Imagine you walk up to a wall…and just start talking. You talk about everything from your macros for the day to how much weight you just pulled and how many times you’ve already pooped today. You are deep in the heart of fitness talk…and the wall? Is your husband.
He has no clue. He doesn’t care to have a clue. He just stares blankly until you mention a word that resembles something he understands and cares about. This takes awhile. Finally he hears the word “dinner” and takes his cue, “YES! Dinner! What’s for Dinner?!” and walks..eh em BOLTS away.
Enter The #FitFam.
You’ve probably seen fitness posts that include a million hashtags. #Fitness #CleanEating #SWOLmates #WeightLoss #Gains #DoYouEvenLiftBro and of course #FitFam. Each of those little hashtags represent a connection to an entire world of people who REALLY DO want to talk about your protein poops and post workout pump! People who find inspiration in your successes and will help you through your struggles. They are your #FitFam..Your Fitness Family.
These are the people that get genuinely psyched when you succeed. The people that will offer you any and all advice, shoulders to cry on and squat racks to spot on. The outpouring of amazing support from my #Fitfam has been unreal. The best part? Whether you know it or not, you start using those hashtags, and it will make you discoverable. You too will be motivating and inspiring others in your own unique way.
I want to give a shout out to the people that have made such an amazingly positive impact on my journey so far..most of which, I’ve never met, let alone spoken to over the phone.
Ben – St. Cloud.
Ben is one of my original trainers turned Mestie. Man. Bestie. He and I can literally talk about anything. Fitness talks are pretty much nothing but passion for the pump. Ben is now an Officer in the U.S. Army and our chats are mostly via Facetime and Text.
Chris – NYC
Chris is a 30-something dad that has been through an amazing journey of his own and is now Power lifting. He is always good for an extra kick in my ass to get the job done and has already shared so much of his knowledge and experience with me. I also love watching the videos he sends me of his young daughter that he is teaching to lift. Chris inspires me daily.
Mollie – St. Cloud
Mollie and I actually work together. We both have a similar mindset for what/where we want to go on this fitness journey and at the same time, the understanding of the grueling demands that radio can have on our fitness schedules and more. She inspires me with her fearless approach to this journey. Mollie’s focus in her transformation is Cross-Fit.
Jason – Milwaukee
Jason is a Physical Therapist who travels and is one of the most positive lights on fitness social media. He’s like a shot of Inspirational Adrenaline in the ass. He even offers some advice when needed. He is the one that helped me find my love for KT Tape.
Robin – Iowa
Robin is a student, the mother of Batman the cat and always has the most fun snapchats to watch. Whether we are showing off our current post workout pics or encouraging each other to get up and do the workout anyway, she’s been fantastic for me.
Vinny – Nashville
Vinny, aka Bigg Vinny has been through some amazing transformations including his appearance on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. From weight loss to now Power Lifting, Vinny and his wife have always been there when I have questions or just need my butt kicked on the road.
Stephanie – St. Cloud
I work with Stephanie as well. We talk Clean Eating All. The. Time. She is a great resource for a more holistic approach to fitness and nutrition. Steph’s fitness choice at the moment is Barre and Barre Fusion.
I have a profile on Bodyspace and the outpouring of support is amazing. Special shout outs to:
Stephanie Sanzo / StephFitMum- Austrailia
Kristi Youngdahl / kyoungdahl – Minnesota
Chris McGann – Roanoke,US
Todd Morris – Camp Douglas, US
RedRiverRogue – Florence, US
Jaye – Pearl Harbor, US
There are so many others that I could list, but it would take forever and It’s Leg Day Bitchachos.
Don’t forget to look beyond the wall in front of you, there are always like-minded people looking to share stories, inspiration and more with you. You just have to seek them out.
Good Luck, FitFam! xoxo