Here’s why exercising with a buddy is a good idea.
Over the past year, a group of my friends — squash players and myself — started to workout together once per week. Since then we all improved our fitness. We included a set of technical squash drills, cardio exercises and fitness activities in our routine. It turns out that we improved our fitness and our game, and some of us lost weight. There are 5 main reasons it worked so well — and it applies to all of us, no matter we practice crossfit, basketball, tennis or run marathons.
To avoid skipping your workouts, go for a buddy training commitment. Set up goals with someone and even video chat with them as you do your workout. This way you’ll be less tempted to back out.
1. You’ll be more motivated
You’re much more likely to meet your partner for a planned workout session compared to some plans you made with yourself.
Having someone you trust and respect working out next to you is the best. This friend will more than likely encourage you to go harder, lift more or jump higher. Being more motivated is particularly true when you already feel that you don’t have enough energy or you need a little nudge on the shoulder to start working out. It will definitely inspire you, plus it will contribute to strengthen your relationship with your friend.
2. Your workouts can be more fun
With a partner you can get your heart racing with some one-on-one basketball practices, squash drills, or a partner workout.
Sure thing, you will probably have a good laugh together. Instead of feeling like it is a chore, you will probably realize that the time goes by faster than working out alone.
Added bonus: you can also take the time to catch up with your friend between your reps.
3. You’ll work out harder
Whenever you’re working out with someone else, the intensity is always going to be greater than when you’re alone.
You could squeeze an extra rep or add an extra 10 to 15 minutes to your workout. Your partner can convince you to keep going and push you to achieve your personal best and get into the best shape you’ve never been in your life.
4. You’ll always have a spotter
We all need someone to keep an eye on our form, the number of reps or simply the intensity we put in our workout. It also give you an awesome perspective as your buddy will point out your progress. Something hard sometimes to see by ourselves.
5. Your friends will be healthier
If you’re surrounded by people who are active and eat well, there’s a good chance you’re going to do the same. The halo effect is incredible. You start sharing best practices and enjoy the improvements.