Workout classes. Running groups. Personal trainers. What do all of these things have in common?
Company. Accountability. Shared experience.
On a semi-related analogy – Zappos.com was successful because they solved a problem. People didn’t want to buy shoes online because they wanted to try them on. So, Zappos made shipping AND RETURN SHIPPING totally free. You can literally try the shoes on, pack them up and ship them back within 10 minutes of receiving them if you want to. You can buy ten pairs and return nine. Heck, you can return all of them. (But why would you?!) Zappos took the barrier they were facing and eliminated it. They solved the problem and made it work for their people.
So what’s the barrier to working out at home? Being ALONE. Not having accountability to anyone but yourself.
So what do we do about that?
Every month, I host at least one “challenge group” on Facebook, which is essentially a group of people all doing the same fitness program and starting on the same day. They are in it TOGETHER, keeping each other accountable and motivated, lifting each other up. Yes, I am there as the coach posting daily motivations and health tips, but they are posting when they complete their workouts, they’re sharing recipes, success, struggles…they are a team, a support group.
You don’t need to GO anywhere to feel that sense of accountability and motivation to get up, get dressed and push play. You don’t need to sign in and pay your entrance fee each week or scan your monthly membership to track your progress. The group and I will be there for you. We will check in on you if you miss a few days of posting. We will check in to see what you need and offer suggestions for ways to keep going and pushing forward.
Apart from a few sweaty selfies we might ask you to post, you don’t need to worry about what you wear or even how you smell – you’re only out to impress yourself and no one else has to see you. You don’t have to throw on your winter coat and boots, search for change for a locker, lug your gym bag out to the car and then to the gym. You are in the comfort of your own home and you are in control. If the workout is too much one day, press pause and take a slightly longer break. Room too warm? Turn down the thermostat. This is your space and you are in charge!
And bonus – no one throwing the weights down with a grunt and kissing their biceps in the mirror…unless that’s you and that’s your thing, then totally go for it.
You are not alone in your journey.
Are you thinking about starting an at home workout program or perhaps struggling to complete one you’ve had for a while? I run a challenge group every month, usually for the 21 Day Fix fitness and nutrition program, but occasionally I will host an additional group for a new program that launches.
Send me an email or message me on Facebook and I can figure out what group might be best for you to help you reach your goals. LET’S DO THIS!