why it's better to train with a partner

why it's better to train with a partner

I have to admit I sometimes prefer working out alone. It's a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of London life, and find some time for myself. But when it comes to exercise, recruiting a training partner could be one of the most important things you do in order to help you achieve your goals.

Research done by Virgin Active Health Club found that on average 64% of women who run, go to the gym or attend exercise classes push themselves harder when training with a friend. The study showed that those who train with a partner actually train for longer, burn more calories and go to the gym more often. But why is that the case?


We've all been there - we set our alarm for an early morning workout only to hit the snooze button when it goes off! But would we do the same if we had arranged to meet a friend? It's human nature that we don't like to let people down - I know I won't hit the snooze button if I've arranged a training session with a partner.


Everyone finds it easier to push themselves with a bit of extra encouragement. How often do we set ourself a target before training only to cut it short on the home stretch? Having someone there to spur us on when the going gets tough helps make sure we are always giving our all.

provides competition

We're all human beings (I hope!) - nobody likes coming second best or being left behind. Having a little competition helps to keep us on our toes and working to the best of our ability.

someone to talk to

Ever been on an exercise machine with the clock staring back at you, thinking when is this going to end?! Having someone to chat to as we train can offer a distraction, and help the time go faster.

serve as spotters

One for the weight lifters! Having a partner to spot us (help with the bar) as we lift ensures our safety and means we can be more confident in lifting heavier weights.


Having someone to celebrate with us when we reach our goals can make training more satisfying and encourage us to challenge ourselves.

where to find a partner?

It's easy for me to say start training with a partner but it's not always as straightforward as that. Many of us have busy lives and finding a friend who can train at the same time is often problematic. So here are a few tips to consider if you're struggling to find a partner.

Ask a work colleague

A work colleague is a good option as you will probably work similar hours.

Look around the gym

Is there anyone else training on their own? Just go up and ask if they would like a partner. Seriously. They will benefit too.

Join a fitness group or class

If you can't find someone to train with, go to a class instead of hitting the gym on your own - you'll likely meet someone in the class who is also interested in training together.

It doesn't matter if you've been training for years or just starting out, having a training partner will help make sure you are getting the most out of your training and the chances are you will enjoy it more. So get out there and start looking for a companion to join you on your journey to the new, fitter you.

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Tom Davies
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