Fitness Communities To Join

The Power of Community In Supporting Your Fitness: 7 Communities To Join

For a long time, I was a solo worker-outer. And I still enjoy that quite a bit, but when I started coaching and leading groups I discovered the empowering energy, inspiration and reassurance of sharing your fitness goals, struggles, and victories with others who can relate.

Online fitness communities are groups and forums of like-minded people that can provide a network of support wherever you are-⎯whether you’ve are seeking motivation and accountability, want nutrition guidance, have questions about training for a marathon, and many more fitness and wellness geek-out topics. Have a look at this list of fitness communities and see if there’s one that speaks to you.

1. The Whole Life Challenge

The Whole Life Challenge runs in 6-week cycles each season. The format is a game you can play solo, or with your friends and family to support your growth in seven areas of health including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and stress management. Per their website, “playing alongside a team is an important part of the Whole Life Challenge experience, keeping you motivated, on-track, and accountable for your daily progress.” It’s not required to play on a team, but it’s encouraged as it helps you attain your goals. Learn more about the challenger here. Several of my clients have participated in the WLC and really enjoyed the gentle structure and well-rounded focus.

2. Trail Sisters

A nationwide network, Trail Sisters’ mission is “to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running and hiking through inspiration, education and empowerment.” Check out their race calendar and communities and local groups.

3. Girls Gone Strong

GGS is my bedrock resource for training women, and anyone really, no matter their gender. You can find many free resources on their website, but go to their Facebook forum for interactive community support. These folks are science/evidence based, all-shapes-and-sizes welcoming, autonomy-respecting coaches, and that’s the culture they promote. A great community. 

4. Precision Nutrition

My other most-often consulted and recommended resource, this one in the nutrition space, is Precision Nutrition, the hands-down best nutrition coaches. Like GGS above, they have a website choked with resources, but for interactive community and support, get to their FB page.

5. Run The Edge

Run The Edge is an inclusive community with something for everyone, and they’ve developed a strong supportive international following you can connect with in their forums. Choose from a variety of creatively designed virtual challenges to join, and you can sync the tracking tool to your fitness watch to keep track of your progress in challenges.

6. MedalMad

Medal collectors I see you! You’re motivated by groovy talisman rewards. MedalMad is the online platform for you. They motivate their community through challenge groups, tracking milestones, seeing your and other member’s results, and mutual support. What sets them apart is their unique nicely-crafted medals. Check out their challenges here.

7. Unstill Life

If you’re in Seattle, we can connect IRL! Come meet your walking and running community and your outdoor fitness class community. We welcome all fitness levels (i.e; you don’t need to get fit to join us). We are walkers, walk-runners, new runners and full-on avid runners. We value being strong for outdoor activities we love. And no matter where you are, you can get in on the Unstill Life virtual fitness challenge by joining our private Facebook group. It’s a simple game designed to help you add more active minutes to your life. We’ve been doing it for 10 years! Sound like it might be a good fit for you? Reach out and I’ll tell you all about it.

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