Start your own calisthenics/parkour community and empower the people to take charge of their own health!
If you have ever wanted to make a positive impact on your local community, try implementing the bodyweight exercises and parkour, and teach people how to do it. It’ll bring them together – regardless of their age, gender, religion, sexuality, social status and fitness level. Imagine a gathering of people from all walks of life and ages engaged in physical movement purely for the abundance of health benefits, and they’ll be having so much fun that they won’t realize they are working out.
That is how to start a workout community. And the journey towards building it can be amazing and rewarding. Your community can grow each day by welcoming new and different people. It will create a unique set of characteristics and routines. Community brings people together, makes them take care of themselves and people around them and everybody can learn so much from that experience.
But why would you be the one to build it – you may ask yourself.
Why you should create your local workout community?
There is no greater feeling than having a positive impact on individuals and your community
When was the last time you had a positive impact on someone? Giving that one advice that helped your friend so much, teaching a child how to socialize with other kids or stand up to a bully, helped your parents switch to a healthier nutritional regime by going with them through it. Isn’t so fulfilling, right?
Imagine what can happen when you spread that positive impact and change to a community that shares your same goals and values. You can actually do a great deal for all of those people.
How would it impact your life if it’s on a larger scale?
The positive impact on your own life will be stronger than ever, it will make you achieve your full potential and reach your main goals.
Here are some reasons I’d like to point out:
REASON 1 – People will learn that exercise can be fun and free for everyone
I have been working out for over 4 years 3-4 times a week and I have never had a gym membership or a personal trainer. Calisthenics and parkour never require anything but your own body and can be done indoors or outdoors.
You can start with a simple workout plan that will engage people, encourage them to do the exercises together, and help each other out. They won’t realize that they are working out!
When your community develops a mutual connection and gets in physical form, you can start creating workout variations and more challenging workouts.
REASON 2 – People inside a group will feel less self-conscious and motivated
When you get all these different type of people working out together, all the differences will be gone. People will forget about their own insecurities and start working harder if they see someone who is working harder than them.
The best thing is that people will feel way more motivated to not only exercise but to push themselves harder.It’s been scientifically proven. We tend to put more effort because we are in an unspoken friendly competition with others and ourselves, so there will always be someone to shout out a word or two to increase the motivation level.
REASON 3 – We are all influenced and influencers
By creating a positive space for people to gather together and exercise, have fun, connect and work towards a common goal we’re creating a community – one with a profoundly positive impact. When you talk to, see or engage with someone who eats healthy you most likely are inspired and motivated to eat healthy.
This influence can happen with good or bad actions. When I workout at the park people walking by or hanging out try exercises I am doing. I became aware of this influence a few years ago before calisthenics, so I figured our society can always use more positive influencers.
You can be that positive influence on your family, friends or strangers.
Now, when you know why – let’s talk about how to actually successfully build your own workout community, step by step:
How I successfully built my workout community and you can too
1. I chose a name that motivated me a lot!
When I decided I wanted to start a community, I wanted to come up with a name that personally pumped me up, and something anyone could connect to. I named it Train like Gods!
2. I used social media to share events
Social media was the fastest way to get the word out there, so I began a YouTube channel. I made videos of my training and made sure to share that I’m looking for other people to train with, where I trained at and my an email address to contact me.I used Facebook and Instagram to share events I created.I started a Facebook page to share my videos and meet events. In the events I made sure to include that it’s free and open to anyone. I would invite everyone, share it on relatives and a few friends page.
3. I made it as simple as possible
To create an event, all I did was choose a day, time, and place. Most of the time I held the events at the parks or schools. Once in awhile local gyms would let us train there, but I still preferred the outdoors way better.
4. I interacted with as many people as possible
I would talk to and invite people I would see at parks exercising. Tell them about the community I’m was creating. I would also invite people from my job site.
5. Then I turned to Instagram
I used my Instagram to share my trainings clips and events. These sports happen to be more enticing to a younger generation so this helped spread the word quicker.
You’d be surprised how easy it is to make friends with the people you meet at the park.
Now it’s your turn to build YOUR workout community
When you create a community around exercise, you’re not only working out, you’re asking what each other’s fitness goals are, you’re sharing diet tips and ideas as well as injury prevention, and eventually about work, school and other more personal questions down the road.
It’s important to not only care about how much muscle everyone is gaining or pounds they have lost. It’s called cohesion. When you talk about goals people have in other areas of life, and support and encourage them in reaching those goals and do things other than train together.
Now create a name you will love, make a Youtube channel, Facebook page, Instagram and any other social media account you like. Choose a day, time and place, make events share it with everyone you can. Have fun no matter if it rains or shines. Start making your community and our world a little more empowered, peaceful and more connected place.
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