Friendship, camaraderie and trust can help you achieve more than you would alone.
So, ahead of World Friendship Day on 30th July, we chatted to PT Chris Pinner about how to refresh your fitness routine with a workout buddy.
Why Should You Find a Workout Buddy?
How many friends do you speak to about your well-being? Whether you consider yourself a solo-act or socialite, you might find exercise with a buddy has some of the following benefits:
Accountability – How many times have you made a commitment to yourself to workout but then bailed at the last minute? Make the same commitment to a buddy and your risk of a missed session might drop.
Enjoyment – How much fun could a workout buddy be? Whether it’s doing the exercise itself, talking about it beforehand or over a protein shake afterwards, the right buddy could bring out more fun from your fitness routine.
Intensity – How hard do you try? Workout with a buddy and an element of encouragement and healthy competition might push you both up a level.
Safety – How much harder could you push with a ‘spotter’? A workout buddy could help you push your boundaries safely.
Variety – How many more moves could you learn from, and do, with a workout buddy? Why not try some partner-based moves – you might find you know exercises the other has never thought of.
How Can You Find a Workout Buddy?
Whether you are new to town or already have a circle of friends around you, you can find a workout buddy in different ways:
Ask friends – Maybe they want a workout buddy too, or know someone who does.
Go to classes – Chances are you have something in common with your classmates, so strike up a conversation and find out.
Get social – Use Instagram and other social channels for the very reason they were built; to socialise!
Just like when hiring a Personal Trainer, your choice of workout buddy has to be right for you. You might benefit more from finding someone with a similar goal, style and overall vibe to you. You might want someone very different to you. Your call.
Either way, if your routine needs a refresh, do something. Your new workout buddy could be just around the corner!
Chris is the founder of Innerfit, a fitness centred wellness provider with the belief everybody has the right to a unique relationship with fitness which works. For more from Chris, see his Instagram, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org