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Pros and Cons of Workout Buddies.

If he's looking for a workout buddy, I volunteer!

Is getting a workout partner a good idea? Like so many things, it depends on you, your situation and your goals.

Here are the pros:

  1. Accountability. Having a workout partner holds you to your gym schedule. You’re less likely to skip the gym if you’re planning on meeting someone there.
  2. Knowledge. Like they say, two heads are better than one. Ideally, find a workout partner that has more experience and a better understanding of fitness. You can learn from him or her, and apply any new-found knowledge to your routine. In addition, your workout buddy may be able to add some new exercises to your routine.
  3. Assistance. Having a workout buddy means you’ll have someone to spot each of your exercises. When you have a spotter, it’s easier – and safer – to push yourself to achieve higher levels of resistance or to complete additional repetitions. Moreover, your workout partner can ensure that you’re maintaining proper form.
  4. Sociability. In the same way that running on a treadmill is more enjoyable with headphones and an iPod, so too is lifting weights with another person. Having someone to talk with can make the experience substantially more enjoyable.
  5. Cheerleading. Your workout buddy can be your cheerleader, and help push you when you’re trying to get that final repetition. Having that extra kick in the butt can make a huge psychological difference.

But, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Here are the cons:

  1. Time. Unless you are aggressive in your timing, workouts tend to take longer with two people as you have an additional person completing sets and reps. A 90 minute workout might take two hours – and for some people, it’s a deal-breaker. Watch the clock.
  2. Responsibility. If your workout partner lacks commitment, you may find yourself having to push and prod him or her to get to the gym. When it’s challenging enough to motivate yourself, do you really want to be motivating someone else?
  3. Scheduled workouts. If spontaneity is your thing, having set workout dates may not be appealing. Moreover, if you’re the type of person that skips off to the gym on a whim – or sneaks in a workout when your schedule allows – you’ll probably find scheduled workouts to be yet another frustrating commitment.
  4. Sociability. While it’s great to have someone to chat with, those conversations can really cut into the workout. A 60-second rest might stretch on for a few minutes – and it all adds up to poorly managed and inefficient gym time.

Clearly, having a workout buddy isn’t for everyone. But if it is something in which you’re interested, follow some of my tips for finding one.

Have you ever had – or do you currently have – a workout buddy? What do you like about it? What do you dislike? Let me know in the comments below.

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!