A very important part of the health and fitness experience is the social aspect. You’re in a space, surrounded by people who have more or less come to the same decision that you have about leading a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing life.
If you’re really lucky, you’ll find someone that you click with, and want to develop a symbiotic gym relationship with. Enter the gym buddy.
Here are some qualities you should look for in a prospective gym buddy:
As ideal as it would be, everyday can’t be an A-game day – long days at work, not enough sleep, lost clients, and all other things that just make you feel like skipping the gym to curl up in the fetal position and resume a Netflix binge. However, setting appointments ahead of time with the right gym buddy ensures that you’ll show up, and that you’ll give your best effort while you’re there. The key to being a good gym buddy is showing up on time and being ready to work no mater what.
There are a lot of people out there who are self-motivated. However, there’s a lot to be said for a source of external motivation that you can draw from when you’re running on empty. The gym buddy is the person who pushes you past your limits, the one who makes you add the extra weight, the one who makes you go for another set if it looks like you have more left in you. If you’re across the room coming down on your last 30 seconds of the circuit and they start belting out “Eye of the Tiger,” then you have found the elusive, perfect gym buddy.
3. Good Spotter
“DONT TOUCH THE WEIGHT!!” But don’t let me die either. One of the main factors in strength and aesthetic gains is simply working past your actual capacity. In order to effectively do this, you need someone present to “spot” or assist you in your workout. It’s bare minimum assistance, but of great importance when you’re coming down to the last few strenuous reps that stimulate the biggest changes in your body.
4. Takes Initiative
In general, it’s not the best idea to go through life hanging out with sheeple (you know, people who just do whatever they’re told and follow others blindly, sheep-people). It can be especially detrimental to your fitness goals if you’re not partnered with someone who is just as, if not more, ambitious than you. They have to come with their own goals, ideas for workouts, desire to learn more, and be willing to alternate the lead on setting dates and times.
You will have many gym buddies in your lifetime, but each one is essential to your growth in some way. Being in your 20somethings is the perfect time to explore your perfect gym-match options.
What do you look for in a workout buddy? Have you found “the one”? Comment below!