The buddy system isn’t just for little kids crossing the street! Here’s why hitting the gym with a pal is a good idea, according to Men’s Fitness experts.
1. You’ll be more motivated
Don’t feel like working out after work? It’s one thing to cancel plans with yourself but it’s another to cancel on your friend—someone who’s counting on you. “No one wants to be Debbie Downer by bailing and letting down your friend,” says Steve Stonehouse, the Personal Training Manager at Crunch gym in New York City, for MEn’s Fitness. You’re much more likely to meet your friend for a planned workout session at 6 p.m. compared to tentative plans you made with yourself for, say, sometime after lunch.
We may add that cancelling on your friend is less likely to happen rather than giving second thoughts about about your gym appointment.
2. Your workouts can be more fun
News flash: The treadmill and the bench press aren’t the most exciting ways to pass the time. With a partner, you can get your heart racing in more interesting ways. Which is a good fact since the number one advice to avoid plateau at gym is to change up your workout every now and then. More often you spice up your workout, the better your body is going to respond.
3. You’ll work out harder
Whenever you’re working out with someone else, the intensity is always going to be great than when you’re alone. One key tip when picking your partner, which we can’t stress enough especially if you want that to be the perfect one, is your athletic abilities should be in the same ballpark. In other words, your gym skills should match your partner’s. A more seasoned gym-goer won’t get as much out of working out with a newbie.
4. You’ll finally be able to afford a personal trainer
Sharing a cheeseburger is cheaper than buying one yourself. The same math applies when it comes to a personal trainer. At many gyms a one-on-one session costs almost double than a session with a partner. We are seeing more and more partner training, many for financial reasons alone.
5. You’ll always have a spotter
Never again will you have to approach a random stranger and ask him to spot you, or to count your own reps. But the most important advantage is that you won’t have to worry about forced reps anymore. Do you remember the last time you were on the bench press and you are thinking to stop because you are not sure you can make the next rep? That is a forced rep and with a spotter you don’t have to worry about that and even push your limits.
6. Your friends will be thinner
Researchers at Harvard University found that obesity can spread like an infectious disease. The experts found also that a person’s risk of becoming obese rises by two percent for every five obese social contacts they have. So why not boosting your friends network with healthier and eager to workout people, and what a more pleasant place to spend time with them than not in a gym!