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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!