It’s true: “You don’t have to be great to start; but you DO have to start to be great.” That saying speaks volumes when it comes to fitness. How many times have you actually told yourself, “I promise to work out tomorrow,” but somehow, tomorrow seems to never come?
An empty studio is just sad, honey.
A few weeks ago, I had a chance to participate in the first NTC Live in Singapore and it sure did help me push further, jump higher, and train harder. The Nike Training Club (NTC) is a high energy community that comes together to set goals to smash them, and get NTC fit. It aims to fuel the new culture of sports for women whether in the gym, the studio, or High Intensity Training.
Ever tried Xtend Barre? It was quite challenging, I tell you.
For the culminating activity, NTC Master Trainer Marie Purvis led some 600 girls, including me, for an adrenaline-pumped training session. My takeaway from the event? Aside from an ignited fitness spirit, I’ve learned that fitness is a journey best experienced with your gal pals.
Nike Master Trainer Marie Purvis
Over 500 girls gathered at the iconic Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
Here, we list why you should start working out with your BFFs.
THEY GIVE YOU THAT EXTRA MOTIVATION.
Ultimately, working out or getting yourself to start working out is a decision you make; but if you need more convincing, a friend who’s ready to jump in on with you is the answer. Knowing that someone is counting on you and waiting for you can get you out of bed faster. It’s one thing to cancel plans with yourself but it’s another to cancel on your friends.
Bailing out on your friends is not cool!
Besides, working out with your BFFs means you wouldn't have to look silly alone.
THEY PROVIDE GOOD COMPETITION.
Working out with a friend can bring out your competitive side. You don’t want to be the weak one who can’t keep up with the squats, do you? When you feel like throwing in the towel, look at the friend beside you who’s showing no signs of giving up. You see, they’re there to keep you focused.
And jump higher!
THEY CAN TURN THE BORING SESSION INTO BONDING TIME.
News flash: stretching isn’t the most exciting way to pass the time. Add some friends to the mix and it becomes more interesting. Work out sessions can be a great venue for catching up. It eventually becomes an occasion you look forward to.
TIME FLIES FASTER WHEN YOU’RE WORKING OUT WITH A GROUP.
And because you’re having fun, the time you devote to calorie-burning seems to go by faster.
So you can take your after-workout #selfie.
THEY GIVE YOU AN OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE.
It’s hard to evaluate your progress by yourself. Having someone track your improvement objectively and validate your fitness goals, bolsters your self-esteem and helps you stay faithful to your routine.
YOU GET TO SHOP FOR COOL AND CHIC WORK OUT GEAR TOGETHER.
Here’s a bonus! Adding shopping to the equation certainly ups the ante.
Behold, the Nike Zoom Fit Agility Women's Training Shoes...
Some of Nike's Fall 2014 and Holiday 2014 key pieces
Doesn't this lovely outfit give you extra motivation to hit the gym?
IT’S MORE FUN TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE ACHIEVED IT WITH.
Celebrations are always more fun with friends; but they become sweeter and more meaningful if they are the friends you've shared your journey with. It goes without saying that working out with your girl friends can even strengthen your bond.
Hooray! Here's to solid friendships and fit bodies!
So, ladies, it’s time to train like a beast and look like a beauty. It may not be easy, but I’m telling you, it will totally be worth it.