Who Needs a Workout Buddy? Maybe You Do!
Posted by on July 26, 2014
Having a workout buddy is one of the best discoveries I have made since I began my fitness journey! Growing up, I didn’t enjoy being on a team - I was more of an individual. Not that I didn’t or don’t think that teamwork is important, I just worked better on my own (and I wasn’t good at sports!). After dating my now husband for three years, I decided that if he was going to be my partner in life, I would try out having him as my workout buddy as well. Little did I know that this activity would bring us closer together, as well as motivate us to live healthier lives.
Finding the Right Workout Buddy Helps You
Finding someone who is consistent, motivational, and caring to workout with you can help you reach your goals while enjoying your time together! Let’s start with consistency. I know that there are days when I feel like I just want to come home from work and lay on the couch, but those are the days when my husband most encourages me to get my full workout in. Finding a workout buddy that is not going to “fold” when the going gets tough is a must. It is also important to find a workout buddy who is able to workout at a specific time with you each day. For my husband and I, late afternoon works perfect due to our work schedules being different. Although I would prefer to workout in the mornings, this compromise lets us be together at the gym and push each other harder. Be creative! If you have a gym nearby your job, try to find someone that would workout with you on your lunch break! Also remember that you both don’t (and probably won’t be) on the same page about what you are working on at the gym, and that’s ok!
Workout Buddy Gives you Motivation
Motivation is hard for most people to find when alone, and working out alone can be quit intimidating for a lot of people! Motivation can come in many forms, so it is important to discuss with your workout buddy what works for them. Questions such as what pushes you to meet your goal or goals, what makes you feel good about your body, or even as specific as what if any phrases help to motivate you will give you a better idea of how to help your buddy out! I had an experience with a trainer once in which his form of motivation was to verbally say phrases that were almost on the negative end, which left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Believing in each other will not only boost your self-esteem, but will leave you with a positive mindset!
Knowing and Caring About Your Workout Buddy
Lastly, being caring to one another during workouts is essential to success. If you or your workout buddy do not know how to use a certain machine or are unsure of what form to have when lifting, etc., ask a representative at the gym who is willing to help or kindly help your partner. Especially in an environment where you are surrounded by lots of people, it is easy to become defensive or self-conscious if you are doing an activity incorrectly. Always put yourself in the other person's shoes, and be aware of their feelings.