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Speak Up: How Do Your Friends Distract You From Working Out?

There are only a couple of friends that I like to work out with because I know they like to work hard. Then there are others who'll go to the gym with me and would rather chitchat about their annoying boss or insensitive boyfriend, or how their dog chewed their favorite purse. I'm not saying I don't want to talk to my friends, but there's a time and a place for everything. Since I'm a working mom, I don't have a ton of extra time in my schedule, so I don't appreciate being distracted from my workouts.

How about you? How do your friends prevent you from getting in a good workout?


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hillamaria hillamaria 9 years
My friends go to more expensive gyms at this time, but we used to go together and they were really motivated. They're not that interested in gossiping, which is good because I'm not into that myself. I like to work out and have fun, rather than just hang out at the gym and chitchat.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No the few friends that I've worked out with are pretty hardcore like me.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
One of my friends just laughs through an entire workout video and another just doesn't do it or gets bored or too lazy really quickly. I need to workout alone but I really want someone to keep me company and to keep me motivated.
Smilesp Smilesp 9 years
I usually go alone. If I do go with someone, we basically just ride there together and then go our separate ways once inside. If I'm working out beside a friend then I feel obligated to talk to them and I'd rather listen to music.
Pi_Phi1772 Pi_Phi1772 9 years
I definitely prefer to zone out, and work out by myself. . . as long as I have my iPod.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i also don't work out with friends because they're too slow. i work out with my fiance occasionally, but it's more that we arrive and leave together than anything. i'm a gym lone wolf!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
To be really honest, none of my friends work out with me because I'm a lot more "hardcore" than they are. They tell me that I push them too hard, so I usually work out alone. I would work out with my husband, but he complains way too much.
missbooty missbooty 9 years
I've tried working out with my friends but they tend to go to easy classes like bodyjam and walk on the treadmill and half the time they don't show up...right now my gym is having a 1 month free trial so both my sisters and a couple of friends are coming with me...I love them...but the gym is ME time and I like to make the most of it, not stand around and chat (I'm very time orientated when I go there) I'm not sure what I'm going to do this month...
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
i usually go it alone...i like to just get into my zone and get a great workout. Even when i take my husband we dont talk, we just get on the machines, put our earphones on and get to work. I dont really care for the girls that go together and get onto the machines next to me and chat super loudly the whole time. My earphones cant even block it out and i totally hate it! :(
lizkiernan lizkiernan 9 years
I have a friend who trains with my husband at the gym. They started training together because he wanted to get bigger and my husband has a great understanding of nutrition and training since he was a really good wrestler. But whenever they go together, this guy will wander off and go say hi to people and chit-chat when he's supposed to be working in reps with my husband. I went over there and yelled at him once because he was wasting both of our time. And he tries to hug me after I've been on the treadmill and I'm terribly sweaty. Come to think of it, he hugs everyone
sammyli sammyli 9 years
I work out with my friends only once a week (it acts as my lightest workout) because I know we'll talk and not be working out as hard - but since it is my light day it's more like a treat
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
This is why I have gone alone forever. I did go with my roommate when I lived on campus at school. We worked well together, and we would always end up staying later and playing racquetball or something after our workouts. We knew when to talk and when to shut up.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
it's my mom who distracts me: we will get into a conversation either on the way to the gym or before we leave, and we end up wanting to continue it, so we decide to talk a power walk outside or walk on the treadmill instead so we can continue talking...and while it's great, i need a hard run to really feel successful in my workout
yellowshoe yellowshoe 9 years
I joined the gym with my friend, but I can't go with her to work out! When we would, I didn't get anything done. I feel bad, but I need to stay focused when I'm there.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
its okay though because i love spending time with my friends while doing something healthy.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i have friends who push me and friends that i have to push. the ones i have to push i am the one who sets the pace but on those days i pretty much expect that i won't be getting as good a now i had to add extra workouts during the week to make up for the 'easy' workouts with my friend.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Yes, a friend from the gym talks too much at times, he is nice and I enjoy talking to him, but I mostly want to workout...sometimes he just wont shut up!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I work out alone. I sometimes wish I had my friends there when its super packed but they'll probably just distract me and we'll end up laughing for about 2 1/2 hrs.
latent latent 9 years
my friends and I push each other when we're working new problems, but for sessions and weights, I'd rather be left alone with my shuffle.
AMP AMP 9 years
They don't b/c I don't allow them to. I only workout with those friends who I know are there to really work out. I have one friend who suggested we start going to the gym together and I flat out told her no. I tend to work out solo anyway, I like my alone time. But sometimes I need someone to push me so I will call a friend to go for a hike.
saradee saradee 9 years
i prefer to workout by myself because my friends are only interested in going for slow-paced walks. i'd rather be working up a real sweat solo!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I prefer to work out by myself. I hate it when people at the gym talk to me. Thankfully the ipod tends to cut that to a minimum. Most of my friends that I've gone to the gym with do just talk the whole time and I hate it! It's one of my biggest pet peeves actually.
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 9 years
I always go to the gym alone, at most I do some training runs with my boyfriend and he really pushes me. If I have no one around it is more me time and that is the way I like the gym!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That's why I go alone! I have friends at the gym, but I try to keep chitchat to a minimul.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't work out with anyone except my trainer and sometimes I do weight with my boyfriend. If anything I slow HIM down, but we have a good workout anyway.
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