Today I got thinking about the pro’s and cons of having a workout partner. In many respects a workout partner becomes family. You see them on a near enough daily basis, you spend time together where many people would be uncomfortable. You push and support each other.
Things can get tricky with workout partners though. This is especially true if you aren’t after the same goals.
For most people, these are the main benefits of working out together:
- You have somebody to support you
- You never feel lonely in the gym
- If you need a spot you don’t have to ask a stranger
- Whilst you finish your set your partner can secure the next bench / machine / barbel
- Motivation – you never want to let your partner down
Depending on who you work out with, one of the below could become an issue:
- Different goals – Differing workouts
- Differing views – depending on how you take this; it could spell arguments
- Inflexibility when it comes to workout times
- Spending all your time training your partner instead of focusing on yourself
When the going gets tough…
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller
When it starts getting tough with your workout partner, remember why you agreed to it in the first place. There may be certain things that bug you, be it you train your partner more than yourself or you feel you have to try to hard to make your timetable more flexible for them.
At the end of the day you started this because it was meant to be a great way to stay in shape. If you’re still going to the gym with the same partner then it means it was a success.
Stop being a big baby, man up and get back into the gym and prove to yourself that you are stronger than you were before. Shortly after you will realise it was all worth it!