How to Find a Gym Buddy and Make the Most of Your Workout
Posted byDiane Hoffmaster
The beginning of a new year often brings with it resolutions for improved health and a renewed dedication to previously abandoned workout goals. Letting diet and exercise slide over the holidays may result in a few extra pounds and a slightly snugger fit in your once-perfect skinny jeans. If you’ve ever tried sticking to a workout regimen and weren’t successful, you may want to find a gym buddy.
Working out with another person may improve your chances of maintaining a successful workout routine. But how do you go about finding a workout pal? And what happens if your gym partner’s goals and workout style don’t fit your own needs? Here are some tips to find the perfect workout buddy and make the most of your combined workout routine this year!
How to Find a Gym Buddy
- Ask your trainer. If you’re already a member of a gym, talk to your trainer or the front desk staff if they can recommend a gym buddy for you. There may be a sign-up sheet to help members connect with each other. Your personal trainer will have a good idea of your skill level and may be able to make the perfect match.
- Reach out to friends. Chances are you have a few friends who you’ve lost touch with over the year. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could combine your workout routine with reconnecting with acquaintances? Put out a message on social media or search through your email contacts and send a gym buddy request.
- Look for workout buddy apps. You may have luck finding an exercise friend by using an app. Workout buddy apps are similar to dating apps, only the goal is fitness instead of romance. WellSquad is a good example. Just fill in your profile honestly and the app will help you find the right gym partner.
Perfecting Your Routine
Working out alone is, in a way, much easier than working out with a friend. While you may not always be motivated to get it done, you aren’t going to annoy anyone while exercising alone. Want to make your new workout buddy routine a success? Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Set aside time to talk. Before you plan your first gym date, set aside time to talk about goals, workout styles, preferred types of exercises and pet peeves. Communication right off the bat will help prevent misunderstandings along the way.
- Know when to help. If your partner needs a spotter for a weightlifting set or needs someone to hold her feet down while she does sit-ups, she’ll ask. Try not to offer unsolicited help or advice to keep your relationship running smoothly.
- Show up and be on time. If you commit to being a workout buddy, be punctual and follow through with your obligations. Sure, emergencies pop up occasionally; however, every day shouldn’t be one excuse after another.
- Be encouraging. A kind word goes a long way toward improving your relationship. Be positive and leave the negativity and criticism at home.
- Do some homework. There is more to a successful workout routine than just sticking to what you two know. Do some research about new exercises, great recipes or fun ways to inspire each other. Show your friend that you’re dedicated to making your partnership a success!
According to Forbes only 8 percent of people fulfill their New Year’s resolutions.1 If you truly want to start to eat better and exercise more, you may need a little help to achieve your goals. Finding a workout buddy is a great motivation tool, and your new friend can make your journey to a healthier you tons of fun!
1Forbes, Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They Do It. Accessed December 09, 2016. http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/2/#7e22550b5410
- Posted by Diane Hoffmaster
- On February 17, 2017