A discussion recently got me thinking about why I workout alone. I know that there are many benefits to working out with a partner. I realize that there are benefits to group exercise (which I do participate in from time to time). I, on the other hand, pretty much always work out alone. I’ve never thought about why until now.
I grew up a very skinny, very bullied kid. When I first started working out it was attempt to be less skinny and bullied. I would go into the gym at odd times when there were very few people lifting so that I wouldn’t be ashamed of my lack of strength around the big muscly guys. Silly, I know, but it was my reason. As I got stronger and more secure with myself at the gym, I began trying to work out with partners. I never got used to it. Every time my workout partner would push me to do more, to give one more set, to give one more rep, it never sat well with me.
Another reason that I work out alone is that it quiets my mind. I stress over many things in my life, work, and home and the only time that I’m not stressed out is when I’m stressing my body. I get in, put in my hour or so of work and I can go on with the rest of my day. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who feels like that.
This is not to discount work out partners, studies have shown that many people have greater success and gains when they work out with a partner or in a group. I understand that, but for me it’s all solo. All zen. All by myseeeeeeeelf.
Get your work out in, people.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013