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Training for Baby: Workout buddies

Posted February 8, 2011

Working out with a friend can really help encourage you to keep hitting the gym.

I’ve never really had a workout buddy. My husband and I sometimes go running together, but outside of my Wii barking out commands and calling me fat, I am going it alone. I’ve made friends at the gym, but I don’t have any regular workout buddies.

I really need someone to hold me accountable and keep me entertained while I am suffering through weight-lifting or lunges. Group exercise classes can be great for camaraderie. That sense of community can help keep you moving through an especially rough kickboxing class or Zumba.

Signing up with a personal trainer was something I never thought I would do. I felt it was too pricy and, besides, I could work out on my own and drop those pounds. I soon found out that in addition to being very weak (I struggled to lift 10 pound weights), I didn’t know the first thing about getting fit and healthy.

That’s where my trainer came in. He has taught me a lot about fitness – I can now lift 15 pounds – and what not to eat – apparently Popeyes shouldn’t be eaten multiple times per week.

But he has also served as a workout buddy.

I would be less likely to hit the gym six days a week if I didn’t have someone I had to be accountable to. Knowing I have to report to him, keeps me from sleeping in on those days when I really feel like I have nothing left.

It also helps to have someone to chat with while you workout. Our sessions usually go by quickly because I’m entertained.

In addition to being my trainer, he has also become a friend.

Do you workout with anyone? How do you keep yourself motivated?

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for WRAL.com. She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.

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  • MyThreeDaughters Feb 10, 2011

    Not having a workout, walking, or exercise buddy has been my down fall. When I was taking Tae Kwon Do classes it helped to have Master Bruce know I was or wasn't there. Or the others in the class, if I was so lucky to have a buddy there, to check on me and hold me accountable. Now I try to go out to go walking but have no desire because my three daughters are home and I haven't seen them all day. The thought of getting up and having to go out on my own is depressing. I am looking into a trainer next.

  • lisalexander Feb 9, 2011

    I prefer to workout alone as well especially when I'm running on the treadmill at the YMCA with just my ipod. I also take a variety of classes (at least 3-4 a week) and I see the same faces at many of the classes. So, over time I've gotten to know them which makes the class more fun & helps motivate us all.

  • jkca Feb 9, 2011

    I prefer to work out alone at home. I have my own personal trainers, Tony Horton and Shaun T to motivate me! :)

  • snowl Feb 9, 2011

    I like to work out alone. That is a good time to think. We do too much talking and it takes away from the peace that comes with just having some 'me' time. That is why I prefer not to go to a gym. I have an elliptical machine at home, or just a good brisk walk by myself is a really good workout. I don't listen to music or the radio either....aaahhh...peace and quiet, thank you. Trust me, as you get older you will understand.

  • aloflin Feb 9, 2011

    No, I don't workout with anyone. I prefer to workout alone, so I can focus on the workout and not "waste" the time I do have chatting or socializing. I get my workout clothes out the night before, set my alarm for 4:30 and get moving! My rule is if I am not well enough to workout, then I am not well enough to go to work. I have missed very few days of work due to this rule!