Do you have a workout buddy!?
Why you should try a workout buddy!
Finding motivation can sometimes be the biggest barrier to achieving a consistent exercise routine. Most often when we speak about motivation, we are talking about motivation that is self-driven, meaning it comes from within. This is called internal motivation. Something that is important to note is internal motivation can come and go and can be stronger or less apparent in different areas of our lives. For example, internal motivation to do well in university and study for exams maybe very high but internal motivation to go to the gym three times a week after you have finished your lecture might be very low and a more difficult task to accomplish. Luckily motivation does not always have to come from within to result in lifestyle change. Motivation that comes from outside sources is called external motivation and can motivate us to achieve goals. When it comes to exercise, external motivation in the form of a training partner can be extremely beneficial. Having someone who knows what your goals are, potentially shares similar goals and at the end of the day wants you to be successful and happy can be a huge source of motivation. In this blog post I explore the benefits of having a training partner, and things to consider when picking a training partner to join you for your next session at the gym.
But before you rush out and grab yourself a workout buddy, there are a few things you need to know. You see, not all workout buddies are equal, so you’ve got to be picky. Which makes perfect sense. By the same token, you’re going to be their workout buddy, so be prepared to step up you game and be the best workout buddy you can be so I’m going to show you exactly what to look for in your workout partner.
What to Look For in a training partner!!!
- You like them.
A good workout buddy has to be someone you actually like. Your workout partner could be incredible in every other respect, but if you don’t actually like them as a person, you’re not going to stick to the workouts. Remember, a good workout buddy makes your workouts more fun, not less.
- Fitness role model.
Aim to get a person who is a fitness role model and has similar goals. If you’re a guy, you’ll get the biggest boost to your motivation if your workout buddy is female
- Good attitude.
Positive and friendly, solution-focused and they keep working for better results. They also need to respect your time, be dependable, and if they’re spotting you, you need to be able to trust that they’ve got your back.
- Compatible styles of motivation.
If you need a cheerleader to get motivated and they need a drill-sergeant, then it’s probably not going to work out. Make sure you share the same motivational style.
- Share similar goals.
If you want to get to 14% body fat and they want to become a yoga expert, there’s a mismatch there – you need to share similar goals to really gel. It’s also critical that your workout buddy is as committed, and ideally, more committed to the goal than you are. They also need to be someone who won’t cave in on those days where you don’t want to work out – they need to be able to call you on any excuses you make and not back down if they’re bs.
- Compatible schedules.
No-brainer. If your schedules never coincide then it’s not going to work.
- Avoid these downfalls.
You also want to make sure they don’t suffer from the following: constantly make excuses, excessively egotistical, use unhealthy shortcuts (like drugs), overly competitive, obstinate, always late, bad attitude, talk more than they work out… the list goes on and on. Which is exactly why you owe it to yourself to be picky when you choose your workout buddy.
If I was looking for a workout buddy that’s the mental checklist I’d be checking off… And remember, they should be checking the same checklist off about you, so you also need to rise to the occasion – it takes two to tango, but you’ve got to be picky, after all, a great workout buddy is worth their weight in gold.
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