As part of a plan to reach your desired physique, you might decide that finding a workout partner is in order, both because the company will make your workouts more enjoyable, and also because when you know they will be there waiting for you to show up, you will be held accountable.
Having someone who is going to be there to support you throughout your highs and lows can prove to be very motivating to many individuals and at times, can be the single reason they stick with their program.
After you have made the decision that getting a workout partner is in order, the next step is finding one that is appropriate to your needs.
Here are the things you need to consider.
Reasons For Working Out
It's important to find a partner who has similar reasons for working out than you. By doing so, you will help to form a stronger bond between the two of you, thus deepening the connection you feel in terms of cheering each other on as you progress through.
For example, if you are really into gaining a good amount of muscle in the next four to five months, while your partner's main goal is to complete a full marathon, obviously you will be spending time in opposite sites of the gym. You will be headed in the direction of the free weights while your partner will be chained for hours to the cardio equipment.
While this partner may still provide you with the motivation to show up, it'll be hard to push each other through highs and lows since you will be experiencing different highs and lows with respect to your training. While they may try and understand what you're going through, since they aren't experiencing it first hand, it won't be quite the same.
The second key factor to think about is what kind of intensity they like to train with. Some people like to use their workouts largely for stress relief and socialization, while others are there to achieve their goals and get the results they are looking for.
Chances are, the person who is looking for stress relief and relaxation will be taking a much more moderate approach to their workouts while the one who is there for physique improvement will really be geared towards giving their all. This difference can cause for some problems because your goals, once again, are not quite along the same lines.
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This factor, while not essential, is likely something you'll also want to consider. It is a good idea to try and be on the same skill level, or at least around the same skill level, as your partner.
While you both definitely do not need to have the same strength levels, being as experienced with lifting and understanding the various training techniques can be helpful.
If you are much more experience for example, you might find yourself spending a great deal of time simply explaining principles rather than actually working out.
Some might be okay with doing so, but others, especially those who only have a limited time period to be in the gym, may struggle if such a thing is occurring.
Finally, the last thing you must consider is going to be obviously what your schedules are like. The obvious is making sure both can commit to a time to train together, but more importantly, and sometimes often forgotten about, is what time of the day you train the best.
If one of you always feels optimal working out first thing in the morning while the other person can hardly drag themselves out of bed, sure you might be able to find a time to train together, but this time likely won't be when you both are feeling best. One person will have to be in the gym at a time when they'd prefer not to be and this could create problems with them fully realizing their goals.
Most people aren't too picky with when they train, with the exception of very early morning or very late at night, but for those who are very intensely focused, this can be an important thing that needs to be thought about.
So, if you are considering finding a partner to workout with, as you should, especially if you are constantly lifting heavy weights as they can help spot you, make sure you take these factors into consideration.
Remember too that nothing says you can't have more than one workout partner. It can be almost better if there are a few people you work out with on a regular basis because then if one becomes ill or has other commitments that do force them to miss some sessions, you still have others there who will provide you with the support you need to keep up with your training.