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Finding a Workout Partner


As discussed under the topic of Benefits of Having a Workout Partner, engaging in a fitness routine with a workout partner has many benefits that will aide in the obtainment of your personal fitness goals. However, it is even more important that you find the correct workout partner. Finding the correct workout partner can be a lot more difficult than it seems. 

First, you need to find a workout partner with fitness interests similar to your own. Finding a good workout partner is no different than finding an appropriate spouse or friend - you need to have things in common. One of the primary benefits of a workout partner is that they push you to work a little harder than if you were doing it alone. Thus, if a workout partner is going to push you and motivate you to work harder towards the achievement of your personal fitness goals, then there needs to be a common bond of friendship and respect between the two of you.

Finding and working out with the incorrect workout partner can lead to a lack of motivation, injury, and even abandonment of your fitness goals altogether.

Where to Find a Partner


The first place most individuals look to for a workout partner is their immediate family and relatives. If your spouse is interested in participating in a fitness program and they have similar goals, you may have already found the right person. You may have an older child that is interested in working out with you as well. One word of caution is that conflicts can arise when your workout partner is someone so intertwined in your life. For instance, a spouse may be more inclined to say that they have had a hard day at work, and that they are going to skip their workout today. Likewise, your child may get caught up in their social life and create inconsistencies in your workout routine. 

More distant relatives may be a better place to start, as their lives are usually not so intertwined with yours. Simply discuss the possibilities of working out together with any of the relatives that you feel could be a match. If you both have similar fitness goals, are both able to commit the same amount of time to a fitness program, and are both available to work out on the same days at the same times, then you may have found your ideal workout partner. In addition, it is important that you work out with a partner that is generally positive and has a good attitude. If either you or your workout partner has a poor attitude, the workout routine will be doomed to fail.

Your place of work is another place to look for a workout partner. Often times, a coworker can be the ideal fitness partner. First, your lives are not so intertwined. Second, they work at the same location as you and quite often, the same hours. This scenario creates the ability to work out together before work, during lunch or immediately after work. In addition, there will most likely be a higher level of professional respect, thus creating an environment where neither of you will cancel on the other. One point of consideration is the nature of the professional relationship at work. For instance, is your workout partner your superior, your equal, or your subordinate? In some cases, it is best to find a workout partner outside your department. 

Choosing the Best Partner for Success


One of the best places to find a workout partner is at the fitness center where you exercise. Obviously, the individuals at the fitness center have committed to taking an active interest in their personal fitness. Be friendly, accessible and engage in conversation with individuals that you view as like-minded.  This approach has a high chance of success because the individuals in the fitness center have already made a time and effort commitment to their health. The probability that they will procrastinate about working out is lowered as well. 

Remember not to settle for just anyone. As discussed earlier, one of your goals is to find a workout partner that is reasonably close to you in terms of athletic ability. In addition, if you partner with someone that doesn't have the same passion, interest or fitness goals as you, you may find yourself looking for another workout partner very soon. It is important to remember that when you have a workout partner, they are just as important to you as you are to them. Stated another way, a team is only as strong as its weakest link, and when there are only two links - you and your partner - the relationship is fragile. Taking the time to find the ideal workout partner can make all the difference in the obtainment of your personal fitness goals. 

Defining a Workout Approach Together


It is also important to discuss and define the workout approach that you and your new workout partner are going to take. For example, take the time to discuss exactly what type of workout you are going to be doing, and the rate at which you want to increase the intensity of the workout regimen. 

It is important to remain open-minded and remember that the workout routine is not set in stone. Having a workout program that is dynamic and ever-changing is an excellent way to keep your body off balance (in a positive way). In fact, this approach often produces results at a faster rate.

However, by having a rough outline of the overall workout routine, you and your partner will be able to project where you will both be in terms of physical fitness in the near future. In fact, you can use this approach to forecast your results (i.e. "if we work this hard for this long, we should reach this level of capability").

Probably the single most important criteria to remember in choosing a workout partner is that you are a team, and that you and your workout partner are both pushing for the same goals. Lean on them when you need to, and help them when they need assistance, while never losing sight of your own personal fitness goals. Finally, having a workout partner is an excellent motivator because it facilitates competition. Although you are both members of the same workout team, why not push each other by trying to get to your personal fitness goals first?