From group fitness to online personal training to one-to-one coaching, getting in shape is a social thing and a great way to meet new people. It’s one of the most addictive parts of working out, as Fitmark Ambassador Alexis Farrell found out when she began her own fitness journey. It was the support of her online fitness community that kept her engaged and on track. It’s also another excuse to travel someplace new and meet those online friends face to face.
Some of my best friends have come into my life through fitness and working out. I love the community and it’s great having a group of people that share the same values as you and push you to be your best every single day.
Community and Competition
Alexis has always been actively involved in sports and works in sports marketing, but after college, she needed to find another outlet and it was weightlifting and fitness. She told us:
After college, I needed something to keep me active and involved, while helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My cousin introduced me to weightlifting and fitness competitions. I was instantly hooked. I have been working out, weights and cardio, and following a bodybuilder lifting routine since 2014. I love weight lifting, but am starting to branch out and get more involved with running 5Ks and taking yoga classes.
Working towards her first competition opened up a whole new world of fitness peeps and a fitness community that kept Alexis motivated. She told us:
Fitness and competing have introduced me to so many incredible people, all the while helping me improve on my own goals and bring my best self each day. I get so much joy from connecting with like-minded people and hearing their unique stories. I have met a majority of these people from joining an online fitness team 2 years ago. The team had a Facebook page and everyone could post, answer questions and engage as a community. I have made so many “real life” friends that way and now when I travel, I know I will most likely know someone in that state or area.
Travel and Besties
Alexis told us that she’s lucky to have a job that sends her across the country on business trips, but she also loves to travel for pleasure. Having studied in Spain and traveled all through Europe, Alexis combines her love for travel with her passion for fitness and gets to travel to many places competing and meeting up with her online fitness friends. She says:
Travel has really been a big passion for me and one of my key motivators to work hard at my job. I have friends from all over North America from fitness and social media connections. There is a group in particular of 4 girls, who I’ve met all from fitness. They’re from Canada, Oklahoma and Seattle and we all get together once a year and just hang, catch up, lift and eat lots of yummy foods.
Finding Fitness Inspiration Online
Online fitness communities are often the first place people start out when they’re looking for inspiration and Instagram is one of the best networks to find them (#fitfam). It was here that Alexis first found Fitmark and knew instantly that a company who makes bags for fitness, nutrition, and travel was one she could get on board with. She told us:
I’d seen photos of Fitmark bags popping up all over Instagram and so many of my fitness role models/inspirations have them, so I was always curious. I had a different bag back then that I received as an Xmas gift and it did the job, but was so large and bulky and not ideal for travel. I was ecstatic when the opportunity came up to represent Fitmark Bags to try them out. I received the Shield cooler bag and it does everything I would want in a meal prep bag, but it is super compact and easy to tote along on my travels.
Have Bag Will Travel
Traveling for Alexis often requires getting on a flight, so having the right meal bag to keep her on track without the hassle makes the journey all the more enjoyable. She told us:
I take the Shield on multiple flights and it’s the perfect size for a carry-on and fits conveniently under the seat in front of you. I love that the ice packs are TSA approved, so you don’t need to worry about them being confiscated, in case they melt a little. The Shield bag saves my life every day. Keeps all my meals fresh, cool and organized. The bag has space for everything I need in a small, compact, easy-to-carry bag.
Trips to the Gym, Trips to the Office
Alexis finds many uses for her meal bag and traveling to work is another journey she takes every day that requires a well-stocked and neatly packed bag. She told us:
I use the Shield every single day to pack my meals for work. Working in an office setting has lots of temptations (cookies everywhere!), so I love having this at my desk to keep me on track. It is totally part of my everyday life. I stack the bag with meals the night before, it comes to the gym with me in the morning and then I keep it on my desk at work all day and all my food stays fresh and cool.
Travel and Carry-On Luggage
Alexis has her next trip planned already for New Year’s Eve to celebrate her target weight loss goal that she set for herself back in June. Traveling, meeting fitness buddies, and treating herself are just some of the ways she rewards herself for reaching her goals. It’s a great way to stay motivated and just one of the perks of the community of fitness. This time she’s taking along the Sport Duffel:
I recently acquired the Sport Duffel and THIS is the gym bag I always wanted. I use it every day to carry my gym sneakers, shaker bottle, lifting gloves, keys, supplements and all my other gym goodies. What I love most is that it gives you the option to hold 2 meals in a separate compartment, keeping everything cold with the Fitmark ice packs. Some days, I pack my post-workout meal in this bag and then it truly holds everything I need for my workouts and my nutrition, setting me up for a successful day.
I take this bag on many flights and weekend trips and it travels so well. Stores all my travel needs like clothes, shoes, and personal items, but also keeps me on track with my nutrition. The TSA approved ice packs are genius. The Sports Duffel has everything I need to help me stay fit, energized and ready to go, while I jet set around the world. Perfection!
Finding community through fitness is just another benefit of getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great way to stay motivated and stick to your goals, but it’s also an amazing way to meet new friends and to travel to some places you’ve never seen before. Who knows where it will take you, but you can be sure of one thing – it will be an adventure.
You can follow Fitmark Ambassador Alexis Farrell on Instagram @alexislaney
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The Fitmark Team