According to two gym buddies
Trying something new can be intimidating, especially when it comes to new gyms or group fitness classes. But, like most things, when you have a friend to do it with, it's so much more fun.
Jordana and Marlie are two best friends who have been working out together for almost two years. And though they actually initially met in a fitness class, they developed a friendship outside of the gym that is so strong that now they even work together!
So we asked these fitness friends why they love working out together:
1. It’s just more fun
If you’re new to working out or trying a tough class for the first time, going to the gym can be super daunting, but when you bring a friend, it’s way less scary. If you’re awful at it, at least you can be awful together and laugh it off. And even if you’re a seasoned pro at the gym? “We both have individual fitness goals, [but] having a buddy to work out with definitely makes things more fun!”
2. They give you the extra motivation you need
A good gym buddy doesn’t shame you, which is why it’s good to find a pal who understands how hectic life can get. “We both function from a place where working out should feel positive and is for self-care, so if someone needs to bail, it’s not a big deal!”
3. But, if you have to bail, they get it
4. They can help you step up your game
5. You may actually make a new friend
Don’t have a gym buddy yet? It’s not too late to find one. Sometimes, the best gym buddies are the ones you meet right there in the gym, and if you’re really lucky, they may transition into a friend outside of class. “We actually never planned on being ‘workout buddies’. It kind of happened organically. We would see each other at group fitness classes, and after a few months started coordinating class times because we happened to be going to lots of the same classes anyways.”
Do you work out with a friend? Take a pic with your gym buddy and tag us on Instagram!