For the past week, I’ve been back home in Toronto for Canadian thanksgiving and I’m working out at my old gym while I’m here. I couldn’t help but notice that I wasn’t as motivated to push myself compared to working out in Brooklyn.
Most people that workout at my Brooklyn gym are young and fit. Just being around others that take fitness so seriously motivates me. It’s as if there’s a silent competition on who can lift the most or look the best. My former gym in Toronto has many people that are earlier on in their fitness journey and many that attend casually. While there’s nothing wrong with that - I have worked out at my hometown gym for years - I realized how much the right environment implicitly motivates me at the gym.
I’m not one to socialize at the gym, but just physically being around fit folks motivates me. This analogy goes beyond working out.