How To Find A Workout Buddy
For some women, working out solo is treasured me-time - a chance to quiet the noise of the world and focus on yourself. For others, it can feel hard to sustain motivation when working out alone.
One way to combat this is to find a workout buddy to help keep you training regularly. Having a workout buddy has lots of perks: it’s someone who can keep you motivated, on track, and won’t let you bail when you’re considering skipping the session - not to mention the added fun, laughs and encouragement.
The best part? The workout can double up as a friendly catch-up, which means you get your exercise in and have quality time with your friend. Win-win!
How to find a workout partner and get the most out of training together
Finding a workout buddy starts with one simple action: asking if anyone would be interested! You could start by asking your friends, family, colleagues or acquaintances if they want to partner up with you to exercise, or even mention it in a social media post. You might be surprised by how many people respond!
It pays to mention if you already have a certain training style you’re interested in doing, but if not, joining forces with a workout buddy is an awesome chance to try something new together.
If you want to expand your horizons, why not join a fitness group online?
Whether the group is specific to a style of exercise or a program, joining a group of like-minded people such as the Sweat community, means you instantly have something in common to discuss and bond over, with the added bonus of encouragement and support - both important elements of your fitness journey.
You might feel motivated being part of a community of women from around the world, or inspired by working out with people who live in your state, city or region.
If you find the group you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you could consider starting your own or creating a post in the Community tab of the Sweat app. It could lead to incredible friendships and a fantastic support network.
Don’t worry if you can’t meet up in person
If you’re working out at home, live in different areas or can’t meet up in person, you and your workout partner can still exercise together! Set a time to work out together over a video call — your location is no barrier.
Schedule your sessions
Keeping to a regular schedule is one way to get the most out of having a workout partner. Whether you’re meeting in person or online, choose a time that works for both of you each week. If you’re meeting in person, ensure you find a space big enough for both of you, plus any equipment you’ll be using.
If you’ve been wanting to try working out in the morning, this could be a way to create a new healthy routine by scheduling exercise first thing.
Making the most out of your lunch break by working out with a friend is also a great way to re-energise for the afternoon ahead. If you’re in different time zones, your Sweat session could even be a fun opportunity to catch up during different parts of the day!
You can use the Planner feature in the Sweat app to schedule the sessions you want to do with your workout partner.
Try a few different times to see what works best for both you and your workout partner. It’s a great way to spend time with a friend no matter where they are!
Take it outside
Not having any luck finding a buddy, or don’t have a big enough space at home for two? Exercising outdoors can be another great way to make your workouts more social and allow you to make the most out of public spaces!
Whether you opt for a local park or travel a little further for a change of scenery — beach or lakeside can be great options — an outdoor workout is also good for your mind as well as your vitamin D intake.
There are lots of ways to improvise if you’re exercising in the great outdoors with a friend — simply look for safe places where you can roll out your mat and do a workout together!
If you want to get in a low-intensity cardio workout, look for hiking trails or walks you can do together — having a great view at the end of your session is an amazing way to reward you both for completing a workout.
Share and be rewarded
Sharing your journey on social media isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great way to widen your network, hold yourself accountable, meet new people with similar interests, and celebrate your achievements and fitness goals.
If you pledge on social media that you and your workout partner have plans to accomplish something new, beat personal bests or complete a workout, you’ll have a community around you to encourage you and ensure you see it through.
“Some days I turn my music up really loud, chuck on my favourite workout gear and upload a story saying I'm going to train,” says FIERCE trainer Chontel Duncan. “Something about these three steps builds hype and gets me going!”
As your journey progresses, you’ll likely find yourself with your very own cheer squad, supporting your every move.
Challenge each other
Are you someone who likes a bit of healthy competition to keep you on your toes?
Use that to your advantage by making a challenge for you and your buddy. It could be to smash a personal best, up the number of reps in a workout or do more steps in a day. Choose a challenge that is specific to you and your friend and in line with your fitness goals.
You could each take turns in running your workouts and choosing what the focus of the training session will be — you might decide one session is all about glutes, while your friend plans an at-home ab workout the next time you exercise together.
Want to Sweat together? Invite your friend to join the same Sweat program as you by using the "Sweat with a friend" button — you'll see it when you earn a trophy or in the profile section of the app.
The trick is to make your workouts fun and exciting to keep you feeling interested and motivated to show up each day.
Your workout partner is waiting for you!
No matter how or when you connect with your workout buddy and whether they’re a friend or part of the Sweat Community, the key is to hold each other accountable to your exercise plans and have fun, while still making great progress on your fitness journey.
Looking for more ways to get the most out of your workouts? Check out the 50 top workout tips from our Sweat Trainers!
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.