It has occurred to me before and again last week that there is an often overlooked aspect of the gym. An
aspect that I personally deem as important as being healthy because, it contributes to your health. That
aspect is COMRADERY! That’s right, comradery. By definition comradery is the spirit of friendship and community in a group, like the comradery of soldiers at war who keep each other upbeat despite the difficulty of their circumstances. A comrade is someone who springs to mind when you think “We’re in this together”, or “I have your back”, or “anything you need”.
There are many types of friendships. Friends whom you speak with every day, friends whom you may talk to once a year, friends who are neighbors, friends who are consider a work pal. The thing is, you don’t have to be best friends with someone to have their support. You can be comrades. If you belong to a gym, you belong to a group. There is a spirit of friendship among us. We are a support system. Not only for our goals within the gym but for events, good and bad, that have happened and are happening in our lives. We are there for each other, we pray for each other, we celebrate each other, and our hearts hurt for each other through pain. We are in a way, family.
There are more benefits to a gym than meets the eye. I have made many new comrades/friends through the gym as I’m sure you have too. I am grateful for my comradery with all of them. I am grateful for how we all pull together in thoughts and prayers for each other when someone is suffering.
That being said, I would like to ask all of you to uplift one of my comrades and her family in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
Jill Smith BS,CFT 803-477-1371 cell 937-748-9905 office firstname.lastname@example.org