Iron sharpens iron, you may have heard or seen me use this phrase in email or other posts, but what does it mean?
This phrase originates in the biblical book of Proverbs. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. We see that there is a benefit of rubbing one blade of iron against another. It mutually sharpens both blades.
What does this have to do with health and fitness? While there are some individuals that do well to reach their goals working on their own, most people need some sort of accountability. It is by surrounding yourself with like-minded, supportive people that you become better and you help them become better. Iron sharpens iron. You support and motivate each-other. You hold each-other accountable.
4 Pillars of Fitness
We have talked about the four pillars of fitness that we believe in at Body Force.
Exercise and Movement
Coaching and Accountability
Coaching and accountability is where we get to see iron sharpen iron. Our coaching staff are subject matter experts on fitness matters. They are here to help you, to sharpen you physically. They provide guidance and instruction on proper exercise technique and body mechanics. Our coaches help you assess your progress, honing in on your fitness goals.
Other members become accountability partners that you look forward to seeing at your workouts. You know each other and you support each other as you work on your fitness goals. You encourage each-other during the workouts and you push each-other to do better. This is, iron sharpens iron.
These relationships that develop between coaches and members or between members is part of what I feel makes Body Force a great environment for reaching new levels of health and fitness. It is in these relationships we see the effects of, iron sharpens iron.
Help Sharpen Yourself and Others
With all of the stresses of everyday life it can be hard to be a person that sharpens others or to find someone to sharpen you. Here are a few things you can do in the gym:
Get to know those who have been around a while.
Welcome the newer members.
Be encouraging to one another.
Bring friends who you would like to help find a new fitness routine.
Ask for and follow guidance from the coaching staff.
A little friendly competition can go a long way.
Most of all be friendly and supportive.
Surround yourself with like minded people and help sharpen them as they help sharpen you.
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