Why You Should Get A Workout Buddy

Workout With A Buddy IMAGEDo you sometimes feel like you can’t find the motivation to workout?

And when you finally drag your butt to the gym or outside for a run, you really have to talk yourself into working out?

And even after you finally work out, you just know you could have pushed yourself harder… but you did not.

One of the best ways to get your workout mojo back is to get yourself a workout buddy.

Involving your friends will make your sessions feel more like a fun social activity and less like a chore. You will work harder, nothing like healthy and friendly competition.

Before you think getting a workout buddy will solve all problems, here are some tips to make sure you get desired results from:

  • Pick someone who is READY to put in the work and will push you

    Someone who is ready to work hard and will push you when you’re having an off day. If you can, pick someone who is even more motivated than you. It helps if you’re of similar fitness and strength abilities, especially when your set needs spotting.
    I don’t mean to be harsh but don’t waste your time with someone who will drag you down (like most things in life).
    It’s okay to try to motivate a friend who is ready to try and needs that extra push but you need to make the right call.

  • Set measurable and achievable goals, be each other’s accountability partner

    To run a 5k in under 35 minutes, sign up for a race and work towards reaching your goal by race day.
    To gain lean muscle, follow a structured plan to help achieve this. Check your progress every 2 weeks.
    To lose fat, follow guides and plans provided by professionals and keep each other on track. Progress checks are a must to keep you motivated.

  • Don’t Waste Time Chatting!

    Trust me, I’ve been guilty of this and this is why I can confidently advise you on this. I’ve had 1 hour sessions end up taking over 2 hours because we kept talking and talking and talking.
    Your workout buddy is usually someone who you get along with, working out together will make you even closer. So, it’s only normal that you’ll want to catch up on each other’s lives and any gossip ;)
    My tip on this – Make your sessions as intense as needed, stick to rest periods and then have a meal together post workout. It’s okay to sneak in a chat once in a while during rest periods but don’t make this a habit and make sure you’re not distracted and end up extending your rest periods.
    Avoid – chatting in the middle of a set, this can distract you from proper form and is unsafe. The ‘gist’ can’t be THAT serious to risk injury!

Do you have a workout buddy? Are you helping each other or are you guilty of not doing one of the above mentioned?

I can’t wait to get back to my normal sessions with my workout buddy :)


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