If you have ever felt like there is no way you can possibly push yourself to get through that tough workout, or you’ve not been able to do that last rep because of the fear of dropping the weight on yourself, then it may be time to find someone reliable to work out with. You should know that you are not alone, and many people workout better when they have a buddy to help keep them pumped up and motivated. Lava magazine tells us,
People love to have someone to workout with, and frankly, it comes with a ton of benefits. A workout partner instantly transforms an activity that some people may dislike, into something quite a lot more enjoyable.
Choosing a partner does not have to be a daunting task, and the fantastic thing about a workout partner is that they don’t have to be the same age, sex, weight, or athletic ability as you to help you get great benefits. Motivation can come from anyone, and here is a list of a few things to look for when choosing a gym buddy.
You will certainly want to pick someone that is reliable, and who will be there regularly to push and motivate you. Find a person that shows up on time, most every time. You don’t want a person who will show up at 12:15 or 12:20 when you guys were planning to meet at noon. Your partner should be prompt and ready to workout at scheduled meeting times, and you also want to find someone who goes to the gym regularly without taking long absences from working out. If you have a great friend, but they need lots of time off for work, or a busy schedule, they might not be the best person for the job.
You will also want to be able to 100% trust the person that you pick, and have faith that they will be able to help if you need assistance. They should be trustworthy enough to help you push your limits, and also help keep you safe.
An article from ‘Self’ that was featured at fitsugar.com says,
We as human beings like to compete with one another. Try finding a workout partner who is just a little fitter, just a little stronger than you are. By trying to keep up with them, you will challenge yourself in ways that you cannot do alone.
You don’t want to pick someone who is just tagging along to keep you company and help out in an emergency, but also someone who can keep you motivated to become a better you. Your partner should help you get pumped up and should make you want to push harder each and every workout.
You should make sure that your potential partner is knowledgeable in the correct ways to spot you safely. This is important for not only your safety, but theirs as well. Having some background in training can be a great benefit, and that way you can assure they won’t be holding you back. If both you and your training partner are knowledgeable, you will have no problem changing up workouts every couple weeks to shock the muscles into new growth.
You might feel like you need someone that has the same goals as you, but that isn’t always the case. A person that is bulking and someone who is cutting can be doing the same exercises, but there might be some variation on the weights. As long as your partner is providing you with plenty of motivation, what they are trying to accomplish out of their workout will not affect you.