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Fit Tip: Run With a Stranger at the Gym

When I step onto a treadmill at the gym, some days I'm just not feeling very motivated to push myself. I'm sure this happens to you too, so you should give this little game a try.

Find someone on a treadmill that looks like they're working hard and pretend you're running with them. It's great inspiration to feed off their fire, and you'll be surprised at how suddenly you have a burst of energy. I find that I can run longer or faster when I'm mock running with someone else.

This of course works for any cardio machine, so the next time you're feeling sluggish, use someone else's drive and passion to pep you up.


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AMP AMP 9 years
Ahh, I've found myself doing this a few times! It really gets me into a good rhythm, so its so good for my workout. I think its really funny that I usually find myself pacing a guy a foot taller than me. I love knowing that I'm running at such a faster pace for my shorty legs to keep up with his long ones.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I did this exactly once and the guy I was "chasing" looked at me like I was stalking him, so I stopped. It does have kind of a "creep-out" factor to it. When I'm out running in the street, I like running after people that are also out's kinda fun to "race" them for a while.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
I do it on the track sometimes to one particular man... he looks like a marathon runner and sprints for like three miles, no joke.. I decided to try and run with him once around the track and I about passed out! Yes, I did get a strange look from him. Haha, never again, but it's a good idea when you find someone who is going about the same pace as you! :)
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Cielochic, I totally do that too! I wonder if they notice me looking at their screen to see how I'm doing in comparison. But it really does boost you up in terms of wanting to go harder than them!
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
I don't go to a gym but I do this when I run outdoors. I pick a person who is ahead of me and try to lap them.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hahaha this is amusing...
michlny michlny 9 years
so funny! i'm so competitive, i do this ALL THE TIME!! Even if I run outside! It's a great motivator!!
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
Ugh I HATE it when people do this to me!!!! It used to happen all the time at my college rec center
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Hahaha. I always end up glancing at the people who walk and get tired.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
This always happens, especially if I get on after the other person does. If I'm feeling like getting off the treadmill early, I tell myself "how stupid will I look if the first runner stayed on and the second one got off earlier than him/her?" I also speed up when my neighbor speeds up so I don't feel like I'm going too slow.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
:ROTFL: I do this ALL the time! Mainly because I go to the gym alone, and also because it's like a race. I can really push myself because I don't want to stop running first!
chloe777 chloe777 9 years
yes, this is a great tip! but sometimes i end up being in sync with the other person, which can tend to be a little bit awkward, but whatever! oh and LOL at the caption!! did you make that fitsugar?
CieloChic CieloChic 9 years
Done that and it works. Except that I resist glancing over to their screen, I am tempted to see what's their speed and then try to get there. Bit of intrusive, really, if you're caught!
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