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!

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Comments

  1. I found this very useful Davey. My boyfriend is too bummy to get up and get out to a gym with me and I really want my 16 year old figure back lol. I was cut and ripped back then and even girls wanted me to be with them but of course I’m gay so that doesn’t work out lol. Well anyways I’m now 19 nearly 20 and 186 lbs. of barely any muscle. I’m not “fat” per say but I’m definitely not as toned as I want to be.

  2. I should make a strong note here, and I’m speaking for experience haha.
    Having a workout partner is great, but don’t make their presence a necessity to working out. If your partner get sick or otherwise doesn’t go to the gym, you need to motivate yourself and go anyway.

    Many many years ago, I began working out with a partner. My partner one day just didn’t feel like going, so I skipped the gym with him. One day led to two, which led, eventually to not going any more at all.
    Don’t fall into the same trap that I did. I’m fully self motivated now btw 🙂

    • I had the same problem. His lack of attendance caused mine to dip as well. Finally I had to cut him off.

  3. Great topic . I’m starting to see that I need a gb after startingschool my motivation for the gym lacks, not cool for a fatty like me, but the thing is I really like working out alone I’m too chatty for a work out partner. Nonetheless … Let’s do it!!!

    Thnkx dw!!!!

  4. Kinda sounds like it would be hard not to be thought of as trying a pick-up line approaching someone at the gym. What about that?

    • It depends on your approach Charley. I wouldn’t just walk up to a stranger in the gym and say “Hey, wanna be my work out buddy?” But when I see the same people in there every day, eventually they become familiar faces, and I’ll eventually introduce myself to them. I’ll talk with them off and on over time. I haven’t really ever felt like I would want to ask one of them to be my workout partner, but I ask them to spot me from time to time and they ask me too. That’s how it starts. Just need to start small.

  5. Hey, WannaBuddy.com is specifically designed to find local buddies for exercise and healthy activities. *NOT* a dating site, but a great way to find new people near you who share your passion for an active lifestyle. Plus they have a huge database of gyms and running trails with a zipcode search feature.

    Check out WannaBuddy.com. You can find a workout buddy there.

  6. Steve Nestev says:

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