I can’t believe it’s Saturday already! For me this week has flown by. Maybe it’s because I’ve been keeping so busy all week.

 

Tuesday I went bike riding and then went to Steve’s parents house where his sister Erin let my mom and I ride this guy.

Moose and I

 

I’ve also been a bit busier with clients and getting stuff together for taxes (ugggh) so that may have aided in the weekend getting here faster.

 

Teaching classes and coaching small groups I’ve seen the many different approaches to fitness that people take.

Some people hate the thought of going to the gym but love it when they get there, others look forward to their workouts and are giddy thinking about it, and other people won’t go to the gym unless they have someone to go with.

 

I think that having a workout buddy can be a great idea. It’s always nice to have someone to push through tough workouts with. I myself workout with Amy when I can for that exact same reason. If you have someone that will push you when you need it and offer up positive encouragement then I’m all for it.

 

The only problem is when you become so dependent on that person that when they can’t make it to your scheduled workout then you don’t go either. Or when one person offers up an excuse to not go to the gym and you agree and decide to skip it when you wouldn’t normally have done so. Now having this happen once or twice isn’t bad but I’ve had some people who miss an entire month’s worth of workouts because their partner just didn’t feel like it or got busy.

 

When deciding to workout with a friend you both need to be clear on what you’re hoping to get out of it. Are you just doing it for fun and you don’t really care that much about immediate results? Or do you want someone who is going to help you get in the best shape of your life and push you until you get there? These are two very different things and you both need to be on the same page. If you need someone who is going to motivate you to go to the gym on days when you initially don’t want to then be sure to pick someone you know will hold you accountable.

 

Ultimately the only person you can really truly depend on is yourself. Leaving your health and fitness in someone else’s hands is never a good idea and you need to be responsible for your own decisions. If you decide not to go to the gym just because your partner can’t make it you need to own it and know that it was you who ultimately decided not to go. Just because your buddy couldn’t come doesn’t mean you had to give up your workout. Relying on someone else is an easy way out a lot of the time and you need to recognize that if you really want something you are going to have to get the work done.

 

As I previously stated I love working out with Amy and am a big fan of having a friend to workout with, I just want people to realize that they are in charge of their well-being.

 

Anyways that’s my little rant for today. I’m off to take a nice long soak in the tub and then tonight Steve and I are going to Relish here in London for some gourmet burgers. I’ll be sure to let you know how they were.

 

Question: Do you have a workout buddy?

 

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Workout Buddies – Helpful or Hindering?

4 thoughts on “Workout Buddies – Helpful or Hindering?

  • May 5, 2012 at 11:54 am
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    Thank you for writing about this subject. I found your article to be very insightful. I recently began a quest to get into the best shape of my life along with my best friend. It’s great having someone to go to the gym with to keep you motivated! My friend and I meet up at the gym almost everyday and lately she has been offering up excuse after excuse as to why she can’t get through a full workout. They have been anything from not getting a good nights rest to muscle pain. She too wants to get into great shape and I don’t want to leave her behind, but I feel like I am losing the muscle mass and endurance I’ve worked so hard for because of the fact that I want to be a good friend and be supportive of my friend and progress along as she does into better physical fitness. So on these “excuse days” I just do some light jogging with her on days we are supposed to do upper or lower body workouts… What should I do? I kind of feel as though they are genuine excuses, but at the same time I kind of want to go to the gym early and get my own workout in before my friend arrives and possibly flakes out on me. It’s such a waste of my time to get there, ready to work out, only to be faced with another excuse as to why we can’t get a good workout in…

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    • May 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm
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      Hey there! I have seen this with my clients and have been through it myself. It’s one thing to want to get in shape it’s another thing to push yourself to get there. Do you notice if she makes excuses when you’re supposed to be doing a certain type of workout? Like when you’re supposed to be doing weight training or intervals?

      If she doesn’t feel like doing the planned workout you shouldn’t feel obligated to just jog to keep her company. She can jog if she’d like but you should follow through with your workout as planned. You may even motivate her to push through it herself if you stick to your plan. Some people fall off track and just need to be guided back by someone.

      Let me know how it goes and if you need anything else workout wise, I’m always happy to help 🙂

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