They say you are more apt to follow through on something if someone is relying on you.
Have you ever “planned” to do a workout early in the morning, by yourself, and just hit the snooze button when your alarm went off? Put that same scenario into play, but your best friend is meeting you at the gym, at 5:30 am, to do a spin class with you. People are more likely to not hit the snooze button if their friend is expecting them to show up.
We put this same philosophy into play with our LiveFit Triathlon Challenge. We took our 6 Pack and put them into teams, or buddied-them-up. Bill and Sandy, Becky and Angie (see photo below from a recent workout) and Tina & Missy are training as buddies. They are holding each other accountable, pushing each other to do those last couple of reps and supporting each other when they are struggling to get motivated.
Working out with a buddy is not only holding you accountable, but it gives you the ability to relate to someone going through the same stuff you are. You will be sore together, can complain about a trainer (i.e. Junius) who is putting you through a hard workout and smile together after achieving a milestone fitness goal. It is fun to share that experience with someone else, especially one of your best friends…
A quote from Angie’s blog entry in Janaury:
“I’d also like to mention how happy I am to be taking this challenge with my workout buddy, Becky Rosenbaum. Becky and I worked out prior to the 6-Pack which has only been a benefit since our training began. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about our strengths, struggles and goals. I think we’re at the same fitness level which also helps during our training sessions. I look forward to seeing Becky accomplish this challenge. I look forward to taking the journey with her. We’ve only completed a couple weeks but I can honestly say that this has been life changing. I can’t wait to see how I feel after I complete my 1st triathlon!”
Today’s takeaway is “buddy-up!” Find a person, friend, spouse, parent or sibling, who you can take the journey to a healthier lifestyle with. This person will be your partner who you can rely on to get you through the challenging times of training, but will be there at the end when you cross that finish line. There will be an amazing sense of accomplishment, and what better way to do it than share it with someone close to you.
Something to react to: How has training with a buddy helped you through the challenging times of working out? Examples are great.
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