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Working Out With A Friend

Benefits of Working Out with a Friend

Friends can provide an extra boost of motivation when it gets tough. Everyone has those days when they just don’t feel like going to the gym and those times when they want to call it quits, friends can offer encouragement to keep you going. Just be sure to return the favor.

You'll be more motivated.

Don't feel like working out sometimes? It's one thing to cancel plans with yourself but it's another to cancel on your friend—someone who's counting on you. You're much more likely to meet your friend for a planned workout session compared to tentative plans you made with yourself for, say, sometime work.

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: Your athletic abilities should be in the same ballpark. A more seasoned gym-goer won't get as much out of working out with a newbie. "If you're on the same level, you can push each other. Your partner is your affordable personal trainer. Maybe you’ve been thinking about hiring a personal trainer but just don’t have room in your budget for a series of solo sessions; a friend might be able to help. Hiring a personal trainer for the both of you will lighten your individual cost and as long as you and your friend are at similar fitness levels with related goals, the session should be just as beneficial as a one-on-one appointment.


Working out with a friend means you have a built in spotter. Your buddy can count reps, check your form and help you make adjustments before they become painful mistakes.

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