I have spent the past year working out with a regular and trusted workout buddy. Then I moved. I am shocked at how much I relied on our schedule. I missed it 3 days into my solo workout plan. This is coming from a trainer! I hit the gym with gusto but wow, boredom hit hard and fast. My workout buddy and I met for workouts 3 times a week and she attended my workouts twice a week. In fact, that is how we met. She was a FitCamp participant who became my workout buddy.
The power of a workout partner is endless. It’s why classes are so popular and group training is on the rise. Being a trusted workout partner is the biggest part. We had a few missed workouts due to either schedule but we always picked up or even added a Saturday makeup workouts when needed. And never once did one of us skip or blow off a workout. That is a trusted workout buddy.
So what do you do if you would like a workout partner but your schedule/fitness level/fitness preference does not match your immediate list of friends? I have had many workout buddies over the years and almost never was it with an immediate friend. I am an outgoing person and I have always met people with ease and found my partners through random meetings. I engage those open to conversation and ask them about partnering up as I get to know them. Often this is done with people who want to workout by struggle with motivation. Ideally, you have to be out there and out there regularly, because the people you see exercising when and where you workout is the best place to start your search.
If you are not outgoing this may be incredibly intimidating and not likely to happen. Your best option may be to sign up for a group training program. Smaller group, guided by a trainer and more budget friendly than hiring a trainer solo. Or find a Meetup of people who do what you like to do, running, cycling, swimming, etc. They are out there and you have to find them, they won’t look for you.
Your method of finding a workout partner is going to be up to you. But if you need motivation and are willing to make the commitment, you should consider making finding a workout buddy a priority. You will be more motivated, more committed, have someone to share your progress with, celebrate goals met and make a great new friend. There is everything to gain!
This is dedicated to my workout buddy whom I left in Saint Mary, GA. I miss you!