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I’ve debated back and forth about having a workout partner. I wouldn’t mind having a workout partner, however, I’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided that I’m better off working out on my own. I do know what I’m probably missing out on by not having one:
Pros of having a workout partner
- Motivation – a workout partner can push you
- Spotter – it’s nice having someone to spot you
- More likely to workout when you have to meet someone
- Can help you maintain proper form
- Can challenge each other
While the benefits above are nice, the cons seem to outweigh them in my opinion.
Cons of having a workout partner:
- May not have the same fitness goals
- May not be dependable
- Lack of solitude
- Having to keep a schedule
- More cause for distractions
- Can slow you down
Finding a good workout partner can be difficult. Even family and friends can be difficult to turn into reliable workout partners. I do prefer the solitude of working out. Many times when I exercise I like clearing my head and letting out my frustrations on the weights or cardio machines. It’s “my time” and it’s nice when you just want to get away.
Every now and then I do wish that I had a like-minded workout partner for motivational purposes. Until then, I’ll stick to listening to my iPod for motivation. What is your opinion on workout partners – yay or nay?