committing to a fitness team

Solo or Team?

Solo or team which is more helpful in committing to a fitness goal? While I’m not saying the team is the only way to go there are many benefits. A meta-analysis done in 2016 showed us teams improved totally and individually. The best teams are a moderate size of 6 – 12 people. Members remain consistent, stable and members don’t change too much.

What the study found as the principal mechanisms:


1. You’ll be held accountable for staying in shape.

By committing to a fitness team, it’s your job to respect your peers and trainer by showing up to each and every class. If you start skipping sessions, those people will notice, and likely give you a hard time for slacking off. Is that the impression you want to make on your fitness friends? Working out with a group of people holds you accountable for reaching those goals and staying in shape.

2. You’ll enjoy friendly competition

Working side-by-side with someone who has the drive and ambition that you have is one of the easiest ways to get motivated. There are no losers in this scenario. Either way, you and your neighbour will push and strive harder together than either of you would’ve alone.

3. You’ll form a strong bond with like-minded people.

The strongest bonds are formed during battle/training. When you train with a team, you’re surrounding yourself with like-minded people. You’ll form friendships with individuals who offer support and guidance throughout the exercise and beyond.

Not found in the study but was taught by Bearnshaw… Always bring it in at the end to wrap the session with a hi 5.


Team sports can also help with emotional development. Research has found that exercise can lead to a unique state of short-term relaxation. That relaxation can promote increased concentration, better memory, enhanced creativity, more effective problem solving, and an improved mood — all benefits that will extend into the classroom. Team athletes are constantly working with a slate of other people, many of whom can become positive role models along the way. Team sports foster mentorship between older players and younger players, coaches and athletes, and more. Coaches, in particular, can play an important role in a young athlete’s life. Players who have positive sports mentors when they’re young are also more likely to seek effective role models throughout their life. Soft skills are personal attributes that allow people to build positive social relationships.


Benefits of committing to a fitness team


Team sports are an excellent source of soft skills development, as they allow athletes to grow within a supportive environment. Effective communication is a soft skill fostered through team sports.

While it might not be as obvious as sitting down and discussing a group project, team sports take a lot of communication — both spoken and unspoken. Communication skills are key in maintaining a functioning sports team, whether it’s listening to locker room pep talk, picking up on nonverbal cues given by other players, or expressing a thought during a post-game debrief.

Team players are expected to express their concerns, hopes, and disappointments to their coaches and their teammates. This also encourages players to seek feedback from coaches as well as their classroom teachers, as a result fostering communications skills that will help them succeed in their academic endeavours.


Happy training!

Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.