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Fit Tip: Get a Fit Buddy

The other day I worked out with my sister-in-law, who is a personal trainer and very, very fit. I was nervous that she'd intimidate me, but instead, I was totally motivated by her drive and skills. Ordinarily I may not push myself because I have no point of reference when I am working out alone, but working out with a super-fit friend motivated me to workout just a little harder than I normally would.

I know that it could seem intimidating to get a fit buddy as a workout partner, but as long as your fit workout partner is a nice person, working out alongside her will challenge you to push your own limits (run a little faster, lift a little heavier weight, etc.).

You don't have to go as far as enlisting a personal trainer, but what about your friend who goes to the gym every other day? Or what about your brother who is a marathon runner? Maybe your husband could even be a fit buddy for you.

Then one day you could be the fit buddy that someone else needs to help them along in their own workout endeavors.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
One of the only reason why I get to the gym at 5:45am is because I know my girlfriend is going to be there and she would be pissed if I didn't show up. Same for her with me. We go because of each other and talk each other through our routines. Yesterday she dragged me to a spin class at 6am and as much as I hate to admit it, it was a lot of fun, even though my knee was acting up. Anyone know how to keep the knees from aching while taking spin class? I cycle every other day on the trails, and it doesn't hurt then. . . so I dunno.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
i enjoy having a work out partner.. makes it seem like not working out.. cuz you can talk and pass the time.. if im all alone... my ipod is my partner :)
workofiction workofiction 8 years
What a nice thought!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I wish I had a workout partner. I used to work out with my dog, but now that she's older, she protests. She will run with me about 1 mile, then she sits down on the pavement and absolutely refuses to run anymore. Similar things happen when I try to run with my husband: "Hon, are we DONE yet? Isn't 2 miles enough to run? I'm TIRED!!" I need to find someone who's as disciplined as I am so it's actually fun.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 8 years
My fiancé and I workout together all the time. We are both very fit and push each other pretty hard. It's a great way to stay accountable and make sure workouts aren't skipped.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
I did this recently, I ran with a freind who races all the time and is very disciplined. I told her I was slow, but she definitely pushed my pace. Not sure if we are going to make a date out of it or not.
laurini laurini 8 years
Just having a gm buddy that checks up on me and makes sure I don't skip the gym helps. I go to the same gym as a girl I work with, so when we both leave work we make sure to see each other at the gym. No skipping!
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
My problem is if I work out with some one more fit it sparks my competitive drive and I always push my self too hard.
ragus ragus 8 years
Its hard for me to find someone with my schedule so my bf has been asking to come with me, its great!
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