Friends or No Friends? I’ve heard it said many times that it’s a good idea to have a workout buddy. I’m pretty much a loner or maybe a better word is independent. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends, but there are some things I simply prefer to do on my own. When I started this journey, working out was one of them. Today, I have a few friends I enjoy going to the gym with.
I believe that my level of effort is directly tied to my level of commitment and commitment and dedication to fitness is very personal and I cannot get from someone else.
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~ unknown
So what do I look for in a workout partner? Most important…someone who challenges me. What do I mean by this? If I’m doing cardio with a friend it’s great if they workout at the same level of intensity or greater. Someone who is reliable, if they say they are going to meet me they show up. There’s nothing more motivating than knowing someone will be waiting for me at the gym and there’s nothing more frustrating when they no-show. Someone I like being around, they are good company and help make the time go by fast. Someone who is committed, they bring it, don’t quit early and may even put in an extra 15 minutes.
Classes are a great time to have a buddy at the gym. I’ve got a couple of gals that I meet for yoga and spin class. It’s nice to have friends that share my interest in classes. It’s also great when you are trying a new class, especially if one of your friends has already taken the class, so they can give you tips.
So…friend or no friend at the gym is a personal choice. If your level of commitment is wavering making a plan to workout with a friend may be just what you need to get you there. If you are fully committed, friend or not, I recommend being thoughtful of who you choose as your workout buddy. If you don’t have friends (kidding) or just none that are interested in working out? That’s okay…try the classes you might make a new friend or two.
I did google this subject and I found two articles that may be helpful one titled: How to Pick a Good Workout Partner on eHow and the second titled: Choosing a Workout Buddy on Wellsphere.com. Simply click on the article title if you’d like to read either article for more ideas on picking a workout partner.