Exercising with a Workout Partner is Better than Doing It Alone
Most of us, no matter how disciplined, can have days when we don’t feel like working out and we give in to those feelings. If we jump back on the schedule the following day, no harm is done. It’s not hard to make up a missed day. But if we don’t, then soon one bad day becomes two, then three, then a week, then a month. This is how we fall off the wagon–one day at a time until it becomes something in the past. The bad days sneak up on us and soon crowd out our plans. Once we fall off schedule for too long, it becomes very difficult to get back into the game. That’s why one of my favorite expressions is: “If you’re tired of starting over, stop quitting!”
On the other hand, have you ever noticed that when you work out with another person, you tend to push a little harder? I don’t know if it’s the competitive nature of humans, but it happens to me all the time. As soon as another person joins me on an exercise, I will always do my best. I do more reps, my form improves, and my intensity increases. I would literally drop dead before quitting. That’s the power of having a workout partner to encourage you.
Exercise with a Workout Partner to Keep You Accountable to Your Goals
For the first year of my fitness journey, my wife was my workout partner. We kept each other motivated. When one of us just wasn’t up to it, the other would lead by pushing play with the P90X DVD. We got so good at establishing this routine that we didn’t miss a single workout for almost six months, even if it meant working out at midnight! Our success was no fluke because studies have shown that having a workout partner is a fantastic way to stay on a fitness program.
There are so many ways in which exercising with a workout partner can increase your chance of success. Here’s a few that come to mind:
- You’ll be more motivated. Don’t feel like working out after a hard day at the office? It’s easy to cancel on yourself but not so easy to cancel on another person who is counting on you. Unless you’re a selfish psychopath, no one wants to let other people down. That’s why if you have a workout partner, you’re more likely to do a planned workout. Your plans with yourself are always tentative, but plans with another person carry more significance. The great thing is that the longer you maintain your workout plans with your workout partner, the more entrenched they become–sometimes to the point where you would never consider cancelling them.
- Your workouts can be more enjoyable. Workouts can be a meaningful way to share quality time with another person. Let’s face it, pumping weights by yourself can be a real grind, but that grind is more bearable if another person is there to share the experience with you. It can even be a good time. When my wife and I worked out together, we counted that as “our time.” We used the opportunity to talk about the day, things that were happening in our family, and everything else. Exercising together made us closer because it was an hour of time when the kids knew not to interrupt. Even if you’re not married, working out is a great way to stay connected to the people in your life.
- You’ll work out harder. I know this from personal experience–whenever you’re working out with another person, the intensity is always going to be greater than when you’re alone. You don’t want to be the weak one who can’t keep up with the workout. This is true even if you don’t know the person. For instance, I can be running on the trail at a decent pace, but if I spot another person ahead of me, I would want to try to catch up and pass them, even if it means puking afterwards from the exertion.
- You’ll always have a spotter. No more having to approach a random meathead and ask him to spot you. No more having to count your own reps. If you work out at home like I do, your workout partner can ensure that you are using perfect form at all times. Perfect form, as much as intensity, is important if you want the best results. Every time I get sloppy with pushups, I straighten myself up to the memory of my wife barking, “Your back is bowing!”
- You’ll both be fitter and happier. This is what happened to my wife and me after we worked out together. We both got stronger, fitter, and consequently, more happy. I got extra perks because my wife became smoking hot from having lost all the excess weight she was carrying around after her last pregnancy. Just like you can catch bad habits from the people in your life, you can catch good ones, too. Because my wife and I went into our fitness journey together, our chances of success doubled. There was no way we could fail.
What If You Can’t Find a Workout Partner Close By?
You are still not alone, because there is such a thing as the internet. This is an amazing time in history, where relationships can be cultivated while sitting alone in front of a computer. Some of the closest friendships that I’ve developed in the past ten years have begun in this way and if I hadn’t experienced it, I wouldn’t have believed it. Can you really call someone a friend whom you’ve never seen face-to-face? Some might say no, but that person probably never truly experienced the power of social media.
Team Beachbody has a community message board where thousands of like-minded folks from all over the country come to share their fitness stories, find workout partners, and just to make new friends. Membership is FREE. The only thing you need is a desire to get fitter and a computer with internet connection. Come on in, because the water is warm. Post a question and before you know it, you’ll have ten different responses. Try it for yourself. Click here to create your FREE Team Beachbody account. Watch the video below to learn more.
New research reveals that working out with a virtual partner can improve motivation during exercise. One of the key hurdles people cite in not working out is a lack of motivation. Exercising with with a workout partner increases motivation, even if that partner is a virtual one. With a virtual workout partner, you are removing the social anxiety that some people feel about working out in public. In some ways, having a virtual partner may be even better than having a live one.
I Can Be Your Personal Workout Partner!
Send me a Facebook friend request and private message and I will become your Team Beachbody coach and workout partner. Having gone through my own transformation story and completing many of the Beachbody workout programs, I know them back to front. I also know what you’re going through. Your doubts, your concerns, and your questions. I will celebrate your success with you, and will not let you fail as long as you keep pressing play.
The Bottom Line on Workout Partners
The next best thing to a personal trainer (that can cost you thousands) is a workout partner. Besides providing extra motivation, your partner will spot you while you squeeze out those extra reps and make sure your form is solid. If you workout consistently and eat well consistently you WILL get results. But when you add the third cord to that system – the cord of accountability – not only will you see the odds of getting results climb, but you’ll feel a part of something. Something new, something good, something that will make fitness and healthy eating a lifestyle and not just a passing phase. And if you’re tempted to skip a workout, the guilt of leaving your partner in a lurch should keep you on track, big time. If you’ve ever worked out with a workout partner you don’t need scientific studies to tell you that it’s one of the most powerful motivators to help you stick to a fitness or weight loss program. That’s the magic of having workout partners, whether they may be in person or through a computer. People need people, and with another person providing motivation and accountability, you WILL cross the goal line.
Start looking for a workout partner in your life. Could be a friend, family member, or spouse. Have that person join you on your transformation journey so that the both of you can reap the benefits.
If you’re not close to another person, or you don’t feel like you’re ready to share your fitness goal with the people in your life, sign up for a Team Beachbody account and find an online workout partner.
Send me a Facebook friend request so I can help you begin your transformation journey.
Do all of the above!