Fit Tip: 4 Reasons to Get a Gym Buddy

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10.28.14GymBuddy.jpgUnless you are a highly motivated self-starter who always sticks to workouts, you may want to consider finding a workout partner.

Exercising with a buddy can keep you accountable, provide motivation and be lots of fun!

 Here are four reasons why pairing up will increase your productivity when working out.

Accountability

When your alarm goes off at 5 AM, hitting the snooze button isn’t an option if you’re expected to meet your workout buddy. You don’t want to leave them lonely in the gym parking lot while you’re lying in bed, right? Making an appointment with a gym buddy keeps you accountable and stops you from developing a recurring case of the “skips.”

Variety

You have your go-to ab moves, favorite bicep exercises and tried-and-true cardio routine. But guess what? So does your partner! That means double the fitness knowledge and double the possibilities. Plus, you can do workouts that are a bit tricky to do alone like partner-based medicine ball exercises, tag team running intervals, spotter-required heavy lifting, or even an exciting game of tennis.

Challenge

You may think you’re pushing yourself to the limits at the gym, but a study from Kansas State University thinks you can go a little harder with a little help. The study found that people who worked out with someone they perceived as athletically superior will exercise harder and longer than they would solo. That means your job is to zone in on a partner who will challenge you!

Fun

Your workout partner isn’t someone you dread spending time with. If so, you should probably rethink your choice! Nope, this person can actually be a fun addition to exercise. When’s the last time you’ve laughed during a strength superset? When have you sweated for an hour while catching up with a best friend? There are many benefits to getting a gym buddy—both physical and mental!

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