What makes a good workout partner? You have probably asked yourself this question in between sprints, push-ups, and chaturangas. To help elevate your workout experience, we’ve broken down the top four qualities to look for in a partner.

P.S. – we mean workout partner, but these would probably work for a life partner, too, let’s be real.

Accountability

One word – “accountabilibuddy”. Oh you can’t find that in the dictionary? Was “bootylicious” in the dictionary when Beyoncé first said it? No, so take note, because  “accountabilibuddy” will be there by the end of this year. Why? Because a good workout partner (or buddy) will hold you accountable to your workouts and make sure you show up. Let’s face it, when you have someone else relying and counting on you, you’re going to show up. You have to have the integrity to show up, and give it a go.

We’re fortunate enough to have a tribe of accountabilibuddies in our Peerfit Spotters. We encourage each other to show up, be present, and engage others in our mission to #redefinewellness. There are benefits to working out with a partner, too. One study found 95% of those who started a program with pals stuck with it, versus 76% of those who embarked by themselves.

Combat “gymtimidation”

Sometimes walking into a new studio or class can feel like the first day of high school.  Where do I change? Do they have extra hair ties? Do they have a water fountain? (By the way, this answer should always be yes!) Though we should always be looking to make friends with others in our class, a friendly face can take away some anxiety the first few times, thereby combating “gymtimidation”. Your workout partner is a built in-buffer, or  “your person”, as Christina Yang would say. Find your person, and stick with them. Also, if you notice that someone else is new, say hi, show them the ropes, remember your first day – we’ve all been there. After all, strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet.   (Side note: we are not encouraging anyone to take candy from strangers, that’s still a no, folks).

Push it, push it real good.

A good partner will be on the same beat as you and is going to push you. They’ll help you add that extra .5 to your treadmill pace, do the extra rep, fight through what seems like endless burpees, and hold that pulsing a little longer.  If you’re lucky, your workout partner will be your best friend and/or your coworker, or your fellow froyo or pizza connoisseur. They’ll be the person to say, “You can do better, try again.” They’ll be right, and you will.

Whether it was a bad day at work, the dog peed on the carpet, or you’re on a juice cleanse (bless you), a good gym partner won’t judge you when you aren’t yourself. They will be supportive, and they’ll acknowledge that even though you may not have had the best day, you still showed up. Showing up is half of the battle. They’ll pat you on the back, give you a fist bump, and maybe even share their post-workout snack with you.

Just for fun

We should always strive to have fun, even when working out. Though sometimes working out can seem anything but, having your pals there can always lighten the mood. Have fun, push through that partner sprint challenge, and laugh after with your partner about the fact that you may not be able to walk tomorrow. Well, you’ll walk, but probably like Bambi two minutes after being born.

Chances are, even if you and your workout partner like the same workouts, you’ll both want to try new things. Explore your options. Agree to go to a new a studio with your buddy one to two times a month, and you can rotate off who gets to choose your next studio adventure. It’s fun, and you’ll have that built-in buddy for a buffer and support.

Above all, a good workout partner will inspire you to do more, go further, and be the best version of you that you can be. We built our mission on the premise that co-workers make some of the best workout partners out there.

Author

Alexandra Markopoulos is the Director of Client Services for Peerfit. She is passionate about connecting and empowering the community and is happiest when in collaboration with others. When not consuming mass quantities of doughnuts or chicken tenders, you can find her sweating around town, with her favorite class being Circuit, at CAMP, in Tampa, FL.

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