Most of us have done it—started a workout regimen with a friend. Ideally it goes great. You and your workout partner start on the same date, meet up at your designated workout spots on time, and you reach your personal fitness goals together! That’s ideal, right? But what happens when the ideal meets reality?
When soliciting a workout partner consider these things:
1. First and foremost know your personal goal. If your goal is to add 10 pounds of muscle, and your workout partner has a goal to loose 30 pounds you’re going to have to find a way to train together as you try to meet your individual goals. In a case like this you may need to act as coaches for one another. The partner who has a goal to gain may have to count reps, and change the speed on the treadmill for the partner who wishes to lose weight. The partner who wishes to lose weight may have to act as a spotter for the partner who wants to gain mass. When workout partners have different goals the key is consideration.
2. The second thing to consider is the ebb and flow of life. Some days your workout partner will have a really great day, and they’ll be full of energy; and on other days they may not be feeling so great. They may be low on energy or they might not show up for the session at all. What do you do? Let’s take the first scenario—one partner is energetic and the other is not feeling so hot. Keep your energy high and stick to the workout plan! Try not to give your partners temporary funky mood to much energy, because then neither of you will get a great work out, and the funk of the mood may spread causing the both of you to get off your workout plan. In a matter of consideration, AFTER the workout is done you can ask your partner about his/her mood over a healthy salad or protein shake. More than likely, after a great workout the funk of the mood would have dissipated altogether. If it hasn’t it’ll definitely be lighter. More importantly, both of you stuck to the plan.
3.The third thing to consider when soliciting a work out buddy is fitness levels. If you’ve got 10 half marathons under your belt and your workout partner is running his/her first 5k, then understand that you can still workout together, but the workout may not be as challenging for you. The positive aspect to this “unlikely” combination is that you’ll be helping your friend rev up his/her fitness level, and if it’s your pal you’ll probably feel really good about doing it!
Here are some of the reasons I like working out with my fitness buddies:
1. Friendly competition: You’re not going to let your buddy show you up in the weight room or on the track! Trying to keep up, and pump out those extra reps in the weight room will only help you reach your goal faster!
2. Positive Energy: More than likely you are going to chose people to work out with you that are your friends, and getting your goals accomplished together will definitely create more positive energy between the two of you.
3. Emotional Health: Having a partner to workout with who you share positive energy with is great feel good energy, which is why you don’t want to bring your funk to the session! If anything take out whatever you’re going through on the weights or the punching bag!
4. Accountability: Having a great workout partner is almost like having a coach! Reporting and marking progress together will keep you on track, and staying on track means reaching your goal!
5. Spotter: If you stick to your regimen then you WILL make progress, and progress often means taking on a heavier load. Having a spotter/workout partner there to do so when you advance in weight is smart and safe! As always I’m wishing you success in your fitness goals and your life goals! Blessings! Nadira A. Shakir