Written by: Dekkel Bachar

One is company, two’s a crowd, three’s a party. Yup, that sounds about right. If you’re anything like me, the second you get to the gym your headphones go in and you shut the world out. That hour in your day is your sacred ‘me time’ and if anybody thinks about bothering you they’ve got another thing coming.

That being said, I do have a select few friends that I don’t mind hitting a workout with.

Working out with a friend is not a bad idea by any means, but coming in a group may be. Think about the most effective way to maximize your workout and ensure that you’re not wasting your time or anybody else’s.

Once in a while, heading to the gym with a buddy is not a bad idea. When you’re lacking in the motivation department, they are there to push you harder than you would push yourself (*see article titled Next Stop: Motivation Station). When you’re getting bored of your routine, they can help spice things up a little and show you new exercises and routines. And who doesn’t like a little bit of friendly competition? It’s awesome having someone there, that will help you push yourself to your full potential, because you’re the best and you’re going to prove it.

So, what makes the perfect workout partner? We’re going to explore the best traits you should look for when searching for your new pal!

1.     Someone who is as motivated as you

When you’re both striving to better yourselves and improve your lifestyle and/or physique it’s important to work out with someone who is in the same mindset as you. It is so important to have a partner who is serious about their workout and doesn’t screw around or socialize too much. Their motivation and similar mindset will ensure that you’re both getting the best results from your workout.

2.     Similar goals

Your partner should understand what you are there for and what you are trying to achieve and empathize with it. They should want similar results.

3.     Someone who is of equal or HIGHER fitness level as you

You need someone who can push you. Someone who when you see them workout you want to reach their level and prove yourself through them. Having someone who is on the same level as you will make the workout easier (because you can do the same exercises/reps/sets) and when your partner knows what you want, they can push you towards your ultimate goal.

That being said, someone who is of equal/greater skill set in comparison to you, is capable to pushing you further- helping you make the most of your workout. 

4.     Matching schedules

Having a workout partner means nothing if you guys can’t actually hit the gym together. Whether you decide to go bright and early in the morning, on your lunch break or after work having a partner you can match schedules with is mandatory, logistically speaking.

5.     Reliability

On that note, having a partner who actually shows up is super important. There is nothing worse than sitting at the gym waiting for your friend for 20 minutes because they’re running late for the third time this week.

Flakiness is not a great quality to have in any aspect of life, especially when that pre-workout starts to hit.

6.     Good attitude

Having someone who is positive and actually excited to get started is so important. You will feed off of each other’s attitudes, so if one of you isn’t quite feeling the workout that day your partner will probably be able to tell and it’ll bring you both down. That being said, the more pumped up you are, the more pumped they will get and your workout will be KILLER

Having someone there who possesses these traits will help you push yourself to your full potential and you will do the same for them. And remember, you don’t ALWAYS have to work out with a partner, and you don’t ALWAYS have to work out alone. Spice things up a little, it will do wonders for your routine! 

Dekkel Bachar | @Dekks_