by Matt Weik
While this article may not apply to EVERY person who goes to the gym, it absolutely applies to many of those who have and use their gym membership on a regular basis. Sure, there are people who have a gym membership who may never fall into the categories I’m about to mention, just as there are many people who don’t have a gym membership who fall into those categories.
The main lesson that you want to focus on in this article is how to use your gym membership to learn how to build and grow a business simply by having a gym membership and actively using it .
Good people go to the gym
If you’re starting a business or are considering starting a business, your gym membership can help you grow. The gym is full of good people helping others. Who else can you find in the gym? Other like-minded entrepreneurs. You have the ability to distract ideas from these people and to network.
Rarely do you find people in a bad mood while exercising and refusing to talk to people and isolate themselves. Most of the time everyone is happy to be there and do a killer workout.
Gym members seek improvement
When you go to the gym, you go there to improve your health and fitness, right? Maybe to relieve stress and escape the world for a minute? Regardless, everyone who goes to the gym is looking for some kind of improvement.
Placing yourself in an environment where people are constantly striving to improve themselves is where you want to be if you want to follow suit. You say you are the average of the five people who are closest to you.
Those at the gym are people who tend to be self-motivated and have the entrepreneurial spirit to go out, work, rush and do the work to see progress. They’re not afraid to go under the bar and dig deep to encourage changes in their health and physique. Mental strength and physical strength usually go hand in hand.
Smart people have gym memberships
While gym membership isn’t an accurate measure of your IQ, if you’re ready to hit the gym to improve your health and physique, you clearly have some level of intelligence.
People look at the gym and bodybuilders for some reason and assume they have all muscles and no mind. This is not the case. Most bodybuilders have extensive knowledge of exercise, nutrition, and the human body. They are able to use this knowledge to transform their bodies and get on stage to compete for work and leisure.
Those who play sports also tend to want to improve other aspects of their life and business through constant learning. Just like with rotating workouts and learning new training protocols, many people tend to keep educating themselves in self improvement and business. You can learn a lot from interacting with these people.
People value their health and spend money to maintain it
Those who value their health will spend money to maintain it. This means that they buy healthy and nutritious foods, go to the gym regularly, and have managed their lifestyle so that they get the results they want. This carries over to business as well.
When you have a company that helps people it will be in line with what others in the gym are trying to achieve. If you can provide someone with time or money, it will be one less thing or they will feel more confident in their decision to save money by using your service or product. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Gyms are full of GREAT thinkers
To build a business, you need to network and build a community. Gyms are full of people who think big and have big dreams and ambitions. You want to surround yourself with people like that. They can be a great resource for generating ideas, answering questions when you hit a sticking point in your business, or someone to network with, help you, or connect you with the right people on their network . Hell, they can even become your customers.
Far too many people put their headphones on, pull their hats low, and never communicate with people in the gym. While there is nothing wrong with just staying on track and focusing on your workout, you are missing out on a great opportunity to network and network with others. That doesn’t mean sitting on the bench for 30 minutes and chatting instead of crushing a workout. But chatting in the lobby, chatting between sentences, and chatting in the locker room could absolutely help you grow your business.
Train with those who inspire you
Let’s go one step further. Instead of chatting with people in passing, make them your training partner – assuming they are training with you and your schedule at the same time?
Now, not only do you have someone to move you forward during your workout, but you also have someone who can help you move your business forward. Chat with someone about business, things you see and do, and ask questions about how they overcome X, Y, and Z can move your business forward dramatically.
Training with another business professional is a great way to hold each other accountable and not only push yourself through the training personally but also professionally.