If you’re struggling with your motivation, or you simply want to squeeze more out of every workout you do, then one of the smartest moves you can make is to get a workout buddy. In fact, having the right workout buddy can often be the difference between failure and success, mediocre results and incredible results. Even if you find you work better on your own, the right workout partner can force you to tap into those extra reserves of strength and energy so that you push through a few extra reps.
Once you’ve arranged to work out together you’re less likely to skip the workout as you won’t want to let your friend down. It’s far easier to change your mind if it’s just you. Plus, when you get to the gym you’ll spur each other on when the going gets tough and push yourself harder as no one wants to be the first one to stop!
Working Out Becomes Fun
You can get a serious workout, without being serious – it’s okay to have fun. In fact, the more fun your workouts are, the more you’re going to look forward to and be committed to them over the long-term. There’s absolutely no doubt that the right workout buddy can make your workouts more fun. Working out alone can be lonely, so just having that social contact – being able to laugh, encourage and motivate – will make them much more enjoyable.
Easier to Try New Workouts
Like they say: there’s power in numbers. When you’ve got someone else with you it’s much less intimidating to start using the gym, going to new classes, hitting the free weights or just trying out new exercise equipment (e.g. kettlebells). So if you’ve always fancied doing a Crossfit class, or trying out yoga or strength training, get a buddy on board.
Keeps your Form on Point
In a perfect world, your workout buddy would be a personal trainer with years of experience, who could show you the perfect form for your exercises. However, if your workout buddy has even a little experience, they should be able to help correct any obvious form mistakes. Remember, it’s still important to get a trainer to make sure that you have good form, especially when you start doing new exercises.
Like we said at the start, curiosity leads to friendly competitiveness when it comes to fitness. Bring a friend to the gym and before long you’ll be pushing each other to perform that extra rep, select a bigger weight, and, quite possibly, go the extra mile as you compete against each other.
Motivates and Supports you
For most people, having someone in your corner makes a huge difference to how motivated you are. Having a good workout buddy, who motivates and supports you will boost your commitment to your fitness goals and your confidence that you can achieve them.
Keeps your Ego in Check
When people start getting good results from their workouts, a little ego can creep in from time to time. A good workout partner recognizes that you’re proud of your achievements and confident with what you’ve got, and at the same time keeps you grounded by constantly pushing you to do better.
Makes your Workouts Safer
Having someone to spot you when you do squats or bench press, makes working out much safer. In addition, when you go for a jog at night having someone to buddy up with also makes it safer than running alone.
Brings Variety to your Workouts.
Your workout buddy has different skills and knowledge than you do – you can benefit from this by the different exercises they introduce you to, the correct form, new workouts and different ways of being active. Variety is one of the key components of fun, so you’re much more likely to stick to your workouts when you can do new things.
Increases Commitment Massively.
It’s one thing bailing on your own workout, but it’s much, much harder to ditch a workout when you know you’re going to be letting your workout buddy down – not to mention the heat you’re going to get when you see them again. In addition to this, having a workout partner means you have to plan your workouts in advance to meet each other’s schedules, and once it’s down on paper and scheduled, it’s much more likely that you’re going to follow through with it.
Those are a few simple benefits of getting yourself a workout partner, and if you took a moment, you could probably come up with a handful more. The point is: having a good workout buddy is going to propel you much further towards your fitness goals, faster than if you go it alone.
So here at FitFlick, we’re aiming to bring a whole new social fitness app to iOS and Android. If you want to find a workout buddy, a golf partner, a surfing buddy, a walking or jogging companion or even find a personal trainer or Zumba studio near you, FitFlick is a new app launching soon that will help you do these things. We’re aiming to connect like-minded people in and around the same location.
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