There are two kinds of people when it comes to working out. Those who prefer to go it alone and those who need to have someone by their side who share similar fitness goals. Do you know which kind of person you are?
For some people it is downright essential to have a workout partner if you’re the kind of person that needs that little extra push to start your workout routine.
A workout partner can be just what you need to jump start your routine and get on the right track. There is one major reason why having a workout partner can become the superhero to your workout routine and save the day. Many people actually find working out more enjoyable when doing an exercise routine together rather than by themselves.
This is a big deal for those people and can increase motivation which drives both people to workout harder and on a consistent basis which is what we want for results.
The Power of Having a Workout Partner
I want to share with you a true story that emphasizes the power having a good workout partner can have on your fitness goals. This story occurred a couple of years ago.
I was walking from my car into the gym. It was looking to be like one of my typical gym visits. I got in and quickly hopped on the treadmill to do a quick warm up to the start of my workout. Here I was about halfway through my cardio warm up when I saw something truly inspirational.
There was a couple who came into the gym and went to the workout bikes; now this couple wasn’t the typical kind of couple I was used to seeing in the gym atmosphere; they both were dangerously overweight health-wise, yet were determined to turn that around.
Side note: Any time I see someone who is by medical terms, ‘morbidly obese’ at the gym, I have the utmost respect for them. It is because I know they’ve had to deal with a hell of a struggle at some point caused by their excessive weight and they had the courage to get down to the gym to do something about it to take back control of their life.
Now what drew my attention to this couple was the synergy they both possessed. They both had a fire in their eyes that I rarely see and I realized something that day as I was jogging on the treadmill; they both pushed each other to new levels they might not otherwise had achieved by themselves. In other words, they became each other’s motivation.
While they were on those bike machines, they pushed each other to go further until they reached their goal. When they got off the bike machines they told each other they did a great job for reaching their goals. You could see the hard work and determination they had because their partner constantly pushed them when they wanted to give up. They effortlessly gave each other the motivation needed to do incredible things and I had the privilege to witness it.
It was that day that I discovered just how powerful having a workout partner really could be.
That’s Great and All, but Where Do I Find a Workout Partner of My Own?
So the idea of having a workout partner interests you, but you don’t know where to find one? You may be in a spot where you don’t know anyone that shares similar fitness goals.
Remember, you are not alone which means there are people all around you that are looking for someone to work out with to reap the benefits that having a good workout partner provides.
Don’t be afraid to ask around! You’ll be surprised at how many people you may know that share similar fitness goals as you.
Some areas you can look around are:
- Work – Ask around at work and find out if people are trying to do similar fitness goals. If they are then suggest you team up to help each other out. If no one is, then I guarantee you that if you start working out and showing visible results you will spark someone else to want to get in better shape and they are more likely to gravitate towards working out with you in hope to share similar success.
- Gym – There are plenty of people working out at the gym alone each day. Don’t be afraid to go up to someone and strike up a conversation from time to time and bring up the topic. Remember, you all are there with the same common goal, to get in better shape. What better way to find a workout partner than someone who has similar priorities and goes to the same gym as you?
- Fitness Groups – Check your local gym or town for fitness groups that either work out together or provide fitness classes. Some local gyms may have people just like you looking to work out with other people. Ask around and find out. If there isn’t one around you then consider starting one of your own. People are always looking for a good workout buddy, but most people are afraid to take that first step towards finding one.
- Friend and Family – Letting friends and family know you are planning on getting back in shape can be great to help build up a support system. You can however, take it one step further and suggest you go at it together. Maybe someone will take you up on your offer.
Your Imagination is the Only Thing Holding You Back
Be creative when trying to find a workout buddy. There are many people just like you who are hesitant to take that first step in finding someone to work out with. Don’t live life with regrets.
After all, what’s the worst that can happen?
Have you ever tried working out with a workout partner on a regular basis? Did it help or hinder your results? Comment below!