Behind every strong lifter, there’s an even stronger workout partner. Why did Bonnie and Clyde pair up to terrorize and all those people? Why do Key and Peele tag-team in their sketches? The answer is timeless and simple: teamwork. The same applies to you in the realm of fitness. Here are Blog’s reasons as to why you should find a workout buddy.
1. Motivation. Tell me what you do when you’re enjoying the company of your friends. Getting food? Watching a movie? Try going to the gym. When you start going to a fitness facility with your pals and turn working out into hanging out, finding the motivation to exercise becomes effortless. Even if you can’t find that special someone yet to drag you to the gym, a friend who just calls you on the phone is enough. According to a Stanford University study, receiving a phone call once every two weeks boosts exercise on average by 78% on average. So get one of your Type-A friends to call you at 6 in the morning on a Monday to remind you to exercise. I guarantee you’ll find yourself in the gym before you know it just to get that person to stop talking.
2. Safety. Okay. The barbell and all those plates are on your back. Breathe in, squat, and breathe out while pushing up with your heels. How do you think you did? Well…all you did was lean forward and not squat at all: having a workout buddy keeps your form on all exercises in fairly good shape. Moreover, for exercises where a spot is crucial, such as bench pressing, you’ll always have someone ready at your side. Take all the pre-workout you want and flaunt all your colorful sweatbands: at the end of the day, safety is the priority, and you need someone by your side.
3. Competition. Everyone hates being the straggler in the group. When the teacher asks if everyone is ready to move onto the next slide, you sloppily scribble as much as you can while nodding your head in unison with everyone else. When all your friends need to go to class and get up from the lunch table, you scarf as much mashed potatoes as possible and rise as well. Enter the Köhler Effect: the human nature of not wanting to be the worst in the group.
When you are actively competing with your partner to lift more weight with more repetitions, your performance will skyrocket. The best part is this article’s previous reason for finding a gym buddy: you’ll work your butt off exercising to beat your buddy, but you will always have their safety net to make sure you don’t get injured. Finding someone who is about 40% more fit than you are in a particular exercise will maximize your drive. In return, have them start performing an exercise that you’re better at. Everyone wins.
It’s that simple. Find a friend who has similar fitness goals and start flexing together in the weight room. I’ll personally be your workout buddy if you can scream at me like drill sergeant to get me amped.