Perhaps you’ve been training for quite some time now, and have gotten into the groove of regular workouts – so you’ve managed to achieve some awesome results (like a toned physique and/or increased confidence. Thanks to this, a friend might have approached you to be his/her workout buddy at some point, or maybe, someone would ask you some time in the future. For those who have just started, perhaps you’re the one thinking of snagging yourself a workout buddy.
Apart from making gym time more fun, training with a buddy can increase motivation and help you get closer to achieving your goals. After all, you’d be able to keep tabs on each other and get the most out of every workout.
Has someone asked you to be their training buddy, or are you thinking of popping the question? Either way, there are some things you can do to ensure that both you and your training buddy are on the right track. Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways To Be The Best Workout Buddy Ever:
1) Stay positive, as much as you can (ideally, always)
Let’s face it. We aren’t exactly at our most positive, especially when we’re feeling super exhausted or faced with challenges. Fortunately, it’s really just mind over matter, and you can overcome these training obstacles by changing your mindset. After all, why allow that inner voice of self doubt to steal the spotlight and take control, when you can focus on pushing your limits and achieving more – even at your most exhausted?
When it comes to being a good workout buddy, you should firstly be able to push yourself and remain positive even in the most challenging situations – so that you’d be able to effectively do that for your buddy as well.
2) Motivate and encourage your buddy regularly
There are bound to be bad days where you or your buddy (perhaps even both!) get bitten by the lazy bug and as a result, feel unmotivated to train. However, in moments like this, it helps to do your best to stay disciplined and be a source of encouragement for not just yourself, but your buddy as well. So make it a point to stay motivated as much as you can – even on your worst days! Trust us, your buddy – and body – would appreciate you for doing so.
3) Set a good example by doing what you say
It’s always easier to say something than actually do it. That’s why it’s so important that your actions always match your words. So when you tell your workout buddy that you’re both going to work out thrice a week, follow through and make sure it happens. Take responsibility for your words and be a good example, maybe even inspire your workout buddy – so that you’d both stay motivated.
4) Cut out all excuses
There will be times when either of you would feel tempted to make excuses and maybe throw fewer kicks or skip your usual drilling session after class. This is when you have to stay disciplined (see #2!) and eliminate all excuses from your life. If you notice that your training buddy is constantly making excuses, call him/her out on it, and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Of course, you shouldn’t be making any excuses yourself!
5) Set some common goals and make a plan
While it helps to set some individual goals, you and your training buddy should sit together and figure out some common goals to work towards – so that you’d both be on the same page when it comes to planning your workouts. It helps to get a buddy with a compatible schedule, so that it would be easier to plan your workouts and of course, follow through.
Apart from that, you should both also spend some time discussing and evaluating each other’s progress. This would help you both to figure out what your next steps are – especially when you’ve already achieved some goals and would like to accomplish even more in the gym.
Now that you’ve made it to the end of the article, it’s time to be the best workout buddy you can be! So go forth and make every moment in the gym count.