There’s no question that working out with a buddy has its benefits. Do a Google search of working out with a partner and you’ll see what I mean. But, what if that workout buddy is sabotaging your efforts? What’s better than a workout partner – but, the RIGHT workout partner.
While finding a partner can be difficult, your time is worth it. So is your commitment to your goals and your ability to achieve them – the right workout partner is invaluable! I am a triathlete who does the bulk of training on my own. Recently, a friend with a mutual drive for winning and I did a bike/swim workout together. Our strengths, weaknesses, and mutual focus were so in-tuned that it inspired me to take another look at training with a partner. It also forced me to question what I would really look for in a quality training partner. After all, finding a great workout partner is like finding a great personal trainer – here’s how:
Choose a workout partner that has the same goals that you do
This might seem obvious but, you’ve got to really get down to the details on this. It has to be more specific than, “you both want to lose weight”. For example, if you are competitive in a sport, do you want to place in your age group or simply complete the event?
Choose a workout partner that is at the same fitness level
I’ve trained clients that are at completely different fitness levels and no matter how creative I get with their workouts, someone is always left either not getting enough or being pushed too hard. The end result, someone is either left in the dust or left frustrated. You don’t want a workout partnership to turn a friendship into a fight.
Choose a partner with the same focus
This is different from having the same goal. Often, a partner might have the same goal but, their level of commitment and focus to that goal are very different from yours. Do they spend half the workout time dawdling or talking between sets? This dips into your precious, focused time…move on!
Choose someone you can compete against (a little)
By choosing a workout partner that compliments your strengths and weaknesses, you will ultimately be helping each other more. This partner pulls you where you are weak (for me in the triathlon, that would be the run – for my partner, I push her harder on the bike). A little healthy competition can only make you better. Maintain the balance or adjust to someone new.
Choose someone that you can count on and holds you accountable
They show up for training sessions, on time and ready to go – ensuring and motivating you to get yourself there as well. If your training partner is a consistent canceller, don’t waste your time.
Now you are ready to hit the ground running and find the RIGHT workout partner for you!