There are many benefits to tackling your fitness goals with a partner. It’s common for people to lose interest or become bored when working out alone. Finding a workout partner that is around your fitness level can not only help add some fun to your exercise and give you quality fitness time with another person, but it will also give you another way to challenge and push yourself through the workout.
When considering who to ask to be your workout partner there are a few things to consider. First try finding someone that you know you are comfortable with. It should be someone that you don’t mind seeing you struggle and will help to keep you going through tough times during your workout. That doesn’t mean your partner has to be the type that screams in your face as you try to complete the last couple of repetitions during a set. Or someone who’s going to slap you across the face before you start an exercise to peak your adrenaline level, although some extreme people do prefer this.
Be aware that you’ll probably want to stay away from people who are going to talk your ear off the whole workout. Yes it’s great to have someone there to help maintain the tempo and motivation, but the last thing you need is someone that’s going to slow you down with endless stories which have nothing to do with fitness. Most people have very limited time to exercise, so you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your time and not allow it to turn into social hour.
A workout partner really only needs to be there for support. Whether it’s helping you maintain the proper technique throughout an exercise by spotting, or even going through the whole workout with you. Sometimes just knowing that you have someone there to experience everything you’re going through makes the difference between pushing through adversity and quitting.