Building Your Tribe

“It matters who you stand with.” I remember sitting across from a lovely friend one sunny afternoon and she was sharing her health journey with me. We talked about work-out regimens, diet tips, and more, but the one thing she said that I’ve clung to all these years is this one simple phrase, “It matters who you stand with.”

As I’ve gone through different seasons in my health journey, there has been one factor that has, above all others, made the greatest impact: people. According to a study published in the Journal of Social Sciences, people gravitate towards the health behaviors of those around them, which means it really does matter who you stand with.

I feel fortunate to be a part of an amazing health and fitness community here at LVAC. The environment created here is one of trust, inspiration, and genuine care and respect for one another. These elements and watching all of you on your fitness journey is inspiring. Standing with you matters.

We’ve created a tribe that offers encouragement, advice, accountability, and just plain fun. It’s easy to think that a gym is a place to workout solo, but I’ve found that in this place where we are sweating and pushing ourselves beyond what we feel we are able, we find a camaraderie in suffering together and growing through that pain to a place of strength.

It’s easy to give up and give in when you go it alone, but with a tribe of people steadily committing to fighting the good fight of health, we find that we are not alone, we are together. We’ve all heard the saying that there is “strength in numbers,” and I have seen this to be true when we’ve celebrated successes together and had the privilege to see lives transformed in our powerful community.

If you want to improve your performance, increase your motivation, strengthen your resolve, and build your duration, the best thing you can do is to stand with people who are making those same choices. A community builds our sense of connection and purpose, and propels us through those hard seasons when giving up would be all too easy.

One of my favorite motivational writers, Jocko Willink, wrote, “The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success.” It is easy to stay in bed. It is easy to choose the path of least resistance. It is always easier to give up. But it is worth the fight to build discipline.

A community is the quickest way to help you overcome the temptation to choose the easy path. When you look around and see others getting after it, persevering feels less impossible. Having a tribe of people around you, overcoming their physical and mental barriers, makes it a little easier to allow positive peer pressure to help you overcome your own health-journey hurdles.

No matter what your goals, passions, or pursuits, take comfort in knowing that your people are here, and we’re better together. We need you and you need us, and together we can overcome anything.

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Emily Hamill
Editor-in-Chief / Director of Marketing

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