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Fitness friends make the best friends! So many people are looking for their swolemate, or looking for couple exercises, couple workouts, or couple fitness. Why not find a workout buddy that can be your best friend? A workout buddy/fitness friend can be the motivation you need to work out and help you reach your goals!

Some of the biggest (and best) parts of life are the connections we make with others. We innately crave relationships with others. As human beings, we want and need to love, to be loved, to be accepted, and to be valued.

When we are alone, without contact, for an extended period of time, we crumble. Just think of Tom Hanks’ character in the classic movie Castaway... Now, think of Wilson, the volleyball that Hanks “befriended.” Case in point. Connection is not just a want. It’s a need. Even as kids, when we are left to our own devices, we created imaginary friends to play with. Our brains are wired to form relationships.

Without connections and relationships, life just doesn’t have the same meaning. Healthy relationships help us lead happier lives. The bonds help us deal with stress and get through hard times. It can make a difference when we have that “shoulder to cry on” or that friend “to lean on.” Furthermore, the impact we leave on others will eventually become the legacy that we leave behind. In successful relationships, we learn from one another; we grow with one another.

 

Every interaction plays a part… And I’m not just talking about romantic relationships. I mean friends, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. All of these types of relationships inevitably take work. Every exchange is a two-way street.

Healthy communication and support are some of the aspects that play a key role in the success (and failure) of our human-to-human connections. And while every relationship is different, there are some bonds that are more special than others.

Why You Should Find an Exercise Partner

1. Your PR's are their PR's (and vice versa!).

They’re in the gym with you, day in and day out. They see how hard you work for that new PR. They’re part of your journey to get there… So when you finally squat that 1 rep max… or deadlift heavier than ever before, it’s an adrenaline rush for them as well. You both reap the rewards of each others hard work. Double the fun!

2. You won’t be able to skip the gym. 

It’s not just you in the gym anymore. Someone else is depending on you. So when you skip the gym, you’re not just hurting yourself. Not to mention, when you send your exercise friend that text saying “I’m soooo tired… can we skip today?” You’ve got someone to snap you out of your daze. They won’t let you press pause on your grind.

3. You have a spotter every time.

This is crucial for gym rats. Correct form is a safety issue. When you’re dealing with heavy duty equipment and weights, you can’t play around with your safety (and the safety of others in the gym!). So when you need a spot on the racks, you’ve got someone you can trust right there!

4. You have your very own cheerleader.

Having someone to tell you “You’re almost there” or “You got this!!” can be the difference-maker in your workout. Our minds can easily give up even when our bodies have more to give… Having someone cheering you on gives you that extra push (especially when all you want to do is drop the weights)

5. You have someone to laugh with.

Have you ever been working out and seen something SO funny? Then you want to laugh about it with someone but it was a “you had to be there” moment? (For example, when you see one of those muscle mania dudes trip over a weight and pretend like it never happened). Having a gym partner allows you to laugh off the craziness.

Why Gym Buddies and Exercise Friends Make the Best Friends

1. You celebrate the good things even more.

You both see how hard each of you work on a regular basis. Inside the gym, outside of the gym. You both have seen the sacrifices made to get to where each of you are. So when a goal is reached, or something else happens, it’s FANTASTIC!

2. You have accountability outside of the gym.

When you want to go to Bruster’s and binge eat ice cream… when you want to order french fries instead of broccoli… or when you want to order a soda instead of water… You’ve got someone to remind you of your goals. They can be strong for you when you’re feeling weak.. And vice versa! You have someone you can text when the chicken you meal prepped last Sunday is bland and gross but you’re still eating it anyway… and they get it.

3. You don’t feel as embarrassed to fail in front of them.

They’ve seen you fail plenty of times in the gym. And they’ve seen you when you physically look the WORST. So if you’re struggling with something personal and not gym-related, you have someone you can go to, who won’t judge you for ugly-crying… or for looking (and/or) like you spent a few nights in a dumpster.

4. Their goals are in line with yours.

Yes, they want to work out. So those goals are the same. But, I’m also talking about the bigger picture. You both value strength, health, self-care, etc. You may not agree on everything. You may have your own paths to take in life. But, you have a solid foundation and bond between the two of you that you may not have with others. It’s really special!

5. You can go on a bestie-date that doesn't have to cost money.

Now, I don’t know about you all… but I’m all about saving a dollar or two (or more…)! And if you want to get out of the house with a friend, why not just hit up the gym for a gym and gossip date? You’re both already members of the gym, so you can go hang out and not spend money like you would if you were at the movies, out to eat, etc.

Working Out With an Exercise Partner

When I first started working out, I tried to avoid working out with a partner. I avoided it like the plague. Sure, I had a personal trainer (and even THAT took a lot of mental convincing to get accustomed to!). But they weren’t working out with me. They were creating my workouts for me and making sure that I was doing every exercise correctly (and pushing me past my mental blocks!). I was convinced that working out with a partner would hinder the pace, the effort, and the feel of my workouts. I wanted it to be just me and my music. But, you know what they say, right? You can’t knock it until you try it.

Well, I tried it. It first started out as personal training (I was the trainer, training my colleague who was “sweating for the wedding”). But when I’d be short on time after work, I decided to work out with her. To make a long story short, the best type of friendship evolved… and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. So, I encourage every one of you reading this article to find an exercise friend.. And reap the benefits!

 

Fitness friends make the best friends! So many people are looking for their swolemate, or looking for couple exercises, couple workouts, or couple fitness. Why not find a workout buddy that can be your best friend? A workout buddy/fitness friend can be the motivation you need to work out and help you reach your goals!

