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Embarking on a new fitness journey can be difficult and even discouraging for some of us. As for the rest, self-discipline is something innate and we can push through independently. As the saying goes, if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together! Having a workout buddy to train guarantees rewarding benefits and you need to read to know why.


#1 Accountability

The process of going to a workout session, like getting out of bed in the morning especially when you don’t feel like it. It’s easy to convince yourself to snuggle in a little more and ultimately, skip the whole workout. 

When you don’t show up, you’re not only letting yourself down by not getting yourself to the gym, you’re also letting down someone else who is expecting you to be there. 

But when you have a partner that is waiting for you to be there at the gym, it makes waking up easier and more motivated. You train yourself to be more accountable to your buddy and you are much more likely to show up, train hard and achieve the results together. 

 

#2 Offering mental, physical and emotional support

For most people, having someone by your side makes a huge difference in how motivated you are. A workout buddy should be able to offer you mental, physical and emotional support. 

They could not only help you keep your form in check, but could also push your mental strength to greater heights, help to keep your emotions in high spirits and give you a needed confidence boost!

 

#3 Put fun in the workout

A workout buddy can also offer a variety of workout sessions to your routine and make things more fun and challenging. Working out can feel lonely sometimes, so having that social interaction will make your workout more enjoyable. 

There is also power in numbers, when you’ve got someone to go with you, trying different things in the gym like weights or a group yoga class can be less intimidating. If you’ve always wanted to try that Zumba class, grab a buddy on board!

 


#4 Best catch if your workout buddy happens to be a fitness expert

Consider yourself lucky if your workout buddy has great knowledge and experience to be able to replace a personal trainer. However, if your workout buddy has even just a little experience, they should be able to help correct any obvious form of mistakes and make your workout safer. 

Remember, it’s still important to get a trainer or coach to make sure that you have good form, especially when you start doing new routines.

 


#5 Goal sharing

A workout buddy not only provides company but also creates a friendly rivalry that can be incredibly motivating when it's time to finish that last set or squat. They also provide each other with someone to share life's goals and celebrate each other’s successes whether it be in the area of fitness or other areas of your life.

 

So, how do you choose the right workout buddy? 

You have to know which type is best suited for you as your workout buddy to get the most rewarding benefits out of this buddy support system. Not all workout buddies are the same type of people.

There are great motivators, great listeners, hustlers, and relentless pushers out there. Here are a few things you need to know and consider when you choose a partner to exercise with.

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