When it comes to being committed to a fitness
regime, there is strength in numbers. Having a buddy system, or buddies system,
helps to keep each other motivated and committed. You increase your likelihood
of keeping on track with your workout schedules, of staying true to your strict
diet and best of all, it multiples the feel good factor of achieving your goals
because you have that many more people celebrating it with you.
Having a workout buddy might just be the thing
that you need to revive your plans for a healthier You. We share five tips
on how to find your perfect fitness partner.
1) Plan to Work Out Together
rocket science. If one of you likes Zumba and the other like rock climbing,
then there’s no chemistry. You can’t even go to the same place to work it out.
It’s good that when searching for a fitness partner, look out for someone who
does similar type of exercises and is preferably of similar fitness levels as
you are. This makes planning to work out together a whole lot easier, less
stressful and really take advantage of a partner relationship in the gym.
2) Same Agenda
This person is not your chat buddy nor your Aunt
Agony. You would want your fitness partner to be as committed to their fitness
goals as they are to you, by having the same agenda, they are more likely to
stay committed to your workout schedule. Choose wisely and both of you are will
increase your odds of coming out tops on your fitness goals. Choose badly and
both will be losers.
3) Healthy Competition
Get competitive but remember that ultimately, you want
to outdo yourself, not your partner. Instead of comparing the number of reps of
how heavy your weights are… track and compare your personal rate of improvement
instead. This is a more effective method of pushing your own limits and working
out harder. This sense of competitiveness would not have been present without a
4) Sharing is Caring
Even if both
of you want to lose weight of get fitter for different reasons, the fact is
that both of you have made the same commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Having
a fitness partner allows for interaction with someone with a similar interest
as yourself, and through these interactions, you are more likely to share more
interesting and useful health and exercise tips than if you had to work out
alone. The more tips you have, the better you can get at being healthier.
5) A Personal Trainer
be a Fitness Partner
Fitness partners don’t always have to be friends.
In fact, one of the biggest advantages of having a personal trainer as a
fitness partner is safety. Personal trainers are able to ensure that you are
doing your exercises correctly, in the right postures, utilising the right
muscles, keep track of the time intervals between reps and really optimise fat
burn for each workout. It is not uncommon for a personal trainer to be a
fitness partner, so if you have been looking for the right partner to come
along, maybe all you need is a personal trainer.