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Building Your Sweat Sister Circle: How to Create Lifetime Friendships

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Finding a group of girls to hype you up on the dance floor, tell you the truth about your outfit, and crack jokes 24/7 isn’t always easy to find and you may find it a little intimidating. But taking steps to understand people for who they are will allow you to find true friends, and before you know it you'll see your Sweat Sister circle begin to form. Here are four ways to build your sweatsister circle and make those friendships last:

Take Your Time

Deep breaths. It’s ok if you haven’t quite found your group of friends or bestie yet. The key is to stay open and not compare your friendships to those of others.

Create Diversity

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and befriend people who aren’t the same as you. With a diverse group of friends comes a variety of experiences, energies, and outlooks. You never know, the eclectic girl that sits next to you in class could be your new best friend.

Don’t Force It

You might have friends that are hard to hang out with one-on-one, and that's ok. Finding out which friends you enjoy one-on-one versus a group setting is a learning process that will direct you to your possible BFF and core group of friends.

Gym Rats Turned Besties

You can quickly start to build your Sweat Sister circle by engaging with people who have similar interests. Put yourself out there. If you see another Sweat Sister working hard at the gym don't be afraid to introduce yourself! It's easy to feel like you’re being judged at the gym, but working out with someone just as motivated by your side will push you to accomplish your own fitness goals. Watch the video below to find out how MegSquats found her "strong strong" friends:

It takes time to know that you have the right group of girls surrounding you. Because let's face it, as you grow and change your friendships will too. So the next time you take a HIIT class introduce yourself to the girl killing it next to you, and speak to someone new in class each week. Tell us how you plan to build your Sweat Sister circle in the comments below!

Elon Graves is an 18-year-old with eager plans to change the world. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University with a major in journalism focus in PR and minor in Spanish. Elon has worked for Pretty Girls Sweat as both a Teen Diaries Writer and Social Media/Editorial Intern. Along with writing, Elon takes up a passion for the arts through dance. She is also a member of Next Generation Service Corps, a rigorous program that develops students to be leaders in all sectors of business. The artistic writer and dancer has plans to use her platform to bring more opportunities to young people in the future.