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Training for Baby: Workout buddies

Posted February 8, 2011 8:00 p.m. EST

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.