No one does it alone. The fastest way to get to your goals. And not face endless setbacks trials and failures. Is to get a training partner. Having a partner will make working out an event you look forward to, instead of individual drudgery. If you are having fun, you’re going to workout harder and longer. You’ll find yourself energized and motivated by being with someone else who is committed to getting into shape and/or losing weight, just like you.
You do have to be careful what kind of partner you choose, however, or you might find out you are playing babysitter and trainer more than equal partner. Here are some tips to make sure you choose the best workout partner for you.
- Make sure you have similar goals. If you need to lose weight, but your partner wants to bulk up, you aren’t going to be able to train together and motivate each other. Chances are you’ll spend most of your time at opposite ends of the gym, so make sure you both you’re both on the same page goal wise.
- Make sure you have similar commitment levels. This is where the rubber meets the road. A partner that doesn’t show up is worse than no partner at all. Their lack of commitment hurts your progress. Whether you recognize it consciously or unconsciously. Ditch an uncommitted partner like a bad habit. Fickleness and flakiness have no place in your life. Get rid of leaches.
- Your schedules are the same. Obviously, if you can only work out in the morning, but your would be partner goes in at 5:30 am, its not going to work. Training time is training time.
- You agree to motivate each other in a positive way. You have to keep each other accountable, but having someone that is going to go negative on you is a bad idea. They should be able to in a motivating manner remind you of what you need to do and keep you on track.
- You are at similar fitness levels and can work out at similar intensities. A slight difference can be motivating, but if your partner is in fantastic shape and you are just starting out, you are going to feel defeated pretty quickly. Conversely, if you are in better shape than your partner, you are going to feel like they are slowing you down. Make sure that you can keep up with each other, but are able to give each other little nudges to keep going.
Bottom line. The right training partner can make all the difference in the world. With the right partner. You’ll be more consistent than ever. Train harder and have more fun while getting better results than you ever could alone.