When we talk about fitness, we often focus on diet plans and workout routines. But there’s a hidden force that can derail your fitness journey more than any cheat meal or skipped gym session—negative influences from those around you.

The Hidden Hurdle: Shitty Friends

It’s not the occasional indulgence or the odd lazy day that’s holding you back. It’s the consistent negativity from those closest to you. Your so-called friends or even family members who don’t support your goals can make big dents in your self-esteem and your fitness goals. They might trivialize your goals, offer a beer when they know you’re cutting down, or mock your health choices.

Bottom line: They don’t support you in your choices, and with no support, how can you expect to get where you want to go?

The Power of Influence

Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If those five people are negative about your fitness and personal growth, chances are, they are poisoning your progress. They might be jealous or want you to share in their complacency, but you’re not going to give in.

Change Your Circle, Change Your Life

If you’re serious about your fitness goals, it might be time to reassess your social circle. This isn’t about abandoning friends and family but rather about setting boundaries for your own well-being. It’s about choosing to spend more time with people who lift you up and share your ambitions.

The Positive Entourage

Seek out individuals who embody the lifestyle you aspire to. Surround yourself with those who hit the gym with energy, who make health-conscious decisions. Friends who support your goals and inspire you to better yourself.

The Takeaway

Your environment shapes your behavior and self-belief. To make real progress toward your fitness goals, you might need to make tough decisions about who you want to be around. 

It’s not just about physical training; it’s about training yourself to demand a higher standard of influence and company.

Remember, it’s your journey, your health, and your life. Choose companions who respect your goals and provide the encouragement you need to succeed.

Let us know of a time you changed who you spent time with and what happened in the comments!