Those who workout with a partner are more likely to stick with it longer than individuals who go it alone.
Over the past few years I’ve realized how much a workout buddy can affect my training. The only reason I started going to the gym regularly in university was because I had a friend to go with. Once I started running I noticed drastic changes in my pace on solo runs when compared to training with a buddy. The intensity I bring to my workouts in a group setting is much higher than on days when I go it alone. Should I go on?
If you are having a hard time finding consistency in your training or maintaining a high level of motivation, here are 5 reasons why you should find a friend to sweat with.
1. Accountability: When you have a training partner, suddenly your workouts become obligations rather than options. Knowing someone is counting on you may be all the motivation you need to get off the couch and get moving.
2. Companionship: Never underestimate the power of friendship. Having someone sweating beside you will not only make time pass faster, but it will also increase the fun factor. Try fun partner exercises or challenge each other to a race. Better yet, use your time together to catch up on the latest neighbourhood gossip.
3. Higher intensity: The competitive side in us can do wonders for stamina when there is someone else watching. No one wants to be last! Having a companion to cheer you on (or challenge you) is a great way to ensure a more intense training session.
4. Group rates: If you’ve ever considered seeking the services a personal trainer but have been wary of the cost, signing up with a friend is a budget friendly way to get one-on-one coaching. Most trainers offer reduced rates for a small group training program so be sure to inquire at your local gym or research options in your area.
5. Safety: Having someone at your side when you’re running at night or in secluded areas can create a safer environment. As well, working out with a partner at the gym can be handy if you are doing some heavier lifting and you need a spotter. No more asking random strangers to give you a hand!
What makes a great workout buddy? It’s best to find someone with similar training goals and work ethic. Someone who can pick you up on days when motivation is lacking and who can cheer you on when you find success. It’s also obvious that your schedules will need to be in sync as well for this partnership to be successful.
Kiki and I work well together since we have a similar pace and goals. If I am having an off day, she is always there pushing me to get the job done, and vice versa. She was my first running partner and I can’t imagine not having her around! I’m one lucky runner.
Who do you count on to stay in shape?