Four Steps to Creating a Successful Workout Partnership
Monday, February 22, 2016
There can be many barriers to overcome when building a successful fitness program. The willpower to get to the gym, finding motivation to get through a tough workout, and maintaining long-term interest can affect the success of your plan. Achieving your fitness goals can be even more difficult when working alone. Training with a partner can help you overcome these barriers. Here are four steps to creating a successful workout partnership:
Accountability - It can be hard to stick to a fitness program. Everyone has days where all you want to do is lay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. During times when motivation is lacking, having a committed workout partner is beneficial. Fight temptations as a team by holding each other accountable to the program. A simple text or email the day before a planned workout may be all your partner needs to stay committed.
Finding the right partner - Finding a workout partner who shares similar training interests provides a foundation to build a successful workout plan. If four-hour bike rides do not interest you, find a partner who would rather attend a 45 minute spin class. If barbell training in the middle of the weight room is too intimidating, grab a partner who would rather try a circuit workout of body weight exercises. If time is an issue, choosing a partner with a similar family situation can allow you to share a babysitter or workout together when the YMCA’s Kids Korner is available.
Setting expectations – Before starting your workout partnership, set goals and expectations as individuals and as a team. Write down how often you will train together, including specific days and times of the week. Make notes of the types of workouts you will complete together, whether it’s group weight lifting classes, cycling classes, cardio interval training, etc. Consider scheduling an entire month of workouts at once. Setting expectations prior to beginning your workout partnership will greatly increase your likelihood of success.
Keep it fun and challenging – Author Dale Carnegie said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” Maintain a positive attitude towards your training partnership by incorporating fun workouts and monthly challenges. Play racquetball or basketball together, even if you have never played before. Using one stair-stepper and alternating partners as necessary, work together to see how fast you can climb 100 flights of stairs. Have a monthly push-up or plank contest to test your progress and challenge each other. Enjoy being creative and remember to celebrate your progress.
Although starting a new workout plan can be daunting, a training partner can make the process more enjoyable, rewarding, and successful. Take action and seek out a workout partnership. For more guidance on specific training plans and ideas, consult your local YMCA fitness professional.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
Workplace Wellness Coordinator & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist