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We use a lot of group training here and there are many good reasons for it. When you’re working out with a partner in a group, you get the benefit of having a personal trainer, plus the aid of your partner. A workout partner brings a lot to the table, especially if you’re working out at home. It makes the workout more fun and lots of times, improves your performance, particularly if there’s some friendly competition.
If you’re on your own, it’s far easier to skip a workout if you aren’t in the mood. When you know you’re meeting with a partner to workout, it’s a gentle nudge to make your appointment with the gym. Workout partners are also good if you’re both following a plan of healthy eating. You can compare notes and share great recipes or foods that you found delicious, healthy and lower in calories.
Yes, when you’re working out, it’s better to have another person. While I work to ensure everyone in the gym gets personal attention, especially when it comes to having the proper form, when you workout at home, that doesn’t happen. That’s where a workout partner can be invaluable. He or she can often spot mistakes to help improve form, which makes your workout more effective and reduces the risk of injury.
While you won’t spend all your workout time talking, you will spend some. That can make the difference between a boring workout that you dread and one that you look forward to doing. If you’re like many busy adults, you don’t have a lot of time during the week for a big social life. Adding a little comradery to your workout can make it more gratifying, while also make the time fly by quicker.