Be the Best Workout Partner You Can Be
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Working out with a partner can really boost your exercise routine, but are you holding up your end of the bargain and being the best workout partner you can be?
If you haven't tried working out with a partner yet, you should. It might not be for you; perhaps you like your time alone with headphones cranked, or you dig doing group classes and just zoning out. However, there are many studies out there showing that those who work out with a partner have a higher probability of reaching their personal fitness goals.
One of the reasons this is likely is because you have to set up and stick to a schedule that works for you and your partner. This provides accountability to yourself and someone else, and you can't let down either.
Another benefit of working out with someone else is it results in a more consistent and disciplined workout. If you have someone who pushes you on to the next exercise you'll be less likely to take all those long water breaks.
However, if and when you start working out with a partner, you want to make sure you are the best workout partner you can be. According to a study from Kansas State University (KSU), workout partners can motivate or deflate a workout session. Here's how to get it done!
The first rule of workout club is...to talk less. In the KSU study of 115 participants, researchers found that even those who shouted verbal encouragements to their partners actually worked out less than those who stayed silent. One reason this likely happens, according to the study, is that constant encouragement can be taken as patronizing. Best to just focus on the task at hand and leave the congratulatory remarks for your recovery shake time.
The next factor in being a good partner is that opposites really should attract. You and your partner should be unequal, in terms of skills, in some areas. The ideal number of how much better is 40 percent (so 40 percent faster, stronger, etc.). When you are working out with someone who is better at an exercise, you get motivated to be better yourself. So find out what your strengths are and balance those with your partner's strengths.
Another good way to be a good partner is to be dependable and plan ahead, together. You should not only be keeping track of your own progress, but your partner's too. Sharing your food journal with each other is a great way to keep on track together.
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