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The fitness world is an interesting place. Threaded through the workouts, training plans and competitions is a delicate balance of push and pull, give and take. We can learn so much, everyday, from the people around us, and we can also teach our friends and training partners.
In fitness, there is no one size fits all solution. There are outlines and plans, but every person is so different – what is effective for one can’t ever really be effective for all. This is why community is so vital to the success of sports like running – we have so much to teach each other.
For the last four years, my running years, I have kept my ears open. I have listened to those around me, my tribe of workout buddies, absorbing suggestions, recommendations and tips. Through them, I have honed my own skills and training, managed long run fueling, conquered calf cramps, and treated my plantar fasciitis. By being open to new things, I was led to the benefits of different kinds of cross training, discovered a love of stand up paddle board, and found a sense of adventure.
When I hire my running coaches for my annual goal race, I pay close attention to all the wisdom they have to teach me. They know me, my strengths and weaknesses, when I need to push, when I need to suck it up and when I need to give myself a break. They have experience and knowledge and it only benefits me to learn from them.
And even though I’m not elite or professional, there are tips and tricks that I can pass on to people in my circle. Whether it’s a new brand of gel that I found both palatable and gentle on the stomach, a pair of socks that that don’t budge during workouts, or a class I found particularly motivating, I have the ability to help out those around me. It’s pretty cool to be able to help build the community in a positive way.
What kind of things can you teach to those in your fitness tribe?
What can they teach you?