You’ll be more motivated
Don’t feel like working out after work? It’s one thing to cancel plans with yourself—it’s another to cancel on a friend who’s counting on you. No one wants to be Debbie Downer by bailing and letting down your friend. You’re much more likely to meet your friend for a planned workout session at 6 p.m. compared to tentative plans you made with yourself for, say, sometime after lunch.
You’ll work out harder
Whenever you’re working out with someone else, the intensity is always going to be greater than when you’re alone. One key tip when picking your partner: Your athletic abilities should be in the same ballpark. A more seasoned gym-goer won’t get as much out of working out with a newbie, while a beginner can find it frustrating if he’s only doing a third of what his partner can do.
Your workouts can be more fun
News flash: The treadmill and the bench press aren’t the most exciting ways to pass the time. With a partner, though, you can get your heart racing with some one-on-one basketball, racquetball, or even just a partner workout like the ones in our three-day program for training partners.
You’ll finally be able to afford a personal trainer
Sharing a cheeseburger is cheaper than buying one yourself (and fewer calories). The same math applies when it comes to a personal trainer. At Crunch, for example, a one-on-one session costs about $85, but a partner training session runs around $50 per person.
You’ll always have a spotter
Never again will you have to approach a random meathead and ask him to spot you. Never again will you have to count your own reps.
If you have a spotter, you don’t have to worry as much. You’re more likely to power through the 11th, 12th, and 13th reps—and each of those little lifts will add up and make a difference. Use your spotter to keep an eye on your form as you work, too.