. Motivators need pushes too and I grab mine from everyone around me…because I surround myself with the right people. There is no question for where I need to turn. My tribe. My network. My community.
We often meet as a group in my garage with a workout on my board and nobody around to push us but us. That means something. That means we wanted to achieve, so we fought to achieve and then gosh darn it we achieved. We are friendly and talkative AFTER the workout. I didn’t show up for social hour, I wanted to work. Thing is, so did everyone else!
Keep your tribe close and stay focused together. You really can’t do it alone.
Here s the Filthy 50:
50 reps of 10 exercises
50 box jumps
50 jumping pull-ups
50 kettlebell swings
50 walking lunges
50 knees to elbows
50 push press
50 back extensions
50 wall balls
50 double unders