How to Build Community Through Group Programming


My first experience of group training wasn’t a personal experience. It was a secondary experience that came through interacting with my mom.


When I was in elementary school, I clearly remember her going to Jazzercise after dropping me off at tae kwon do. She wore her sweats, headband, tennis shoes, and a face that showed how “jazzed” she was to meet her friends at Jazzercise. Although I have a clear memory of her heading to Jazzercise, I never had an idea of what she actually did when she got there. Based on her excitement, I assumed that it was one of the coolest things in the world. I didn't realize until I was much older that it wasn’t the workout that kept her jazzed to keep going back. It was the community.

Slade Jones is the owner of Revolutionary Fitness , a unique client-centric gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Slade works with a wide variety of clients, from those just trying to stay in shape (or get there) to athletes, injured athletes, and former athletes seeking to maintain strength. While Revolutionary Fitness is home to a competitive powerlifting team, it is best known for cultivating a supportive atmosphere where members of all ages and backgrounds share the experience of seeking a better...Read more