A good workout partner, who can motivate you and bring out the best in you, is worth their weight in gold.
Imagine having a workout partner who is always late, makes too many excuses, and is stubborn, overly competitive, excessively egotistical or maybe just too talkative.
With a partner like that, who needs enemies!
A workout partner like that will just drag you down. You owe it to yourself to choose more wisely. A workout buddy should have certain qualities, if you want to remain consistent with your workout plan and achieve your fitness goals.
Now keep in mind that these are the same qualities that your workout buddy looks for in you – so make sure you take the effort to live up to those expectations.
Here are 7 qualities of an ideal workout buddy:
1. Choose Someone You Like
They may be the fittest, most knowledgeable and skilled people in the workout field who can probably push you to do your workouts well. But if you don’t like that person, the alliance isn’t going to last.
However incredible a person maybe, if you don’t have that buddy chemistry, you will remain on different wavelengths. You can work better with a person you like even if they lack certain attributes you look for in a partner [more fit than you] than with that seemingly ideal character you just can’t stand the sight of.
2. More Fit Than You
It’s better to find a workout partner who is more fit than you are. A partner of the opposite sex can also be a good morale booster plus you tend to push yourself more as you don’t want them to be disappointed with you.
A more knowledgeable partner is also a great help. They may be able to guide you better on your fitness journey.
3. A Positive Attitude
There’s nothing like a grumpy partner to crush your spirit. If your workout buddy is constantly bragging, it’ll create a negative atmosphere and demotivate you. Friendly, positive, cheerful and solution focused instead of problem focused is the kind of personality that you need in a workout buddy.
4. Reliable and Trustworthy
Picking somebody who never shows up is obviously not a good idea. They should be dependable and should value your time as well as their own. You need to be able to trust them, that they’ve got your back, especially when you rely on them to spot you during weight lifting.
5. Share Similar Goals
If you prefer to concentrate on strength training to build up some muscle and your partner thinks cardio is the only way to lose weight, your goals and plans don’t match. Your commitment levels also need to match.
It’s even more ideal if your partner is more committed than you are – someone who doesn’t cave into your excuses on the days you don’t want to work out.
6. Like-Minded Styles of Motivation
If you need a cheerleader to get motivated and they need a drill-sergeant, then it’s probably not going to work out. Make sure you share the same motivational style.
If your workout partner is motivated by similar things, it’s much easier to pep each other up. If your motivational styles are too different, it becomes more difficult to understand and push each other when needed.
7. Compatible Schedules
I’m not sure this actually needs to be mentioned. But still it’s a valid point to make.
You need to find a partner who can schedule in the workouts at the same time on the same days. At least most of days, if not all of them. If your timings are not compatible, it’s definitely not going to work out.
Break out of your Rut and Have Some Fun Together
A workout buddy is like a breath of fresh air [before the sweaty workout]. They bring with them new ideas and workout plans which help you get out of the rut of repeating the same boring routines. They may be able to teach you how to use those weird looking new machines in the gym.
There’s strength in numbers. You’ll feel more confident, bold enough to sign up for those zumba or yoga classes you kept wanting to. The right workout partner can give you that nudge you need.[ or a shove if that’s what it takes.]
You are more likely to continue with your workouts if it’s interesting, varied and fun. Test out new gym equipment together, new jogging routes or kickboxing classes. You don’t have to be serious to get a serious workout. You can have fun doing it. A social date, something to look forward to, not dreaded. Laugh, encourage, motivate each other and enjoy your fitness journey together.