The power of community in the fitness world has shown up throughout the years, from the days of muscle beach to the jogging craze, from Zumba to CrossFit, from Strongman to StrongFirst. In the modern era CrossFit stands as a popular example of community within a given sport/exercise method. The StrongFirst School of Strength (under Pavel) and Training for Warriors (under Martin Rooney) are also headed in this direction and represent international brother and sisterhoods.
I recall what trainer and coach forums were like 15-20 years ago and see where many are now. I have made some great friends through these forums, but take issue with board members who’s only purpose it seems is to antagonize or patronize others while contributing nothing of note to the group. I missed how things used to be and decided that now was the time to begin building a new community. I established and serve as administer of an online forum of personal trainers, strength coaches and other health and wellness professionals that currently stretches across the United States and multiple countries abroad including the Philippines,Canada and Australia.
The power of community has shown itself again. Professionals are asking questions and getting great responses from other dedicated professionals and not a single online fight has started. As far as I am concerned I am 70x smarter simply by being around these awesome people.