Our guest this episode is Justin Reis. He’s been in the fitness industry for 10 years and is the co-creator of AMP, one of the signature indoor cycling formats at Life Time. He’s passionate about building communities both inside and outside of the fitness space.
Reis talks about what community means to him.
Reis has firsthand experience building a community through the AMP cycle class he co-created. He discusses that experience and how the opportunity came about for him.
Social media has introduced a new challenge with how we communicate within communities.
Building a community often starts with creating meaningful connections. Many times, in order to connect with others, we first need to feel comfortable with being authentically ourselves.
It can be challenging to not compare ourselves to others, especially with the superficiality that exists on social media. But self-identity is really important.
Something that’s made a big impact in Reis’s life is asking for feedback. It’s easy to react in situations, but gathering feedback can help you better respond.
Reis and Life Time Talks co-host David Freeman discuss their experiences with being bullied on social media.
There will always be critics, but ideally, the core of your community includes people you feel supported by and connected with.
How Reis facilitates a sense of inclusivity, helping to make people feel welcome and that they belong.
Reis talks about the other communities he’s involved in outside of Life Time, including being a Lululemon ambassador and an ambassador for a local Twin Cities greenhouse.
In 2015, Reis lost his partner to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He discusses how that inspired him to create a meaningful moment of connection — which he refers to as a dedication — in his cycling classes.
The one non-negotiable healthy-living habit that Reis incorporates into his daily life.