Why Friends Are the Secret to Your Fitness Success

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You may be trying hard to get regular exercise and make healthy food choices, but if you don’t have like-minded friends, this can be pretty tough.

“For some people working out by themselves can be pretty difficult. I highly recommend finding a workout partner to maximize your program,” exercise physiologist Tom Holland says in his new book Beat the Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag.

According to Holland, workout buddies can help you get bikini-ready in five key ways:

 

  1. They provide motivation. The days you don’t want to work out, they will get you out the door. The days they feels like skipping, you will get them to the gym. When you want to give up completely, they will talk you into sticking with your plan.
  2. They serve as spotters. The bench press. Squats. Your partner can help spot you, keeping your workouts safer yet more challenging at the same time.
  3. They increase your exercise arsenal. There are numerous strength moves you can do with your partner, like crunches with a medicine ball, partner pushups and leg tosses. These are fun and very effective.
  4. They provide companionship. Working out can be lonely, especially long cardio sessions. Having a friend next to you to talk with while you slave away on the elliptical can make the time fly by.
  5. They provide competition. Let’s be honest: We as human beings like to compete with one another. Try finding a workout partner who is just a little fitter, just a little stronger than you are. By trying to keep up with them, you will challenge yourself in ways that you cannot do alone.

Looking for a new workout buddy? Check out a few ways to find one:

  1. Start looking around the gym during your workouts. Chances are there is someone who trains alone at the same time you do, and they may be in the market for a partner as well. Start gradually by striking up casual conversations with them. After you have gotten to know them a little bit, invite them to do a workout with you. Once you feel you know him or her well enough, ask them if they want to meet you at the gym on certain days.
  2. Many gyms have small groups of people that meet regularly and exercise together. Consider creating your own workout group. The more people, the better. A small group takes away the awkwardness that can exist in the one-on-one dynamic. And if one person doesn’t show up, no problem. You have several other people to work out with.
  3. Research Fitness Boot Camps in your area and sign up with them.  You’ll probably wind up with more workout buddies than you can handle!

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