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Have you ever thought about training with a buddy, or your partner, or joining some group training sessions? If not, you should, it can be REALLY beneficial. Below are a few things that might sway you…

  • Motivation is the key one. You are more likely to get out of bed and train, if you know someone is there waiting for you! You will be letting someone else down, not just yourself if you don’t turn up!
  • If you train with a friend, you can always try something different – eg 1 day you choose the exercise (ie a jog), the next session your training buddy can choose something (ie swim), go to a fitness class together – keep it interesting. Always doing something different is a great way to challenge your body as well.
  • Motivation & encouragement to push each other to achieve the results you want to achieve
  • Motivation to push each other at each session – they will make you train harder
  • Competition – there is nothing wrong with a bit of friendly competitive spirit between training partners! You always train harder when you train with someone else – you get that extra push!
  • It’s harder to make excuses when it’s not just you!

Make sure you choose your training partner carefully…

  • You need to find someone with the same goals as you. Someone who is available at the same time to train – eg Morning, lunchtime or evening training.
  • You need to find a training partner that will push you when exercising, but then you will also need to push them.
  • You also want to have a training partner that will encourage you to eat healthy and will make sure you turn up to your training sessions.
  • You want a training partner that will be committed for the long term, not just a couple of weeks. Eating healthy and exercising is a life style change, not just a fad!
  • Having a workout buddy is the best! It nearly makes exercise fun, I know I enjoy it more, and you push each other to go that little bit further.

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  • My walking Buddy has moved away :(

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  • I definitely need someone to motivate me at times

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  • Training with a buddy is great if they are committed just like you but I also think it’s great if you become buddies as you are in the same class at the same time and meet at the gym or vice versa because then you will both have your own goals and won’t be too reliant on each other saying I’ll go if you go – you know they will already be going. I have lost many training buddies over the years as they weren’t as dedicated as me and that’s ok. I’m still on my journey but if I was ‘waiting’ for them – I’d still be waiting….

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  • I agree, since teaming up with a friend to exercise more it’s more fun, we challenge each other, love it.

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  • Great article. Thanks for an interesting read.

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  • I have the best of intentions when it comes to exercising, but motivation disappears after a week or two. Doesn’t matter if it’s regular walking, going to the gym, whatever, I pike out after a couple of weeks. I’ll have to find someone to “buddy” with me, coz if I’m accountable to someone else, I’m more likely to keep doing it.

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  • It’s always easier to stay motivated when someone else is doing it with you.

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  • I think everyone loves the extra encouragement and motivation when having a traiing buddy

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  • I agree. I always train better with a partner.

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  • I always find it disadvantageous because if they don’t go then I don’t either

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  • really does keep you going

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  • Far too embarrassing..

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  • The competitiveness of training with a friend or group of friends is what keeps me motivated!

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  • Training with buddies would definitely helps my motivation!

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