Having trouble pulling yourself into the gym on a regular basis, especially on cold, rainy days? Need that extra push during a timed workout that only friendly competition can give you? It might be time to schedule a gym date at Ignite with a friend or other client that usually frequents the gym at the same time. There are plenty of benefits of training with a friend or gym buddy.
Keep each other accountable. When you use our booking system to let us know when you’re coming in, the appointment helps keep you accountable because you know we are expecting you at the specified time. Even better, however, is planning a workout with a buddy and booking in together. This works best if you have always wanted to get to the gym in the morning but could never really get out of bed. It is much harder to hit the snooze button when you know a friend is expecting you at the gym in 20 minutes.
Encouragement. While us trainers will definitely provide encouragement during your session, a training partner will always be there to get you through that last squat or give you the confidence necessary to get that first muscle up.
Friendly competition. Sometimes, when there’s a timed workout or tabata at the end of your program, it can be very easy to just coast through it rather than going all out. Having someone with you starting the same workout at the same time will undoubtedly cause you to pick up the intensity. Even if your training partner is more or less skilled than you are, the friendly competition will set in and likely result in a more intense and effective workout than if completing it alone. Scaling is always an option to allow for equal difficulty between partners. Doing timed workouts or tabatas with a friend is especially easy to figure out since it does not necessarily require scheduling showing up to the gym at the same time. If you realise that you and one or more others have a timed workout from the board at the end of your program, it’s easy to set up together and get going! Ask to be put on the big clock!
So perhaps you want to get in the gym in the mornings, or maybe you need that extra push during the timed workouts. These are just two of the many reasons you may want to coordinate a couple visits with another client. Fun friday perhaps?