There is a very specific reason training in a group atmosphere is so incredibly effective at increasing your results. More importantly, it does wonders at encouraging you to stick with the program!
You see, when you workout by yourself you flood your bloodstream with wonderful endorphins and dopamine. Woohoo! These neurotransmitters are your body’s way of rewarding you and giving you incentive to keep going despite pain or hardship. Through achieving your goals, dopamine is released and endorphins are for dulling the pain and giving you “the runners high”. We can all think about a time where the pain seemed too great to continue, and then Kabam! all of the sudden more strength arrived! While these hormones provide us with tremendous benefits, they have their shortcomings and are often called “the selfish hormones”.
As humans, we are naturally social animals. As such, there is a very specific hormone released when we are in the presence of other human beings we deeply care about. It’s called oxytocin. It is one of the main reasons humans place such high value on relationships, affection, family, compassion, and empathy. It’s what separates us from an animal such as a crocodile, who will gladly cannibalize a family member to suppress the threat of starvation.
The really cool thing is, your body remembers who causes you to release oxytocin. This is that extremely comfortable calming feeling you get when around your husband, wife, or kids. Naturally, your subconscious associates this with that person and prompts you to spend more time around them. The effect is exponential!
The cool thing is, your likelihood of reaching your fitness goals can be drastically increased by including a healthy dose of oxytocin in the mix.
All you have to do is find a group of people with similar goals that you get along with really well. The more you share, the more you help others, and the more you open yourself up the better. What’s amazing about oxytocin is that it causes you to be committed to something much deeper and more fulfilling than simply “getting a rush” from achieving your goals. It’s the reason humans care so much about helping the defenseless who can’t necessarily provide for themselves. Don’t get me wrong, goals are important, but not the end all be all. Your purpose has to be greater than your own hopes and goals.
At Fuel Rx, we do our absolute best to live and teach these goals so the world can become a fitter happier place 😉