I’ve had a few gym buddies over the years. No matter who it was, what their own goals were, or how similar (or different) our exercise styles were, I always had a better and more consistent workout when partnered up with someone. These days, I’m working around my schedule, my husband’s schedule, and our daughter’s schedule to squeeze in gym time. And most of my friends are in the same boat. So I’m on the hunt for a good workout partner once again. Because whether I’m hitting the gym, going for a run, or taking my bike around the trails, it’s always more enjoyable with company. Here’s a few reasons why…
A built in motivator
Who needs to spend the money on a personal trainer when your workout partner doubles as one? A great gym buddy isn’t just there to workout alongside you, but to help motivate and support you as well. Make sure you return the favour by offering a few encouraging words of you own.
I always run a little bit faster, lift a little bit heavier, or hold that yoga pose a little bit longer when there’s someone else watching. And that’s a good thing! When working out with a partner, or as a team, you’re more likely to push yourself and reach those fitness goals a little bit faster.
Easier to try new things
Afraid to try out that intimidating machine at the gym you’re not quite sure is for legs or for arms? Nervous to go to that new and trendy barre class alone? Enter, your workout partner! It’s a saying for a reason, there is serious safety in numbers. It’s always a little less scary trying something new when you’ve got a friend by your side.
You’ll always have a built in spotter and someone to keep your form in check. And if you’re like me and you like to run, hike, and bike the trails, it’s definitely a good idea to have a buddy along for the ride.
Cancelling on myself? Easy! Cancelling on a friend? Not so much. When you know there’s someone else waiting for you at the gym, or counting on you to show up for that aquafit class you signed up for together, you’re way more likely to actually do it.
It’s more fun
Exercise can be fun. I swear! And working out with a partner, or a group of people, is almost always more enjoyable. Of course, the more fun you’re having, the more likely you are to keep at it. And before you know it, working out will just be another way to spend time with a friend.
So… who wants to join me for a run? : )