3 Ways a Training Partner Gives You an Edge

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Part of human nature dictates seeking the companionship of others. It's an innate, instinctive quality that helps us to feel alive, connected and human.

Companionship goes beyond our day-to-day relationships and friendships. "Buddying up" also occurs quite frequently in the realm of fitness. Certainly many workouts and exercise programs only require one person's efforts. And for many, exercising solo is just the escape they're looking for. However, a huge part of the population thrives on fitness being a social event where companionship is key.

Small group training and fitness classes are as popular as ever. Personal trainers wouldn't have a job if people didn't want to hire someone to talk with and guide them through a workout. People love to have someone to work out with, and frankly, it comes with a ton of benefits. A workout partner instantly transforms an activity that some people may dislike, into something quite a lot more enjoyable. And for those of us who love training and exercising in the first place, having a friend share the experience is just icing on the cake!

Truthfully, there are boundless reasons why a training partner is a positive means of achieving your health and fitness goals. We're going to explore just three reasons why if you don't already have one, it's time to start recruiting your newest BFF at the pool, gym, Whole Foods or other healthy-person hot spots.

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Partners Provide Accountability and Motivation

How many times has your 5 a.m. alarm clock gone off with the intent of an early morning workout only to be followed with the snooze button again and again? ZERO times if you're planning on meeting up your friend for an early morning ride.

Having a workout partner keeps you completely accountable. Knowing you have to meet someone at a certain place and time keeps you on track and less likely to skip that workout. You want to skip strength training after work and head to happy hour instead? No way! Your workout buddy knows what's best for the both of you, and seeks to provide you with the motivation you need to get the workout done.

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About the Author

Keely Hedges

Keely Hedges is a San Diego-based personal trainer, spinning and fitness instructor, and regular contributor on Lavamagazine.com. She is an avid runner having completed many half and full marathons. She enjoys adventure racing, hiking, and being outdoors as much as she can. Keely also enjoys freelance writing and blogging on her site workitrockstar.blogspot.com. Like her Facebook page.

Keely Hedges is a San Diego-based personal trainer, spinning and fitness instructor, and regular contributor on Lavamagazine.com. She is an avid runner having completed many half and full marathons. She enjoys adventure racing, hiking, and being outdoors as much as she can. Keely also enjoys freelance writing and blogging on her site workitrockstar.blogspot.com. Like her Facebook page.

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