5 Online Fitness Communities to Keep You Motivated

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5 Online Fitness Communities to Keep You Motivated

For many people, motivation can be a fickle thing, especially when it comes to fitness. Having a supportive community around your chosen activity – whether it’s weight lifting, cycling, running, or any other type of exercise – can keep you motivated, push you to work out harder, and encourage you to stay committed to your fitness goals.

If you can’t find a local fitness community, try joining one online.

5 Online Fitness Communities to Keep You Motivated

Fitness-oriented online communities can be the perfect way for you to connect with like-minded exercisers. No one can better understand your fitness struggles than someone with similar goals, and building a support network of people who want you to succeed might be exactly what you need to keep going.

Here are five social networks centered on fitness that, depending on your activities and goals, may be a good fit for you.

MyFitnessPal

Weight loss

MyFitnessPal

Where MyFitnessPal shines the brightest is their calorie-counting system, which taps into a massive database of nutritional information and includes a diary where you can log every meal. The platform makes it easy to estimate how much you should be eating and how many calories you should be burning to reach your goal weight. While the majority of the community aims to lose weight, the tool is just as effective for those who want to maintain or gain weight. You can log your meals from a browser or with MyFitnessPal’s app.

Pros:

  • Detailed calorie counting
  • App for Android and iOS
  • Active community message boards
  • Syncs with many other fitness trackers and apps
  • Free to use

Cons:

  • There are often multiple entries in the database for any given food and it can be hard to know which ones are accurate
  • Exercise needs to be entered manually or synced from another app

Fitbit

General activity / walking

Fitbit

Fitbit’s online community is centered around their fitness wearable products that track stats like steps taken, distance moved, and stairs climbed. Users can join groups based on interests or goals (e.g. 30-Somethings Looking to Lose Weight, Bay Area Runners, or Training for a 5k) to meet like-minded exercisers.

The platform also lets you add people to your friends list, which makes it easy to start challenges between up to 10 individuals. Challenges pit you against one another to see who can get the most steps in a given timeframe. These mini races can be a great source of motivation, especially when you’re struggling to reach your daily step goal.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use dashboard
  • App for Android and iOS
  • Better for creating your own fitness community of friends and family rather than connecting with new people

Cons:

  • The discussion boards and app are free to use, but to get the most out of it you need to purchase a Fitbit tracker

Jefit

General training

Jefit

Jefit allows you to find fitness plans or design your own and track your workouts in the app or online. You can connect with friends and other members to encourage one another, share workouts, and set personal goals for yourself.

Pros:

  • Allows you to fully personalize your workout
  • Huge database of exercises
  • App for Android and iOS
  • Free-to-use basic app

Cons:

  • Discussion boards are not as active as some other communities
  • Certain features are only available to paying members

Bodyspace

Strength training and bodybuilding

Bodyspace is the social networking side of bodybuilding.com, and as such is geared more toward weightlifting and bodybuilding than weight loss or cardio-based exercise. Many of their members are experienced weight lifters aiming to improve their performance, tone their physique, and swap training tips with other fitness enthusiasts. Users can choose from a database of comprehensive fitness plans – many designed by celebrity trainers – and track their progress on the website or app. If you’re looking for a community that will motivate you to push your limits, this may be the one.

Pros:

  • Comprehensive database of strength-based exercise videos and fitness articles
  • Active and supportive community
  • Android and iOS app
  • Free to use

Cons:

  • Most of the celebrity training plans recommend nutritional supplements, so unless you buy in, your results may vary

NerdFitness

Transformative fitness

Nerdfitness

This down-to-earth fitness community is perfect for beginners and, as the name suggests, may especially appeal to individuals with “nerdy” interests. Many people in the NerdFitness community are new to exercise and have chosen to start because they want to lose weight or get healthier. The site promotes healthy living through strength training and a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, meat, and healthy fats.

Pros:

  • Library of approachable articles for fitness beginners
  • Supportive and nonjudgmental community

Cons:

  • Online only; no app
  • Free to join, but the Nerd Fitness Academy is for paying members only

Everyone has different goals and their own fitness style, so check out all of the above communities. With any luck, you’ll find one that clicks with you and have a powerful new source of support and information.

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