Do you need a fitness buddy?


You have the best intentions! You joined a local gym and outlined which fitness classes you plan to attend. Or perhaps you created a home gym and planned out your workout routines for the week. You’ve gone to bed at a reasonable hour and settled into a nice deep sleep. And then it happens, the alarm goes off early in the morning and you just can’t seem to pull yourself out of bed. Instead, you reach your hand over to shut the alarm off, and then roll back over hoping to pick up your dream where you left off. Maybe you will work out later after work. Or, better yet, tomorrow. Sound familiar?

Now let’s look at this scenario a little differently. Your alarm goes off for your morning workout. You reach over to shut off the alarm and notice that you have a text message from your buddy. She’s already left the house and will meet you at the gym. You know you have to go now. Otherwise, she will give you a hard time and you’ll never hear the end of it. So you slip into your workout gear and head out the door. You arrive at the gym and your friend is there full of energy! The class is tough, but you feel great. No regrets! You are so glad you went. In fact, you always feel this way. You just need a little nudge to get you going. Having a fitness buddy has become a great solution for you.

Do you need a fitness buddy? They can be incredibly beneficial in all aspects of your fitness routine.

  • Weight training: If you need a spot, your buddy is there.
  • Cardio or bodyweight training: They can provide that little push for you to go faster or longer
  • There’s also nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition!

Sold? Great! But where to look for a workout partner? Not everyone has the benefit of a spouse, family member or friend who is not only nearby, but also has the ability to commit to a workout schedule that works for the both of you. Here are some possible resources:

  • Canvas your social media connections and groups
  • Reach out to a friend of a friend
  • If you belong to a gym, see if there is a bulletin board where you can post requests.
  • Take some fitness classes. You may find some interested parties who enjoy working out together.
  • Visit fitness web sites to check the message boards and forums for workout partners.

Once you find a fitness buddy, keep your commitments so you’ll both reap the benefits.

– Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!

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Copyright 2016 Nichole Michele