Having a good gym buddy is important to me. Sometimes I lack the motivation to even get to bootcamp, let alone find the motivation to get my butt to the gym!
I’ve lucked out over the years. I have met some fitness friends through classes I’ve joined, and some friends have taken up fitness over the years and joined me on my crazy fitness pursuits.
My friend Hilary used to wake up during the summer months when she didn’t even have to be up (she is a teacher with summers off) to run with me virtually, every Tuesday and Thursday morning at six am. She would do her run by her place and I would do mine around my hood. There were mornings I didn’t want to get up, but I knew I couldn’t disappoint her. Halfway ‘you can do this’ messages and the thought that someone else was going through the same thing as me made me try harder and feel more accountable for my workout.
I have two friends named Alex (Beinsy and Giordano to be specific) that are great workout buddies too. Beinsy and I have been friends since Uni and over the years we’ve tried some crazy kettlebell workouts, running and cardio feats. Giordano and I hit up bootcamp and crush some Goodlife Combat workouts together. All in all, these ladies have helped me reach so many of my goals, that I can’t even begin to list them here 🙂
I’m not saying that you can’t ever do a workout by yourself, because those workouts are important too. What I am saying though, is that a good gym buddy can sometimes motivate you to push beyond the limits that you set for yourself. Sometimes these limits are set on purpose, and sometimes they are just mental blocks that prevent you from reaching your next fitness level or goals. Either way, it’s great to have a workout buddy who will push you out of your comfort zone.
Top 3 reasons to have a workout buddy:
1. You will feel like getting up and doing that workout because you’re accountable, not only to yourself, but to your workout buddy.
2. You will get satisfaction knowing that you are motivating someone else to do things that they wouldn’t necessarily do by themselves either. Who doesn’t like that little ‘feel good’ “I’ve helped someone!” feeling?! 😉
3. They point out the positives (at least a good one will!) When you crush that goal, or do that extra burpee, they will point out and celebrate your accomplishments. Sometimes it’s nice to get a pat on the back from someone who isn’t you!