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December 25, 2023

Pros And Cons Of Working Out With A Partner

Posted In: Fitness, Mindset

It’s not always easy to motivate yourself to go to the gym, which is one reason working out with a partner is a benefit. Other benefits make having a workout buddy seem like the answer, but it’s not always the case. There’s a negative side to it. Having a workout partner has its pros and cons just as everything does. Looking at both sides can help you discover whether it’s right for you.

Partners hold you accountable for showing up and working your hardest.

If you workout alone, skipping a session can be pretty enticing sometimes. A workout partner holds you accountable for going to the gym. They also hold you accountable for working your hardest and sticking with the program in the gym. That sounds pretty good, but what happens if the person holding you accountable is less accountable than you? You have to do the heavy lifting to keep the partnership working out and it can be pretty cumbersome. Choose a workout partner wisely. If you’re both equally motivated, the chances of both of you wanting to goof off at the same time are far less.

A workout partner can create friendly competition.

If you’re competitive, look for a partner with an equal edge. It can make each session a challenge, which can be fun. The more fun you have, the more likely you’ll be to exercise. If your partner wants to give up at the first challenge and you’re competitive, it can make each workout miserable. You must listen to them as they whine and moan at each challenge. It’s enough to make you want to quit, which you’ll probably do.

Having a workout buddy makes the workout safer.

A workout partner can be your spotter when you lift weights. You need a spotter for safety’s sake. They can observe your form and help make corrections. Doing an exercise wrong can cause injury or minimize the benefits. A workout buddy as a running partner can be vital. If there’s an emergency or you have a fall, your partner is there to help. If you run after dark, you’re far safer when there are two of you rather than if you’re alone.

  • Just having someone check your progress by phone or Skype can be a benefit. One study found that when someone called a person once a week to check progress, it increased the chance of continuing by 78%.
  • If your workout partner is part of your social life, you can switch your fun from unhealthy options to healthier ones. Going to the gym instead of stopping at a bar for drinks that are packed on the pounds is a healthier option that can be as much fun.
  • Everyone needs confirmation that they’re doing well. A workout partner can provide accolades when you’ve conquered a tough goal or managed one more set.
  • Workout partners can provide incentives to try new exercises and workout techniques. The best workout partner can be a personal trainer. He is always there and ready to work. He shows you new exercises and the right way to do them.

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