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Do You Prefer to Work Out Alone or With a Friend?

I like to run by myself. Running and chatting makes it too hard for me to breathe. I do, however, love biking with a friend or friends. I also like to make fitness dates with friends to meet at yoga classes.

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ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
If I'm at the gym, then I need to have a friend to motivate me. But if I'm running, I need to be alone to focus on pace and breathing
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 8 years
I work out best alone, prefer it too!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
100% by myself. I'm super diva about that actually.
angelina8023 angelina8023 8 years
I prefer to do core and a little cardio alone. However, I love taking yoga, pilates, and kickboxing classes. It's quite motivating.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I only work out alone because all of my friends tend to whine too much. I went running once with my sister and she started whining after only about a mile and a half saying she wanted to go home and was too tired. So she took a different path and headed back while I finished my run. And forget working out with my husband...that ALWAYS turns into a giant whine-fest: "I'm TIRED! I'm STARVING! This bike ride SUCKS! How much LONGER??" And that's only at the usually gets worse after a couple of miles, lol.
AmyAmes1031 AmyAmes1031 8 years
I like to work out alone at the gym. But walking/running I like to have a friend with me. Because of safety reasons and it makes time go by so fast when someone is with you.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
I only like to run alone, because that's my 'alone' time and it's good for thinking or listening to music. But otherwise, I love to not notice I'm exercising, aka playing tennis or going to spinning classes with my friends.
wren1 wren1 8 years
My bf and I have been working out together recently, and it's been the best! Makes the time go by much faster, and he keeps me going.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
It depends, sometimes I think I get a better, more intense workout when I am by myself; other times, I think having someone there motivates me to keep going..It's a toss up.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
i grew up doing team sports, but i greatly prefer solo workouts.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
idawson idawson 8 years
being alone does not bother me but sometimes i like the company. at times when i am by myself i feel i can concentrate better
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 8 years
I don't mind going with someone but doing our own routines. But when my friend and I ended up taking the same spinning class, it was great! We motivated each other to go and got really close by seeing each other those extra two nights a week. Still, I like working out in classes with strangers and getting to know them because it is a little reminder that you're committed to the class and keep coming back!
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
i'd love to work out. and, i can't do it alone or i'll lost interest fast. it's definitely better to exercise with a friend or two.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 8 years
Alone actually, it's more calming. I get to be with my thoughts and just focus on getting fit. Besides, my friends dont like working out. I wanted them to join me in strength and conditioning in High School, they weren't up for it.
yellowshoe yellowshoe 8 years
I think there was recently a quiz similar to this, so I probably gave the same answer... I have to go alone. My friend and I joined the gym together, and started going together, but it was to the point where I was going twice a day because she did not like to do anything, and would want to leave right away. It was so frustrating! Not the going twice a day part, but the wasting time part. Some of my other friends know the classes I take, so sometimes they will show up, but that is fine because they show up early to take a difficult class and get a good work out, so I know they aren't going to try and convince me to leave early like my other friend would. I don't mean to sound negative... it's just that I really need to stay focused with my workouts.
AMP AMP 8 years
I've been trying to workout with people so it will get me up in the morning. I have no prayer of getting out of bed if I'm working out solo. But I definitely get no where near as good of a workout if I'm with someone. I've been noticing that and it really kinda bums me out. I just can't push myself when I have someone else there, not sure why. I guess I just have to keep up the two a day workouts, once in the morning so I actually get out of bed, even if it is for a mild workout, and once at night where I go it solo and push myself hard.
Cebca Cebca 8 years
In the gym, alone, yoga definitely alone - the class is great but it's distracting if you have friends there cause you always want to check out what they're doing. But swimming, definitely with a friend. You can't talk under the water so you still work just as hard on your laps but swimming alone is SO BORING and I won't push myself as hard unless I have someone else to make sets with and decide on goals. Then a half hour of social kick at the end is the best!
lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
Alone. Otherwise I get distracted and don't keep up with my routine.
Anais18 Anais18 8 years
I work out by myself, but sometimes my boyfriend joins me for a walk :-)
sassymolassy sassymolassy 8 years
I like to go the gym alone so I don't have to try to coordinate machines, timing, etc. I can just do what I want when I want. When it comes to running, I used to think that running alone was the only way to go (other than hs track practice), but about a year ago I started running with a local group to meet people and now I couldn't go back. My running time is when I get to hang out with my friends AND get a great workout in at the same time. Although I still do enjoy the occasional solo run. I say, whatever works best for you...keep on truckin'!
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
Alone. Working out with friends or my boyfriend is distracting because they either want to talk (and not bust their a$$ working out) or they want to leave after 45 mins. I'm a 2 hour gym girl.
moonlite moonlite 8 years
Definitely alone! I'm around people all day and I get sick of it, work outs and showers are my alone time.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
If I'm running, I'd really prefer to be alone. And I discovered that yoga is not the time to have my friends around, either. We make each other giggle too much. But for lifting weights and cardio classes, it's a lot of fun to have them with me. :)
Ana-Romanelli Ana-Romanelli 8 years
Well, if it's something i must be more concentrated, i prefer do it by myself. But if it's something like run or another stuff i do around here that i don't know how to say in english, than i prefer have a friend to talk.
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