We all have days when it’s tough to find the motivation to push through a challenging workout. Teaming up with a partner can result in a stronger body, but it’s also an opportunity to cultivate stronger relationships. Learn how to find your perfect fitness partner:
How to Find the Perfect Partners
Get the word out.
Many times great groups start from finding co-workers or friends who have the same goals as you,” Robert Reames, Gold’s Gym Fitness Expert says. “But sometimes it’s as easy as asking a trainer at your club. They may have a few people they train with similar motivations—and can help you form a group.”
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. “Without the right person to set a good tone, it probably won’t work,” says Fitness Trainer Nikki Kimbrough.
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. Geoff Tobey, Gold’s Gym Senior Digital Marketing Manager, recommends the Gold’s Gym Challenge Facebook Group, where Challenge participants come together to motivate one another. Follow Gold’s Gym on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
How To Keep Each Other Motivated
Accountability is critical.
It can help to pay attention to anyone who hasn’t been coming to a workout and encourage them to get back into the fold, Reames says. “With social media especially, we’re able to give each other a little nudge that gets us back into it. It’s about caring, not forcing,” he says.
Consider a little competition.
“I’ve seen positive competitiveness definitely come into play with students I lead,” Kimbrough says. Friends and partners can lift each other up by encouraging each other—and, when done right, you can both 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.
Focus on the schedule.
Make sure the group schedule is doable for all of your workout mates. 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.