We all have days when it’s tough to find the motivation to push through a challenging workout. That’s where a fitness partner comes in. This person can:
- Hold you accountable to your goals
- Spot you during a set if needed
- Provide a little competition to spur you on
- Offer support if you’re feeling frustrated
- Make a workout more fun
Teaming up with a fitness partner can result in a stronger body, but it’s also an opportunity to cultivate stronger relationships. Because we all lead busy lives, exercising together can let you get a workout in and check in with a buddy. And if you join a group of people who work out together, you can make new friends who can enrich your life in surprising ways.
The benefits are too numerous not to give it a try. Learn how to find the right fitness partner — and how to give each other a push — with these tips. And get more workout suggestions on exercising with a friend on our special BFF workout page.
3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Fitness Partner
1. Get the word out
One starting point for finding a fitness partner or creating a workout group is talking with co-workers or friends who have similar interests. “To build our workout group, we simply answered questions when people asked and invited one person to join us at the gym,” says Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador Tim Welsh. “Supporting people and showing humility has always been the best way to make friends at the gym.”
2. Find the right leader
If you feel that you need a paid professional to manage your group, many gyms offer group-training packages that are cheaper than one-on-one personal training sessions. Otherwise, see if someone in your group is willing to volunteer. “Take a couple of classes to find the right coach, and the community will follow,” says Jackie Vick, a Gold’s Gym certified personal trainer and GOLD’S AMP™ coach. “As a coach, I make sure to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments big or small. Everyone is holding one another accountable in class, not just me.”
3. Search online
One of the great boons of social media is the ability to connect with thousands of people—friends, family and even strangers who might be looking for workout buddies. Follow Gold’s Gym on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “I have experienced this firsthand as most of my best friends [now family] have met utilizing hashtags and locations on Instagram,” says Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador C.J. Finley. “The digital space has made it easy to connect with other like-minded individuals.”
3 Tips on How to Motivate a Friend
1. Give a reminder that you’re relying on each other
“Over the years of finding fitness and finding myself, I have also found an incredible community of support,” says Gold’s Gym Brand Ambassador Laura Micetich. “The family you build becomes the reason to show up every single day — even when your motivation dwindles, because they are your family and you owe it to one another to be your best self.”
2. Consider a little competition
Friends and partners can lift each other up by encouraging each other —and, when done right, you can all be winners from the motivation. Try a gym triathlon (elliptical, bike and treadmill) to see who can log the most miles in a set time, or wear heart-rate monitors to a workout class to learn whose ticker is in the best shape.
3. Focus on the schedule
Make sure the group schedule is doable for all of your workout mates. (One idea: working out in the morning, a time when your energy is higher and when everyone is more likely to be able to meet.) Also, keep in touch when sessions are canceled due to holidays and other factors—a few weeks off can be a potential momentum killer, so hype everyone to get back into it.