Archive for the tag - motivation

How to Find a Good Workout Partner!

Workout buddies wanted.

I love working out alone. I can go at my own pace, do what I want and stay focused. But there’s something to be said for having a workout buddy. In fact, gym partners bring a lot to the table, including:

  1. Accountability. If you know that you’re scheduled to meet your workout buddy at the gym, you’re less likely to skip your workout. Exercising with a partner helps minimize missed workouts.
  2. Assistance. If you’re exercising with another person, you can always have a spot. Workout buddies can help can an eye on your form, and provide any assistance you might need. It’s convenient and adds another layer of safety to your workout.
  3. Motivation. If your gym buddy has his game face on, he can really push you to get that extra last rep or two out of your exercises. It can really make a big difference!

Are you ready to jump on the workout buddy bandwagon? Before you start searching for a partner, keep in mind that it’s best to exercise with someone that is at or above your current fitness level. Moreover, you’ll be spending a whole lot of time with this person – so make sure it’s someone that you enjoy! And lastly, ensure that this individual is punctual and committed. Getting stood up or delayed at the gym isn’t fun.

To find a workout buddy:

  • Start with your friends. Search on your Facebook, and try to identify a few fitness-oriented friends. You’ll want to exercise with someone close by; long commutes to the gym tend to be unsustainable.
  • Family members can also make good workout partners, but make sure they’re serious about their fitness commitments. I’ve exercised a number of times with my sister, and it was totally worthwhile and a great bonding experience.
  • Coworkers are another workout buddy resource. You can create standing pre or post-work workout dates at a gym near your office. Alternatively, you can exercise during your lunch hour. Ask around or circulate an office-wide email.
  • Approach someone at the gym. Maybe you’ve made a friend or two at the gym, and noticed that you’re on the same schedule. Strike up a conversation, explain your situation, and ask if they know of anyone that might be interested. You just might get a bite.
  • Ask at your gym’s front desk. Other members may have inquired, or your gym may have a network board or other resource for members to connect.
  • Use the internet. Craigslist.org, realjock.com or any number of other online communities and forums are fertile grounds for finding workout buddies. Just make your intentions to exercise clear, as some folks may be searching for a workout in the bedroom rather than the gym.

If you have any workout buddy tips – or know of any great resources for finding a gym partner – let us know in the comments below!

New Year’s Resolution Pep Talk!

A recent survey revealed that just under half of Americans made a New Year’s resolution for 2011. That’s 150 million people – and resolutions – in the United States alone. And according to the data, most of the resolutions involve exercise and/or losing weight.

We’re now a week and a half into January, and the initial New Year’s Eve-induced enthusiasm is running a little low. It’s time for a pep talk. Click below to watch the video:

When Friends & Family Stand in the Way of Fitness.

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You decide to make a huge, positive change in your life by becoming healthier through exercise and nutrition. Because your friends and family love and value you, you expect them to be supportive.

But they aren’t. Sometimes they say things about how you’ll fail – or other times they push you to cheat on your diet or skip the gym. What’s that all about? And how can you deal with it? I recorded a talky blog on the subject – check it out below (and let me know what you think in the comments):

Friday Pep Talk: Prove Yourself Right.

Time for a little pep talk.

You have a goal. You might want to lose weight. Or build muscle. Or just be healthier and more active. You probably also have a lot of support – and maybe a few critics. Funny how loud those critics can sometimes be.

Critics can take surprising forms. Parents, friends, coworkers and relatives – these people may be vocally opposed to you reaching your goals. But at the end of the day, that’s their baggage. It’s not yours. Their inability to support you and whatever changes you’re looking to create says a lot about them and nothing about you.

You don’t have time for that. And you certainly don’t have time to prove them wrong.

Come from a place of power. Rather than being motivated to prove them wrong, be motivated to prove yourself right. YOU know you can do it. You have the strength, the ability and the persistence. Prove yourself right by sticking to it. This is about you.

Go team, go!

Do Abercrombie Models Motivate You to Workout? [Poll]

What motivates you to workout? For me, it’s staying healthy and fit – and keeping my pecs perky so that people continue to watch my YouTube videos (just kidding about the last point).

But my motivation wasn’t always so pure. When I first started going to the gym regularly and intensely at age 16, I wanted to look good. I wanted to look like the hot guys in the Abercrombie ads (and masturbation fodder) that I saw at the mall. I wanted to look “hot”, too. And so I hit the gym with all my energy and might.

What I discovered surprised me: The superficial changes paled in comparison to the deeper changes that I felt. Changes like increased energy, less stress, better sleeping patterns, improved health – and so on. As I got older, these benefits kept me motivated much more than looking a certain way.

Also surprising: Even when your outward body changes, the inside doesn’t. As it turns out, looking more like an Abercrombie model doesn’t actually make you feel any better or any worthy on the inside. Food for thought.

I don’t knock people for exercising to look a certain way. After all, it’s exactly what I did. But what I do hope is that people eventually come to appreciate exercise not as a means to look a certain way, but rather as a part of a more fulfilling life.

What motivates you to exercise? Vote in the poll below: