“The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.” – Mark Hyman
Being a part of something greater, such as the Marine Corps community, impacts the overall health of individuals. It is why group training classes such as High-Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) for Marines, group fitness classes, and small-group training classes are so popular.
Fitness programs are community programs that exist to motivate and promote physical and social fitness. Connections today often take place in the technological world, but we need to make human connections in real-time. Small and large group training environments provide us with those personal connections which become a support system. Once a connection has been made, a community is made; relationships are developed beyond the fitness setting. We all join groups based on our individual desires. Whether we want to get stronger, faster, or lose weight, each person present inspires motivation and increases the energy in the environment, increasing the desire to work harder, get faster, and become stronger.
Studies show that when we exercise with others, we are more likely to stick to a program and reap the benefits associated with physical training. The Society of Behavior Medicine reported that those who had a workout partner or participated in group fitness improved performance faster than those who engaged in independent fitness.
Semper Fit fitness programs provide group training options for Marines and their families. For more information on group training, unit training, and HITT Classes, reach out to your local Semper Fit HITT Coordinator. To find out what group fitness classes are in your area, contact your local Semper Fit office.
Respect can be described as a perceived value that we attach to ourselves and others. To respect others, we must first respect ourselves. Exercise helps us build confidence that increases our sense of self-worth and confidence.
Respect can mean different things to different people in any situation. Coach Nick Gounaris, the Combat Fitness Training Specialist for Headquarters Semper Fit and Recreation, talks about his perspective on respect as a strength and conditioning coach.
Motivating words from coaches around the Marine Corps