It can be hard to tell people that you want to get into shape. If you’re not the fittest guy on the block right now, it’s easier to let people think that you’re happy the way you are than to ask someone to go with you when you hit the gym. However, if you can muscle past that initial discomfort and actually ask someone (who’s around your fitness level) to go with you to conquer fitness once and for all you’re going to wind up with better, faster results, and more. Take a look at these perks of bringing your buddy to the gym.
Keep Yourself Accountable
The first and most obvious perk is that it keeps you on track. You can’t exactly slack off on Monday when you know that you’re going to be meeting your friend at the gym for a weigh in on Wednesday. You want to impress him, and you also want to impress yourself. It’s a lot easier to use the idea of measuring up to keep you on the straight and narrow. Honestly, it’s not always just about having the will. Sometimes you need external motivation, and that doesn’t mean you don’t have it in you. Just because you’re taking the hard way and working out doesn’t mean you have to take the hard way in everything.
Help out for Difficult Workouts
Working out with a friend can encourage you to push harder, but it can also encourage you to do things that you’ve never done before. If you’ve always wanted to lift the heavy weights but you’ve never had the chance because you don’t have a spotter, now’s your chance. If you think that you just can’t do something, here he comes to let you know that he’s got your back. Both the figurative and literal support that he can offer you can be key to turning things around and actually getting work done in the gym.
Take a Class Together
Fitness classes are an amazing way to try new things. You can get a good foundation in a fitness routine that will let you know whether or not this is something worth perusing for you. However, it can be tough to walk into a fitness class as someone whose personal fitness journey is just beginning and try to fit in. That’s why it’s great to bring in a buddy; you won’t feel alone, and when you don’t feel alone you can actually concentrate on the class itself. You’re going to perform better and get a better feel for what you can do when you’re not hung up on how self conscious you are or how awkward you feel.
Have Someone to Encourage
Believe it or not, the things that you say to make someone else feel better will also make you feel better. When your buddy starts complaining about not getting ripped as fast as he thinks he should, you can take him aside and let him know that he’s earned every step of progress that he has so far, and he’s going to earn the rest of it too. This not only makes him feel better, but it reminds you that things don’t happen overnight. Sometimes this is a message that you need to hear as much as he does.
Strengthen Your Friendship
Lastly, if you do this right you’re going to make the best friend of your life. There’s going to be no one who knows you better than the guy who goes to the gym with you. He’s seen you at your worst; sweaty, tired, disheveled, and defeated. There are going to be days when you don’t make your fitness goals and you’ll feel terribly. He’s seen all that, but he knows that you went back the next day and kicked butt, and that’s the guy who knows the real you.