Guest Blog Post by IRON Personal Trainer, Samuel Chewning
If you think finding a dating partner is tough, finding a workout partner can be even tougher! With that said, finding the right workout partner can also be the biggest gym blessing you will ever receive. The benefits are exponential, including increased accountability, work ethic, learning, and bonding. There are a few criteria you will want to look for when searching for “the one” including where to even begin your search!
When I first moved to LA, I found a gym partner that helped push me (and I her) for two years. She had a similar sports and athletic performance background, we both came from gymnastics/powerlifting, and we had a similar moral code of conduct and gym etiquette. We liked to chitchat and gossip, but we also liked to work hard and grind-out our workouts. It was a workout partner match made in heaven.
It has been proven that workout partners tend to increase both your athletic and performance output, but moreover, it requires that you make a commitment to someone, thus increasing your own commitment. Knowing that person will be meeting you at the gym in Santa Monica Ca can be the difference between showing up to workout that day or just going straight home from work and lounging on the couch for the evening. Working out together also adds a competitive layer to your workout. You are more likely push for that last rep, increase the weight a little bit in your lifts, do one more set even when you’re just ready to go home. If you have someone else pushing themselves, it’s much more enticing to push yourself. In addition, when you’re struggling, having someone to provide words of encouragement can make all the difference. The flip side to that is that when your partner is the one struggling and you are the person cheering them on, it actually boosts your own confidence and motivation. It’s a beautiful circle of encouragement, motivation, trust, and accountability. It is also helpful to share your goals and obstacles with someone else in the gym. If you speak your goals aloud to someone, you’re more likely to follow through with working to reach them.
Lastly, when you workout with someone, you get to share ideas, try new things, and even learn better ways to do exercises you’ve done in the past. Basically, having a workout partner can make a world of difference in your fitness routine and goal achievement!
Now the questions remain: what should you look for in a workout partner and where do you find them?
Let’s start with the first question:
Keep these things in mind when looking for a gym buddy:
Finding a great workout partner that likes to workout at night when you’re a morning person won’t work well. Look for someone who works out around the same time you do unless you’re open to moving your workout time to accommodate their schedule.
Find someone who pushes you, encourages you, and generally uplifts you.
Remember that this is a symbiotic relationship though, so you’ll be doing the same for your partner!
While your goals don’t have to be identical, it’s important to find a workout partner that has at least similar goals so that your training lines up. If one of you wants to be a powerlifter and the other a marathon runner, it just won’t work.
Like the person you are working out with.
It sounds obvious, but this is crucial. After all, if you are spending multiple hours with someone in one of the gyms in Santa Monica Ca, it should be someone that you don’t mind being with a lot.
Next, where should you find your workout buddy?
Since there aren’t currently any Tinder-like apps for workout partners (can someone make this please?!), Here are some ways to find the “one”:
Start with people you know.
Is there anyone in your life that you think you’d want to workout with? Think about people you work with, friends, or family members.
Find other people in the gym.
One of the best places to find a workout partner is in the gym! After all, you already workout at the same place. Don’t be shy! If you see other people that might be a good fit, strike up a conversation and see if they’d want to workout sometime. They may be looking for someone too!
Ask a trainer if they know anyone that might be a good workout partner for you.
The training staff typically knows many of the members in the gym and would be more than happy to make an introduction.
Finding the right workout partner can take time, and it’s okay to try it out with different people to see who’s a good fit. As silly as it sounds, just like dating, finding a workout partner is something you’ll likely have to experiment with a bit until you find the right person.
The goal of fitness is to make a fun sustainable routine for yourself that will take you far into the future. For some, working out alone is perfectly fine, but for others, finding the perfect workout soulmate can make the journey to your goals a sweeter and more enjoyable one!