Why did we start UpFit Training Academy?

Why did Westley and I decide to start our own fitness company?

Because there’s not enough services out there to give people what we REALLY need for success in health and fitness. Most commercial gyms actually model their businesses so that you DON’T show up.

What drives people to keep working hard and doing uncomfortable things (the two most important factors of success in fitness)? A sense of togetherness and accountability to a team and tribe bigger than themselves.

We at UpFit Training Academy strive to create an environment of support and mutual encouragement, and our signature small group training program drives that sort of culture. We find that through facilitating a team atmosphere, our clients practice the most important drivers of success in fitness/health: consistency, self-reliance, and self motivation.

“We assessed 2 types of workout goals: supportive goals and self-image goals. Our subjects strongly indicated that they were much more interested in supporting their fellow exercisers (e.g., camaraderie and support) during their group workouts than being concerned about self-image goals (e.g. sense of competition, physical appearance). Supporting
others while working out was positively related to intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, satisfaction in small group individualized training, well-being, and self-reported health and energy” (Wayment & McDonald, 2017).

Show of hands, who wants to get fit and strong??

We are at a point in human history where we are overly connected, but yet so isolated. It’s mind blowing that we can go a whole day in one of the most dense cities in the world, and not talk to anybody on a similar journey as us. The path to success is not through solo workouts in a crowded gym with your headphones on. It’s through a high positive atmosphere, where mutual support and teamwork empowers us to push past our perceived limits.

“The results of our study suggest that, at least for some individuals, an individualized group exercise setting may yield benefits beyond what is achieved by workouts performed in solitude. Our results suggest that combining individualized training in small groups provides a context that supports basic psychological needs. Furthermore, an exercise model that combines individual attention in a small-group setting may facilitate what Sandstrom and Dunn argue are the important “weak ties” that facilitate well being and sense of belonging and well being” (Wayment & McDonald, 2017).

Ask us about our signature small group training program! Get inspired by your fellow members, and see how as a team we can achieve more than as individuals. 

-Coach Paul

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