Struggling to hit that final rep? Or maybe you find it difficult to drag yourself down to the gym regularly? This is where a workout buddy really comes in handy. They’re your personal hype man/woman and, whether you’ve hit a plateau or can’t even find the motivation to pull on your gym leggings, you know they’ve got your back. It’s easy to cancel your gym session with yourself. That’s why it’s important to find a workout buddy.
The perfect training partner can not only push you further than you ever thought possible, but it also does wonders for increasing your regularity in workout sessions. Be it your gym buddy, best friend or romantic partner, working out together can benefit both of you physically as well as mentally. Here’s why!
Staying accountable to your training programme or regime can be difficult when going it alone. When you plan a time and date to train with your gym buddy it reduces the chances of cancelling and missing the gym; especially on those days when you’re feeling stressed and drained from life in general. A workout buddy can keep you on the road to success, similar to a personal trainer.
A training partner is one of the best ways to push your own limits by driving one another to keep going. The psychological positives that come with training with someone makes the perfect training partner worth their weight in gold. Whether it’s putting 10kg on your squat weight or 10 extra seconds of maximum effort on the assault bike, each training session with your workout buddy will allow you to push yourself further than you could ever do on your own safely.
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of competition! When you find a suitable workout partner who shares similar goals as you, the healthy competition will encourage you both to put your best foot forward’. Having someone you know and care for, who supports you along the way will make reaching any goal more enjoyable and a truly rewarding experience.
When you have to come up with your own exercises all the time, they can start to get a little repetitive. If you and your buddy take turns picking the workout, it will change things up. You both might enjoy different types of exercise, so the variety will keep each workout from getting boring.
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When your training partner cares about your goal, they will want to see you succeed and vice versa. Whether this is training or nutrition or a combination of the two, you’ll want each other to do well and if that means supporting one another to make sensible choices when you’re eating out or catching up over a long walk instead of a slice of cake, then you know you will reach your goals much quicker than if you were going it alone.