August 18th, 2017
Workout partner

6 Traits of the Perfect Workout Partner

Having a great workout partner can be super beneficial in helping you accomplish your health and fitness goals. The problem is it isn’t always so easy to identify that person.

6 Traits of the perfect workout partner

We’ve listed 6 traits below that should help you find a workout partner to help take you to the next level. Enjoy!

Dependable

The perfect workout partner is dependable. This means they’re on time, ready to go, and they never bail unless it is a truly legitimate reason.

It’s always smart to lay out some ground rules on missing a workout and what constitutes a legitimate reason for missing a workout.

A nice way to keep your partner honest is to make them bring the post workout snack next workout if they have to bail. A mean way to keep them honest is to make them do 50 burpees at the end of the next workout.

Remember, this relationship is a two way street. You’re both responsible for keeping each other motivated and on track.

Available

You want to have a workout partner that is available both physically and mentally. Most importantly, you want to have someone with a very similar schedule and availability.

Results from working out happen when you are consistent, therefore you want to build a routine. This is very challenging and can lead to inconsistent workouts if you are constantly having to reschedule.

You also want your workout partner to be present mentally. This means they are focused on the workout and not taking up time telling you about a rude co-worker or dating trouble.

Motivating

Motivation comes in many forms, whether someone possesses physical traits and mental fortitude you desire, or are just incredibly supportive and happy.

You don’t want your partner to pressure you into swaying from your goals or influence you with bad habits.

Most importantly, you want them to be supportive of your goals and efforts, and determined to get you both there.

Simpatico

It’s important to have a workout partner who shares similar goals and a similar fitness level. This way you can relate better when it comes to the challenges you’ll face. You’ll both have your eye on the same prize, and can power through tough workouts together.

That being said, they should be fun and easy to get along with. After all, you’re going to be spending a few hours with them every week and you want to enjoy it!

Open Minded

This is especially important for both you and your workout buddy to follow. There should be a healthy balance of advice and critique. Don’t be overly critical, even if you know more about fitness than your partner, and on the flip side, don’t be overly sensitive.

An easy rule to follow here is don’t give more advice than you get, especially if it’s not warranted.

Significant Others

So this isn’t quite a trait, but it’s definitely important to note. Working out out with your significant other is potentially opening up a huge can of worms.

While your hubby, man friend, girlfriend, etc. may be a fitness guru/personal trainer, physique model and premier athlete all rolled into one… they may not make the best workout partner.

That being said, if you can make it work and have found the perfect “swolemate” then go for it girl! Just beware that mixing training and relationships can be both a beautiful thing… and a potentially exasperating affair.

Evan Clark

Evan Clark is a former wildland firefighter turned fitness pro (NSCA CPT). Though he loves his heavy squat and deadlift sessions, he believes that health and fitness extend well beyond the gym and that fitness should be a tool to promote mental health and lifestyle balance.

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