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Pros and Cons to Finding a Workout Buddy

Mar 24, 2008
Finding a workout buddy may be difficult, but not impossible. There are many different places and options for you to find your workout partner.

Look for family members or friends who wish to workout more. Someone who lives with you or a neighbor might be easy to schedule with for an evening run.

Maybe you have some co-workers who would like to get into shape. You and your partner can workout before work, during a long lunch break, or after work. Maybe there is a facility right within your place of work to make it easier for the two of you to meet.

Another option is visit your local gym and meet new people. You might find someone else who likes to run, swim or bike that you can meet with a few times a week.

If finding a buddy seems to be too difficult, at least have a friend who you talk to you on the phone or Internet act as your motivator. Your friend can ask you each day if you worked out. If you say no, you'll feel some guilt and be more likely to go out and bench press or run that mile.

Having a workout buddy has its ups and downs. It depends on your workout routine and your personality whether one would be beneficial or not.

Here are some pros and cons to having a workout buddy:

Pros
- Motivate and push you
- Spotter for weight lifting
- Can help with maintaining proper form
- More likely to stick with your workout program
- Can learn new tricks and exercises from your partner - Challenge each other to run five minutes longer or to do two more reps
- You might be more likely to sign up for a fitness class if you have a buddy
- You are more likely to workout when you have to meet someone at the gym

Cons

- A buddy could slow you down
- You and your buddy may not have the same fitness goals
- Your buddy may not be dependable and show up to the gym
- Your workout time may be your alone time to let out frustrations
- You might prefer working out alone rather than with someone else
- Working out with another person may cause more distractions to your
- You would have to keep to a stricter schedule than if you exercised alone

Workout buddies are not for everyone. You need to figure what your workout style is and what you need to achieve your goals. When looking for a workout buddy, find one you can depend on and has similar goals. Search for a like-minded person. The right workout buddy for you can make exercising more enjoyable and beneficial.
About the Author
Michael Greeves, CEO and founder of Hyperstrike, wanted to develop an affordable fitness program for individuals and athletes that could be customized to their personal abilities and goals, and be delivered to any one, any where, any time. Learn more about HyperStrike workout programs.
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