Two Is Better Than One: Workout With a Friend!
Jan 16 2015

Two Is Better Than One: Workout With a Friend!

jonmattThere are some things in life that just couldn’t be done without a friend along for the ride. A few that come to mind: brunch, happy hour and deciding upon the perfect outfit. All of these things could be done solo, but would be so much less fun (and more time consuming), am I right? Another that belongs on the do-it-with-a-friend list is hitting the gym!

Bringing a friend along for your VIDA workouts not only gives you a chance to catch up, but also offers a ton of benefits to your current fitness routine. Working out with someone who shares comparable goals (talk about these first to make sure you’re both aiming for similar things) can help you stay motivated and ensure you’re giving your workouts all you’ve got. Here are three major reasons why a gym buddy will enhance your workout:

1. You’re less likely to skip. It’s easy to talk yourself out of getting to the gym when it’s too cold, too early, you’re too tired, or a number of other reasons. You’ll be less inclined to bail knowing your friend is depending on you to be there especially if you know you’ll catch heat from them afterwards for not showing up. Coordinating your workouts with someone else means having to plan them in advance, so you can make sure no other obligations will interfere with your gym schedule. Come up with an agreement that whoever bails on a workout owes the other dinner so you have further incentive not to skip. No one likes to let down their friends!

2. You’ll push yourself harder. Alternating sets with someone introduces a healthy level of competition to your fitness routine. You may only do three reps of 15 on your own, but if your friend does four, you’re more likely to do four too. Experts say people are motivated to perform better when paired up with someone slightly more in shape than they are. So don’t be discouraged if your friend can lift a little more than you – you’ll challenge yourself in ways that you wouldn’t normally as you try to stay on par with him/her. Friendly competition gives you the push you need to finish those last few reps or hit that last machine when you’d usually be in the locker room by now. Your friend might also have suggestions for new exercises you haven’t tried yet, and vice versa. It’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone and discover new moves that work for your body!

3. It’s more fun! Incorporating a social aspect into your workouts makes it less of a chore and more of something enjoyable to look forward to at the end (or beginning) of the day. You’ll get to catch up with your friend in between sets and spend some QT together while pushing each other to give it all they’ve got. Having someone to laugh and talk with takes your mind off how much time is passing, and before you know it you’ve completed your workout! As long as you’re mindful of others and focused on your workouts (don’t tie up a machine for 20 mins talking about the latest Real Housewives drama,) then working out with a friend is one of the best things you can do for your fitness and social life!

Aside from these awesome benefits, VIDA offers the membership referral program! When you refer a friend you’ll receive a $25 bonus for the first one, $50 for the second, $100 for the third, and $100 for every friend after that. Not only will your workouts be getting a boost, you’ll be saving money too! VIDA also offers small group training packages, so you and your friends can receive private sessions with one of our certified trainers. We look forward to seeing you and your friends crushing your workouts, and don’t forget to tag your #VIDAresolution selfie when you’re done!

Written by absherman