Several months ago I decided working out with a friend was going to help me along in my fitness goals. There was motivation, accountability, and someone to laugh with when someone at the gym did something worth giggling about. Besides, as an avid reader of all things fitness, a workout partner was just what I needed to keep me on track. A co-worker who had her own fitness goal decided to join the same chain of gyms I belonged to, so this was going to work! We decided on a schedule and met one another every day for a round of circuit training. I had talked constantly about how awesome my trainer was, so my co-worker signed up with her as well. We were going to get fit together!
We were such large talkers in the beginning! We were going to accomplish our goals together, we were going to spot one another on the leg press machine, we were going to huff and puff around the gym together, we were unstoppable. Our partnership lasted only a few weeks. Our schedules changed, circumstances changed, one of us (me) got sick, and our workout schedule struggled. Eventually, we failed, and we both stopped going.
After two months of not doing anything, I decided I would benefit going back to the gym, with or without anyone else. I figured I was a big girl, I could do this! I started out on my own, why not continue on my own? I got into a routine of hitting the gym early in the mornings, right when I got off of work. This plan is working better than any of my other plans combined, and there were a lot. When I began this journey my intent was to rule the world. I crashed and burned, but I brushed myself off and got right back into it. One day, sweating and panting on a stationary bike, I realized why I didn’t miss a workout partner:
- I could listen to my music and not have to worry about holding a conversation;
- I didn’t have to feel self-conscious when I couldn’t keep up with her on an elliptical;
- I didn’t have to work around anyone’s schedule (other than my own);
- It was easier to count reps and keep track what I was doing when I wasn’t holding a conversation.
Always do what works best for you. Some people need workout partners and others don’t. Whatever makes it possible to get a good workout in, go for it!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013