Some people love to work out with friends. Some people prefer to work out on their own. I definitely lean more towards working out with friends although sometimes it is nice to go to the gym by myself and do my own thing. No matter which you prefer, a gym buddy can be very beneficial.
A gym buddy can push you to work harder, help you mix up your workout, provide some entertainment, and best of all get you to the gym.
A few weeks ago, my roommate mentioned she was considering going to the gym before work in the morning. She was pretty much failing at getting to the gym in the evenings. I have been going to the gym in the morning for years, but I haven’t been as committed as I should be. Her comment about going before work was the push I needed. We decided to leave for the gym the next week at 4:55 am. Luckily we live really close to the gym so we can drive, get a quick workout, and be home in time to get ready for the day. So far we’re 2 weeks in, and we haven’t missed a day yet.
We are totally each other’s gym buddy, but we don’t even actually work out together. We arrive, go do our own thing, and meet in the front when the time is up. Knowing someone is waiting for me in the morning gets me out of bed. It is the motivation I need to get the consistency back.
A gym buddy doesn’t have to be someone that sticks by your side the whole time, but it can be. There have been other times when I have a gym buddy I go to classes with, lift weights with, and do cardio together. I actually work out much harder when I am with a friend. Maybe I get distracted and push myself harder or maybe I get a little competitive. Either way, my fitness improves.
Do you work out on your own or with a friend? What are your thoughts on gym buddies?