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Five Reasons You Should Train with a Group 

By David Bertrand

trainIt’s easy to fall into the monotony of a solo training regimen and lose sight of the challenge and empowerment we seek from our workouts. As humans, we are social creatures and can draw energy and motivation from each other. Whether you are just starting your path toward fitness, returning to training after some time off or lost your competitive edge, the company of a training group can help you go the extra mile. Here are 5 ways a group can help maximize your training: 

Accountability
The 5 a.m. alarm goes off — do you feel like hitting snooze and going right back to sleep? You might think twice knowing your training partners are out there getting the workout done. 

Motivation
Draw off the energy of your training partners to fight through that last interval of a speed workout or climb of a hill workout. 

Challenge
Training with others gets the competitive juices flowing, pushing you to continue challenging yourself. 

Distraction from Training Barriers
Whether your head is full of negative thoughts from a bad day at work or trouble with friends or family, your training group is there to keep things in perspective. You have opportunities for conversations with your training partners and structure from a coach to help you through rough spots that might otherwise result in a missed workout. 

Building Relationships
Your training group is there for you to share your experiences, learn from others, teach others, support others, be supportive and forge long-term friendships. 

In the end we all have a goal when we start training. By leaning on each other we can stay on track to reach our goals and have fun. The group dynamic can breathe fresh air into your workouts and carry over into all aspects of your life. Soon enough, you might find yourself recruiting friends and family to join you in the next group-training program or club workout.

Coach David Bertrand has been training, racing and coaching endurance athletes for over 10 years. His pursuit of mastery began in graduate school where he earned a master's degree in health and human performance and became fascinated with finding new ways to help athletes perform better and more efficiently. A true Professor of Practice, David teaches at Southern Methodist University in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness and has been featured in many leading publications. He can also be found speaking and teaching at many of the industry's national conferences, including USA Triathlon and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. David is Head Coach of DFW Tri Club in Dallas, Texas, and leads DFW Tri's Coaching School, an institute for the education of endurance coaches. David is married to Nikki (also a coach), and has two beautiful girls, Annie and Tessa. To reach David, please visit dfwtriclub.com or email david@dfwtriclub.com.

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