Motivation continues to be a huge factor in the success or unsuccessful journey when it comes to accomplishing your fitness goals. Having a training partner can be that motivation to get up early or take that intimidating class. Here are 3 benefits of having a training partner


“Having a reliable workout buddy increases your chances of sticking with your program,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, MS, PT, psychologist, physical therapist and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness (Morgan James, 2009).

Having someone to push you when your not giving it your all,or to remind you of why need to get healthy and fit is a game changer to keep you motivated and focused.


In order to achieve maximum results, you must be able to push yourself with constant self-motivation. Having a training partner will give you the ability to push one another to the limit without holding bank. This, in turn, will put you in a great position to achieve maximum results.

Intensity through Competition  .

Creating a friendly competition with your partner will take the focus off your grueling workouts and on beating your partner on different exercises or challenges you give one another


You can get a serious workout, without being serious – it’s okay to have fun. In fact, the more fun your workouts are, the more you’re going to look forward to and be commited to them over the long-term. There’s absolutely no doubt that the right workout buddy can make your workouts more fun. Working out alone can be lonely, so just having that social contact – being able to laugh, encourage and motivate – will make them much more enjoyable.

How to Be a Fab Fitness Buddy

Build your active partnership with thoughtful acts of support like these:

  • Be in touch. Send reminder texts or emails, prearrange rides to the gym, offer wake-up calls if necessary.
  • Be on time. Always.
  • Push your partner, then reinforce her efforts with praise.
  • Suggest new ideas and routines to keep things interesting and prevent plateaus. (Browse the Experience Life archives for workout ideas or consult a trainer every few months.)
  • Remind your partner of his goals and encourage him when the going gets rough.
  • Keep tabs on each other through illness, travel and other routine-breakers. It will make it easier to get back on track.
  • Talk about topics other than fitness. The more you care about your partner as a person, the stronger your alliance will be. But don’t wallow in negative talk. It’s an energy downer.
  • Be flexible. Sitter canceled? Take turns watching the kids so each of you can exercise independently.

Thanks to Mike Primo for his contribution to this blog