As much as you love working out, it’s difficult to be consistent about going to the gym. Let’s face it, life can be distracting and just plain busy. Even when you are at the gym, you may not be testing your limits the way you should. So, what’s the best way to fix this? A gym buddy—whether it’s your mom, friend, co-worker, or partner.
Here Are Five Reasons A Gym Buddy Is The Best Thing For Your Workouts:
1. Add variety to your workout
Having a gym buddy is great because it allows you to incorporate exercises that require two people. You can try a mix of different exercises using resistance bands, medicine balls, and good ol’ bodyweight. A lot of exercises that require two people are modeled after a mirrored or copied practice. Your partner does it and then you, or you initiate the movement, and your partner follows. This kind of exercise can drastically improve your form (i.e. your squat) because someone is watching you perform the exercise. This gives you a second set of eyes to what may be hindering your workout potential. Even though you may know what the correct form is for any given exercise, it’s not always easy to catch yourself falling out of form while you’re in the moment doing it.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
Having a gym buddy present to spot you is a gift! Having a friend who you can feel comfortable communicating your workout needs with is very important. It is also crucial to trust them. Make sure you are both on the same page about how to spot each other. Having a spotter allows you to push your weight limits on your reps without worrying about overdoing it. Your gym buddy will empower you to lift five more pounds and squat just a little bit deeper. Also, it’s easy to fall into a routine with your exercises, and it’s critical to add a variety of exercises that target many different muscles. Your gym partner may have strengths where you have weaknesses. This is a great way to stray from your comfort zone and try different exercises.
3. Friendly competition fuels your motivation
We have all been there! When we work out with friends or partners, we like to show off! This motivation to perform your best will ignite some of your most intense workouts. Of course, playful and friendly competition is just fine to get you going a little harder. Whether you are trying to lead by example or trying to outlift your gym buddy, you are encouraging your body to push itself, which does not always happen in a solo workout routine.