A workout partner can make or break your workout. A good workout partner will hold you accountable to your routine and keep you motivated toward fitness success.
Based on my experience, a bad gym partner, however, can hinder your success at the gym.
Before you commit to a workout partner, make sure the individual has the following four characteristics:
When you choose to workout with another person, you should expect that person to respect your time and be a reliable gym partner.
If your gym partner is running late to every workout session or just doesn’t show up, it can throw off your whole workout routine.
A gym partner should be able to be at the gym on time and ready to go. You should be, too.
Respect your gym partner’s time so they respect yours. A routine schedule that you both can stick to is a great place to start.
Your gym partner should be motivated to achieve fitness success. Your workout partner should want to be at the gym, want to get stronger.
This kind of motivation is contagious. It will help keep you motivated and working toward your goals.
If you are both motivated as individuals, together you will be inspired toward workout success every time you both hit the gym.
A gym partner should also be motivating. Some days, you just might not want to be there. You might be sore or feeling lazy. A great gym partner will help push you through your off day and get you feeling energized by the end of the routine.
You should also be your partner’s motivator if he is having an off day.
Make sure you both understand the best way to motivate each other. Some people prefer a challenge whilst others prefer praise! Make sure you know what works best for each other.
3- Similar Goals
A gym partner should also have a similar set of goals.
If you want to do cardio and aerobics, but your gym partner wants to build up muscle, you will have issues creating workout plans that fit both of your goals.
Find a partner who is interested in the same long-term goals as you.
Similar fitness level can also be beneficial, but isn’t necessary as each aspect of exercise can be modified to each fitness level.
Find a gym partner who wants to participate in the preparation of the workout.
If you are the one doing all the planning and organizing of a routine, it can become an exhausting job.
Pick a gym partner who wants to help create the workout routine, research new exercises, and contribute information for a successful workout regimen.
Having had the luxury of having great gym partners, I am grateful for having the opportunity to experience the synergy between 2 like minded people.
Having a gym partner can greatly improve the experience. I would like to thank all workout partners who have helped me along the way.
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About the author:
Wilfred Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, PT & Weight Loss Consultant with a passion for helping people actualize their health & fitness goals. He is also a content writer for Forbes, Medical Daily & The Independent UK.