 

Some of the biggest (and best) parts of life are the connections we make with others. We innately crave relationships with others. As human beings, we want and need to love, to be loved, to be accepted, and to be valued.

When we are alone, without contact, for an extended period of time, we crumble. Just think of Tom Hanks’ character in the classic movie Castaway… Now, think of Wilson, the volleyball that Hanks “befriended.” Case in point. Connection is not just a want. It’s a need. Even as kids, when we are left to our own devices, we created imaginary friends to play with. Our brains are wired to form relationships.


 

Without connections and relationships, life just doesn’t have the same meaning. Healthy relationships help us lead happier lives. The bonds help us deal with stress and get through hard times. It can make a difference when we have that “shoulder to cry on” or that friend “to lean on.” Furthermore, the impact we leave on others will eventually become the legacy that we leave behind. In successful relationships, we learn from one another; we grow with one another.

Every interaction plays a part… And I’m not just talking about romantic relationships. I mean friends, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. All of these types of relationships inevitably take work. Every exchange is a two-way street. Healthy communication and support are some of the aspects that play a key role in the success (and failure) of our human-to-human connections. And while every relationship is different, there are some bonds that are more special than others.




Why You Should Find an Exercise Partner

1. Your PR’s are their PR’s (and vice versa!).

They’re in the gym with you, day in and day out. They see how hard you work for that new PR. They’re part of your journey to get there… So when you finally squat that 1 rep max… or deadlift heavier than ever before, it’s an adrenaline rush for them as well. You both reap the rewards of each others hard work. Double the fun!

2. You won’t be able to skip the gym. 

It’s not just you in the gym anymore. Someone else is depending on you. So when you skip the gym, you’re not just hurting yourself. Not to mention, when you send your exercise friend that text saying “I’m soooo tired… can we skip today?” You’ve got someone to snap you out of your daze. They won’t let you press pause on your grind.

3. You have a spotter every time.

This is crucial for gym rats. Correct form is a safety issue. When you’re dealing with heavy duty equipment and weights, you can’t play around with your safety (and the safety of others in the gym!). So when you need a spot on the racks, you’ve got someone you can trust right there!

4. You have your very own cheerleader.

Having someone to tell you “You’re almost there” or “You got this!!” can be the difference-maker in your workout. Our minds can easily give up even when our bodies have more to give… Having someone cheering you on gives you that extra push (especially when all you want to do is drop the weights)

5. You have someone to laugh with.

Have you ever been working out and seen something SO funny? Then you want to laugh about it with someone but it was a “you had to be there” moment? (For example, when you see one of those muscle mania dudes trip over a weight and pretend like it never happened). Having a gym partner allows you to laugh off the craziness.




Why Gym Buddies and Exercise Friends Make the Best Friends

1. You celebrate the good things even more.

You both see how hard each of you work on a regular basis. Inside the gym, outside of the gym. You both have seen the sacrifices made to get to where each of you are. So when a goal is reached, or something else happens, it’s FANTASTIC!

2. You have accountability outside of the gym.

When you want to go to Bruster’s and binge eat ice cream… when you want to order french fries instead of broccoli… or when you want to order a soda instead of water… You’ve got someone to remind you of your goals. They can be strong for you when you’re feeling weak.. And vice versa! You have someone you can text when the chicken you meal prepped last Sunday is bland and gross but you’re still eating it anyway… and they get it.

3. You don’t feel as embarrassed to fail in front of them.

They’ve seen you fail plenty of times in the gym. And they’ve seen you when you physically look the WORST. So if you’re struggling with something personal and not gym-related, you have someone you can go to, who won’t judge you for ugly-crying… or for looking (and/or) like you spent a few nights in a dumpster.

4. Their goals are in line with yours.

Yes, they want to work out. So those goals are the same. But, I’m also talking about the bigger picture. You both value strength, health, self-care, etc. You may not agree on everything. You may have your own paths to take in life. But, you have a solid foundation and bond between the two of you that you may not have with others. It’s really special!

5. You can go on a bestie-date that doesn’t have to cost money.

Now, I don’t know about you all… but I’m all about saving a dollar or two (or more…)! And if you want to get out of the house with a friend, why not just hit up the gym for a gym and gossip date? You’re both already members of the gym, so you can go hang out and not spend money like you would if you were at the movies, out to eat, etc.




Working Out With an Exercise Partner

When I first started working out, I tried to avoid working out with a partner. I avoided it like the plague. Sure, I had a personal trainer (and even THAT took a lot of mental convincing to get accustomed to!). But they weren’t working out with me. They were creating my workouts for me and making sure that I was doing every exercise correctly (and pushing me past my mental blocks!). I was convinced that working out with a partner would hinder the pace, the effort, and the feel of my workouts. I wanted it to be just me and my music. But, you know what they say, right? You can’t knock it until you try it.

Well, I tried it. It first started out as personal training (I was the trainer, training my colleague who was “sweating for the wedding”). But when I’d be short on time after work, I decided to work out with her. To make a long story short, the best type of friendship evolved… and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. So, I encourage every one of you reading this article to find an exercise friend.. And reap the benefits!


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Fitness friends make the best friends! So many people are looking for their swolemate, or looking for couple exercises, couple workouts, or couple fitness. Why not find a workout buddy that can be your best friend? A workout buddy/fitness friend can be the motivation you need to work out and help you reach your goals!


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